A Little Pep Talk
Happy March to our New2-26.2 soon to be Marathoners!
Well – Mother nature sure has not taken it easy on you. I know how hard training through a tough Winter with Vermont City Marathon in your sites can be. I have run 30 Marathons including 8 VCMs. I have run in snow, sleet, rain, wind, sub zero temps and heat. My first marathon quest began just like yours; signing up and trusting in the training miles. I missed some runs, had to cut some short due to sickness, work or poor weather conditions, but in the end I toed the start line knowing I had done my best (which was not always perfect) and ultimately got to the finish line with a smile on my face and craving potato chips like crazy!
My advice to you is enjoy it as much as you can – even when it seems like work and you are so tired all you want to do is crawl back under the covers. I ran alone for most of miles when I trained for my fist marathon; if I could go back in time that is one thing I would change. Most of my very best friends I have met through running – what better way to pass the miles but by solving the world’s problems.
You are in good hands with Coach Sam. You will start hearing from the Marathon Office a bit more regularly about Race Week details. If you start to get nervous, reach out to your coach, a friend that has run a marathon or connect with the other newbies on the New2-26.2 Facebook Group – so many great stories being told there! You are not alone in this journey. Can ‘t wait to see you all at the finish line.
Miles with smiles,
USATF Level 2 Certified Coach
Communications Director – RunVermont
Lover of all things running…