Last night I completed my very last training run during taper week in preparation for my very first full marathon. On Sunday I will be running in the Williams Route 66 Marathon. 26.2 miles is a long ways to go, plus I was crazy enough to sign up for the Center of the Universe Detour which will add an additional .3 miles to the race. (Insert crazy ginger comment here.)

This time last year I never thought I would be here. Last year my longest run was 6 miles. I trained to run that distance because I was participating in the Route 66 Marathon Relay. And that race is what sparked my running addiction.

Quick running story - My friend, co-worker, and fellow ginger, Amber, asked me to join her relay team her and a couple friends were putting together. Without even thinking about the fact that I had never even made it through a 5K without walking I said "Yes!" Unfortunately during the relay, one of our teammates was injured on the course. We quickly shuffled the running order and made it work. At the last relay exchange we decided we wanted to keep going even though our teammate had already left to finish the race. Amber and I ended up running a little over 11 miles that day and we had only been training to run 5! It was at that moment we decided if we can run 11 miles without proper training, we could run a half marathon! 

My New Year's resolution was to run a half marathon. Did we do it? Yes! Not only did we run one half marathon, my husband Donovan and I ran three in the Spring! We earned our Half Fanatic status when we finished the Joplin Memorial Run in May 2012. (I'm Fanatic #2550-Neptune)

So many people ask me all the time: "Why do you run?" My answer is really simple actually. I run for health reasons and for a hobby that allows me to meet new people. After all, I've never met a stranger!  Not everyone that I talk to about running knows that during my first 5k I was about 30 lbs heavier than I am now. Now I run to keep the weight off. I run because my family health history is chasing me and it is scary! I want to live a long and healthy life and running will help me do that. So that's that! 

Now it is time to focus on my race! Shoes? Check! 19 weeks of training? Check! Trips to the Chiropractor? Check! Check! Check! 

If you are free on Sunday morning feel free to pick a spot on the course and cheer for us, cheer for the other runners, and show the other race participants how awesome Tulsa really is! You have no idea how seeing a smiling face when you are really struggling to run another step, can really change your energy! Funny signs, air-horns, cowbells, crazy costumes, and pom-poms are all highly encouraged!



11/16/2012 8:01pm

Good Luck! I'll be running the mary+detour too... maybe we'll pass/bump into one another! :)

11/17/2012 2:28am

have fun at the race! this race is a bucket list race for me.

11/17/2012 4:45am

Very jealous of you. Would love to be able to run this soon. Best of luck and will be patiently waiting for the Race Report with pics!

11/19/2012 10:23am

Thanks Everyone! I just logged in to start writing my blog post about the race! Jess - I hope you had a great race!
RunInBoise - You should totally do it! The Center of the Universe Detour was so fun!
Shane - 2013??? Let's do it!

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