After I ran a half marathon in October, I wondered, could I do it? Could I run a marathon? So, I decided to try.
For the half marathon, I ran varying distances each week, depending on how I felt. About 5 days before the half marathon, I ran 13 miles to see if I could accomplish it. I ran the half marathon without problems. But, I was aware that I was pretty fortunate. I had no idea what I needed to do to train. I just ran and then ran some more. When I decided that I wanted to work toward a marathon, I decided to join a running club with a marathon training program.
I am in week 10 of a 16 week marathon training program.
The amazing part? I'm loving it. I'm under no illusions that it will be easy. It is going to be one of the most difficult things I've done. However, I'm loving getting ready for it. Even when I am exhausted after a run or after a few days of running, I am still looking forward to the next run. Each run leaves me with a myriad of feelings. Inspired. Accomplished. Strong. Tired. Sore. Determined.
Each Saturday, I run a longer run on trails. This past Saturday, I ran 14 miles. I felt fantastic afterwards. I also went home and took a nice long nap.
I've never attempted to take pictures during a run before. I took a few pictures on Saturday.
The sun was just coming up, as I was doing a little warm up in my neighborhood.
Steamboat Ditch Trail
Snow capped mountains on the horizon
The city off in the distance