I might have said that once. Okay, I think I said it a lot. I probably said it at least three times for each half marathon that I’ve run. So that’s like, two dozen times. And really, let’s be honest – it is a little nuts. So if I think that running a full marathon is crazy, then why am I doing it?
Mostly, because I believe I can do it. Well, I’m pretty sure I can do it, but it will be a challenge. But if I’m asking all of you to support my campaign for arthritis, then I owe it to you to make my own investment. Not just in the effort that it takes to raise money (which I don’t underestimate!), but the effort I invest in taking on a physical challenge that’s going to take some chutzpah.
Running a race of any distance is challenging in its own right, and anyone who takes it on has a reason to be proud. I’m fortunate enough to have completed eight half-marathons. Right now, for me, the full marathon is my Mount Everest. The crazy distance that takes a level of effort, commitment and discipline that feels like a goal just beyond my reach. But I have a good reason to try (that’s you, Mom), and I’m confident that I can do it. And with your help, I’m confident that I can reach my fundraising goal too.
So yes, it’s a little a crazy, but it’s for a great cause and I think it’s worth it. I hope you do too. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to running a marathon in Lausanne, Switzerland in October 2012.