I’m running the Richmond Marathon tomorrow! This is my FIRST marathon, and I’m scared and nervous and excited and have no idea what to expect, which makes me not so excited. I like planning and being prepared and knowing how things are going to unfold and what is going to happen. When I don’t know what to expect, I freak out a little bit. I feel confident in my training but I’ve had a lot of trouble setting my goals. So I just decided to take the pressure off and run a goal-free race.
I honestly get emotional thinking about crossing the finish line. This is something I have worked SO hard for this year, and even when I thought about giving up during my injury, I pictured that moment at the finish line in my head over and over again and it kept me going. No matter what the clock reads when I cross the finish line tomorrow, I will know that I worked hard for that time and that I earned it, and I will be proud of it.
Training has not been easy and at times has been extremely frustrating for me, but it has been a learning experience and I already know a few things I will do differently if I decide to train for another marathon next year. I’ve had some really great runs and I’ve had some really bad ones, but overall I’ve become a MUCH stronger runner and have pushed myself harder in the past 9 months than I ever have before.
Thankfully I will have my dad by my side for this race to push me along, just like he has done throughout this whole training cycle (although he did tell me about a month ago there was no way I was going to be able to do this race… and of course that motivated me more than anything).
This post is all over the place, I know, but I do feel like I need to address all you wonderful people who have been reading my blog. The best decision I made this year besides deciding to do a marathon was deciding to blog about it.
Blogging is a weird thing. At first I cared way too much about everyone’s approval and making sure people wouldn’t get the wrong idea. Some might assume people blog just to get attention for your accomplishments or for self promotion, but that’s really not the reason I decided to make this blog. Before I started blogging, I read a lot of running blogs because I was interested in people’s experiences, and reading about their experiences with marathons motivated me to run one myself. I decided to write about it to hold myself accountable for that decision and I didn’t really think anyone would read it or care about it. What I ended up with was an amazing community of online friends that have helped me so much this year.
Although I haven’t met any of you in person (yet), you guys are my friends and I think about you all the time and care about you. I tell my husband all about your lives and your families and how you did in your races. I look up your results and wait patiently for your recaps and support you 100%. You’ve helped me through injuries and stressful situations and you calmed my nerves before my first half marathon. So thank you for being kind and motivating and inspirational with your own stories and for finding the time to listen to mine.
If you would like to track me during the race, my bib number is 3144. My name for the race is my maiden name, Maddie Fager. I signed up wayyyyy before I got married and forgot to use my future name 🙂
You can sign up for runner alerts here, or you can use the Richmond Marathon app to track me during the race. I will be running with my phone, so motivational tweets/messages are welcomed!!!