Run the Race

For the past 4 years of my life, I’ve called myself a runner. But even as I type that out, I almost feel like it’s a title I don’t deserve. I haven’t always been faithful to my “hobby” and I haven’t always loved it either.

I started as an almost 30-year-old couch potato who needed an outlet. I had a few friends who were runners or starting to run and it seemed like a simple & inexpensive hobby (HA!) so I gave it a try too.

Whatever it was, it worked. It was exactly what I needed at that time in my life and apparently it still is. I’m not exactly sure how man races I’ve run, but I do know they stretch from 1 mile to 13.1 miles in length. And I don’t have an exact count of how many miles I’ve logged, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that number was over 1,000.

Some of those miles have been fast & easy, others have been slow and painful, but they have all been memorable.

Now, fast forward to the summer of 2017…

Somewhere in our conversations the crazy idea to finally run “that marathon” we were hoping to do “someday” came up. At first it was a joke, a silly thought. Then it began to feel attainable. At some point, before I really realized what was happening, it was a plan.

We are actually going to do it.

For the past 4 months we’ve been working and training the best we can. Marathon training is demanding. It is so hard to cut out a three-hour chunk of time to go run and to cross train on top of that. Anna and I committed to take as little time from our families as we could. We often did our training runs late in the evening, each one grew a little darker, longer and colder than the one before. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked.

We virtually started from scratch, she with an infant at home, and we worked our way up to a 16 mile run. We’ve come so far, but 10 miles more is still a long way to go. Some would say we aren’t ready. And let’s face it, we may not be. But that’s okay. 

We aren’t running this race to set an impressive time. We’re running this race so we have no regrets. We’re running to prove to our children, and ourselves, that we can do hard things. That we are capable of doing more than we think we can. And when I want to quit, I know she’ll remind me of that.

Am I excited? Of course!
Am I scared? You bet!
Is it going to be hard? I don’t think I have a clue just how hard it will be. 

But ready or not, the time is here.
I am so abundantly thankful to be running this race, together.

I’ll be sharing our marathon progress on IG stories this Sunday.
We’d love to have you cheer us on!

Thoughts on training for my very first #marathon #rocktheroute Click To Tweet
  • Heather Bramlett

    So proud of you! I wish you the best of luck on your race! I know you can do it!

  • You are so awesome!! All the best on sunday, lovely girl!!

    • Thank you so much Sarita. It was AWESOME!

  • Lizzie Simantz

    My bestie is a marathon runner and I know it’s so much hard work! You got this girl!!

    • That amazes me! I did one and I am like, NEVER again!

  • I am so proud of you! Way to go 🙂 I am a terrible runner. My knees just don’t do it, but I couldn’t be happier for you and the fact you did the hard things here 🙂 Keep up the fab girl!!

    • YES! I loved proving to myself that I could do hard things. SO awesome.

  • Erin Wetherbee

    That is SO amazing. You can do it and that feeling of accomplishment will be so sweet. So proud of you, that training is so demanding but you did it! xoxo ERIN

    • Oh it most certainly was. Thank you SO much!

  • I’ve always wanted to be a runner but I’m horrible at it. Good luck!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    No regrets…that’s what it’s all about! Wishing you luck, perseverance, peace and joy as you accomplish such an awesome goal! The BEST running vibes coming your way!! Run Beth…RUN!! xoxoxo

  • Good luck! Training for and running a marathon is no joke. You got this! Have fun and hang on!!

  • Good luck!!

    • Thanks Becky! Your messages today were very appreciated.

  • Whitney Jordan

    Cheering you on and praying for a safe, fun, uneventful, exciting race day!! You can do it!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your sweet words today were so encouraging!

  • I realllyyyy want to like running. I think signing up for a race is what I need to motivate me to give it another go!

    • The way I learned to love running was by finding someone to learn to love running with. I could NEVER, do anything more than 5-6 miles without someone to talk to or spur me on.

  • I don’t know how I missed this post, but way to go friend!!

    • It happens! Sometimes I have posts randomly pop up on Blogloving from DAYS ago. What the what?! Thank you!