I was a little in shock last night when I saw that pop up in my Twitter mentions. I went from “OMG. OMG. OMG.” to “Holy crap, it’s in a MONTH?” to “Um.. Can we afford this?”
After having a night to sleep on the news, I have a few things consider:
- I haven’t exactly been training for a marathon – Obviously, that creates a small problem. I briefly discussed it last night with Stacey (who also won an entry) & I resigned myself that the smartest move would be to use the Galloway Method of running & walking intervals to tackle this challenge. In the coming weeks, I’d continue my long runs, but do all of them at over 10 miles a piece.
- Can I run a marathon alone? 26.2 miles is a long, long way. Ideally, I would like to have a buddy, if not a training group to help me through the inevitable wall that I know I’d hit. With Stacey also undecided, this is a huge factor for me.
- Can we really afford this? We’re leaving for a 10-day European vacation TOMORROW. Understandably so, it’s taking a significant chunk of cash out of our savings. Can we really afford for me to jet off to Chicago for a weekend? There’s flights, hotels, food, etc to factor into this. & could we afford for Brandon to come as well? I’d hate to do this without him there.
So there you have it. I might be running a marathon in a month. I might not. Like I said, I have a lot to consider, as this is a pretty huge decision to make.
Any insight is GREATLY appreciated 🙂