Who in the hell runs for fun?
This is going to be a long ass post so prepare yourselves…
On June 6th I participated in my 2nd half marathon. Hospital Hill in Kansas City Missouri.
Gotta love the race day photos… Anyways it was a tough race. Obviously the hills were difficult, the fact that I worked the night before and had ZERO sleep before the race was tough and the fact that it started raining at around mile 8 or 9. It was hard as hell but I still finished with a time of 2 hours and 17 minutes. There were thousands of people there and the scene was amazing.
After the race it was a struggle but with all of the soreness I still felt great that I could run as far as I did again.
Whenever I first started “training” for my first half marathon in April, this idea of running for distance was mind boggling to me. As time goes on, I have learned to like the idea of running long distances. I’m starting to like how my friends envy me and my ability to run for long distances.
Of course I have people who think that I’m crazy and it’s cool to be a lil crazy/psycho. Especially if it’s something that I’m passionate about. I love the idea of staying in shape and being healthy but I still gotta change some eating habits…
Long story short, I’ve been thinking of running a full marathon. I’ve looked at a marathon in December that’s in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’m thinking that’s the one that I’m going to sign up for. I’m killing what seems like many birds with one stone. One of my bucket list goals is to run a full marathon, another would be to travel to a tropical place and I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, so…fuck it! I think that I’m going to sign up for that one! Yup! I signed up for it! 26.2 miles in Honolulu!
I still have many questions that need to be answered…
- How would I run and lift weights during my training? Obviously running is the main priority, but lifting some weights can help with building strong muscles that are needed to run such a long distance. At least that’s what I’ve been told…
- How will I be able to train while working full time and going to school? I’m pretty sure I’ll figure that out.
- What type of training regimen would I need to follow? Anywhere from 3-5 days a week I’m guessing, with one of those days bring the long run. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
- How will I eat/drink and run at the same time?
- What type of diet would best fit a potential marathon runner? Are specific nutrients needed more than others? All of them are needed but I’m still curious.
- I’m sure there’s more but I’ll think of them at a later date…
To go along with this training for running a full marathon, I’ve also partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise some money for a child along the way. For every mile that I run, I’ll donate a dollar to my personal fundraiser. I’ve even created a personal Facebook page that describes this fundraiser even more which you can hopefully check out here.
Recently I got the chance to meet Savannah, a Make-A-Wish child who got her chance to go to Disneysorld and meet Cinderella! She has battled and fought against leukemia and is now winning the fight.
That’s all I have for now! I’ll be sure to update you guys as I cross off something on my bucket list soon! Take care!