Confidence and Courage

Without it we can accomplish nothing.  Confidence and Courage is very important for a runner.  It is what gets you out the door and to the starting line.

I have been mulling over the idea of attempting a full marathon for quite some time now.  I think about it often, I have read and reread the Jeff Galloway training plan from last year. I don’t know if I drank too much of the Kool Aid, but it actually seems possible. I don’t know why in the world I want to attempt a full. I could probably even given you a million reasons why I should not run a full, but only one reason as to why I should do it. Perhaps like in life it’s a natural progression for me as a runner. At the rate I’m going as a runner I will be completing my 20th half marathon at the Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2013. 

I keep asking myself, am I really capable of this? Can my body really complete 26.2 miles? Actually 39.3 miles in a two-day period.  I am strong believer that just about anyone is capable of finishing a half marathon, if they train properly.  A full marathon is a completely different story.  It is very hard on the body, both physically and mentally.  This is has been a really difficult year health wise. During that difficult time I made a promise to myself that if I became healthy again, my new goal would be to participate in the 2013 Goofy race.

How do you know when you are ready for a full marathon?  How do you get the confidence and courage to not only sign up, but also get to the start line? The thought of signing up for a full marathon is an over whelming thought, but it’s just like ripping off a band-aid, eventually you just got to do it. 

Perhaps Walt Disney was right, “if you can dream it, you can do it.” I suppose that if I am already dreaming about running Goofy 2013 then YES I can do it!!

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