Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Philadelphia Marathon 2009: This will quite possibly be a disaster

Everyone knows that old saying about if everyone jumped off a bridge and blah blah blah. Well, I've found that in my life, whenever I come across that group of people who are heading towards the bridge, I drop everything I'm doing, grab a beach ball, and make sure I'm wearing a bathing suit that won't give me a totally awful wedgie when my ass hits the water.

It's disturbingly easy to talk me in to things. In fact, I usually don't need much coercion. The mere suggestion of doing something, like, say, jumping out of a plane, signing up for a triathlon, or yes, jumping off a bridge, usually has me screaming yes before my brain has even properly digested what exactly all of those things could entail.

But I've reached a new low. I've surprised even myself. The week before I left for vacation, a group of people on my Back On My Feet team were talking about the Philadelphia Marathon during one of our morning runs. You know, that 26.2 mile race? And at first I was all no way, amigos I have a wedding coming up and a honeymoon to go to and a heck of a lot of boozing to do before that gun goes off on November 22.

But each time I heard the words "I signed up too," I felt a little pang. And by the end of the run, having never seriously considering running a marathon before AND never running more than 13.1 miles in my life, this pang was eating me alive. This is a PROBLEM. It's like a DISEASE.

Later, at work, I found myself typing Philadelphia Marathon 2009 into Google before I really knew what my fingers were doing. It was like being drunk. Only worse because instead of standing on a table singing Raffi's "Bananaphone," I was sitting at my desk and no one in my office even knows any of the words to "Bananaphone." And before I even knew what happened, I had spent three slammin' pairs of shoes worth of dollars and I essentially signed my life away because there is no way I'm getting out of this one alive.

That's right. On November 22, 2009 I will run my first marathon.

Because I have no idea what I'm doing, I did some research and printed out a number of training schedules. Naturally, I chose the easiest one, which I'll be strictly adhering to. Kind of. For the most part. Okay, really, I'm screwed. An 11 mile run the morning after my bachelorette party? HAH. 17 miles the day of the wedding? I think not. A 19 mile jaunt the last morning of my honeymoon? Uhhh not so much.

So I'll hereby be referring to my training schedule as the Yellaphant training method, which essentially means I'll be running myself silly, when it's convenient and all.

And since it was my Back On My Feet team members who got me in to this mess, I'll be repaying the favor by slashing their tires RAISING MONEY FOR BACK ON MY FEET. And since 26.2 is kind of a big deal for someone the little problem of lack of self control, I'll be upping the ante. My goal is to raise $2,000, which is roughly the amount to get one runner equipped and running for one year.

Essentially, you're donating to a great cause AND you get the added satisfaction of eventually seeing pictures of me crumpled, possibly bleeding, and sobbing at the finish line because JESUS IN SWEAT SOCKS THAT WAS THE MOST HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.

Donate today! Cause you know I'll be nagging the shit out of you until you do.


Jordan said...


merrymishaps said...

I don't know what plan you decided on, but I did my first marathon with Jeff Galloway's plan (http://jeffgalloway.com/training/marathon.html).

Even if you don't run/walk (though that was the only way I let myself get talked into doing 26.2!), it's a pretty doable plan.

And try to switch up some of the long runs a little bit when they fall on inconvenient days. Maybe you'll have some extra energy/stress to run off the day BEFORE your wedding :)

Deidre said...

Um, I'm sorry you lost at me sweaty socks. My feet just threw up.

RuthWells said...

Dude, I'm totally hiring you to write my fundraising copy from now on.

Pat said...

Good for you! Remember, the most important thing about doing your first M is the party after! Check w/ your cousin Kerry and she will tell you all you need to know. She organized my first M post party. What a blast! Best plan for running: Start slow and taper off!
Aunt Pat

Marcus Grimm said...

On the plus side, the Philadelphia Marathon course is flat.

BillFoxeveryone said...

thats awesome...for motivation watch the movie Saint Ralph. It will make you laugh/cry/give you chills. Thats a promise.

well read hostess said...

I'm tired just thinking about it.

I thought you were moving to Boston...they have a marathon, too. eep.

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