We are doing it. We are running a marathon. The pinnacle of road races. We have signed up for the 35th Annual California International Marathon on Sunday, December 3rd.
And there’s no going back.
We have run a half marathon and a few of the Reno Tahoe Odyssey relay races, but nothing with this sort of mileage. We have also been on the record of saying the following:
You get the picture.
So how did we end up signing up?
Emma: I have had this notion that there would be no possible way I would be able to run a marathon. Even though I am a runner, I’ve had this belief that a marathon wasn’t for me or for someone with my body type. And then I woke up one morning and thought “well what if I could do it?” I was also really inspired by Kelly Roberts of Run Selfie Repeat and seeing her go through her mission to qualify for Boston. It was inspiration for me to have a goal so big, so insurmountable and to just to tackle it and my fear. And that’s when I called America.
America: Emma called me up one day and told me she was thinking about running a marathon like she was telling me she had a sordid secret. The history with Emma and I is this: Emma will have an insane idea and will say let's do The Thing and I will say I don’t want to do The Thing but then I end up Doing The Thing. And all of a sudden she signed me up and paid for it and it’s happening.
What do we hope to gain from this?
America: For me, as it stands now, the marathon is completely separate from the training process. Right now I am geeking out on the training. I love planning and organizing runs and seeing how training builds up to something. I am really excited for the fact that for the next 18 weeks I will be dedicated to something. At the beginning of this process I am going to be at one place in my running and at the end of this 18 week program I am going to be at a different place. The race is going to be a race. It could be wonderful or terrible. But training is going to be exciting. It’s my favorite thing about running with Emma. She comes up with a crazy idea and a plan and then I organize the plan and keep us accountable to it.
Emma: The focus is on the training. I love to train. I love to grow as a runner. At this point I don’t really care about the race. I am more focused on changing me and growing. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters. I hope the race is awesome but even if it isn't at least we trained and give it all we could.
We are excited for this crazy journey and hope you will follow us!