“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Going all the way

At the Cap City Expo last year, I bought this tech shirt.  I was 5.5 months pregnant at the time, and thought it would be hilarious to take my belly photo with this shirt on, but not covering the belly.
It says "13.1
I don't go all the way"
Then, a couple months ago, I applied for the ING New York Marathon.  I thought I should put all this getting into shape I'm doing for the Rainier climb to good use and finally go for the full marathon.

Today, I hovered on the computer around 12:35 because that's when you were supposed to be able to find out whether you got in on the non-guaranteed entries for the lottery.  They then changed that line on the website to say "check in later today," and then changed it to say "Check back April 26 to find out if you're in".  I was starting to feel like I didn't want to get in anyway, since it would be a solo trip.  Nonetheless, the not-knowing was killing me.

Apparently, it was killing Avery too, as she refused to take her afternoon nap. 
I don't want to miss it if you get in Mommy!
Just before my strength-training workout this evening, my New York profile unlocked and I got to see the lovely "not accepted" phrase.  (based on the lack of charged fees on my credit card, I was kind of expecting it).  I actually felt a little sad.  Something about the phrase "not accepted" under your name is just sad.  

Before, I could decide that it was I sign that I should never run a full 26.2 freaking miles, I loaded the Columbus Marathon page and....

"Thank you for submitting your entry for the October 21, 2012 Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon: Marathon"
Cassie, I think I should climb on you to celebrate Mommy's craziness!
So.  It's official.  I'm going all the way.  I think I'm in shock.

For those of you who have run those 26.2 miles - any tips, suggestions, concerns?

If you haven't run a marathon, do you want to?


  1. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to cheer you on during your marathon!!!

  2. Go Mandy! I have a marathon on my goal list but I'm certainly not ready to try for entry yet *eeek* I can't wait to hear all about your journey towards 26.2 :)

  3. Yay, so happy for you! You are going to ROCK it!

  4. This is such exciting news!!! No concerns here! I'm just completely over the moon for you. And we will be running 26.2 on the same day (if my back cooperates): you in Columbus and me in Detroit. Advice? Don't worry about your time, get a 20-miler or two under your belt and have fun with it. I can't wait to hear about the journey.

  5. Awesome!! Congrats to you! You have plenty of time to prepare-- like Terzah said, just aim to get one or two 20's in pre race and enjoy it. It's a long way to go but so doable, and such an amazing feeling of accomplishment afterward!

  6. I am so excited to be training with you for this!! Let's hope we're not sick of each other by then! LOL


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