How Am I Going to Run a Marathon?

Recently I put down 27 miles of running across the span of a week. By June, I will be laying down 26.2 miles within a few hours. Every step of every mile there is a single thought racing through my head:

How am I going to run 26.2 miles?!

First, I’m going to get to 26.2 miles with your financial support. I’m still only 1/3 the way there — please donate any amount you can muster!

Second, I’m going to get to 26.2 miles with the moral support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Just this past Saturday I was able to run jog shuffle across 13+ miles, knowing that I had a water station every 2 miles manned by the incredibly supportive crew, coaches, and mentors. TNT — they are dynamite.

Marathon Training April

So apparently next week I’m running 16 miles on Saturday. Oh really?

Next, I’m going to get to 26.2 miles understanding how the fundraising is going to help the hundreds of thousands who suffer from blood cancers. Did you know that among children and teens less than 20 years old, leukemia is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death? Your financial support helps not only find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, but also improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

I’m going to get to 26.2 miles by continuing to lose weight. Since I started on this journey, I’ve lost 26.2 pounds from my peak weight. That was largely possible due to my friends indulging me on my weird plant-based, mostly gluten-free diet at restaurants, their own self-led culinary explorations, or simply putting up with and sometimes even liking my numerous Facebook vegan posts. Thank you.

Finally, I’m going to get to 26.2 miles by knowing the facts & stats about marathons.

  • Only .13% of all Americans finished a marathon in 2012, or a mere 487,000 marathon finishers.
  • The running crazy is infectious — the number of marathons finishers has increased 2.5% annually since 1997.
  • 42% of marathon finishers are women, and their share continues to grow annually.
  • You aren’t too old to start running — nearly half of marathon finishers are 40+ years of age. 35% of women are 25 to 34, and 31% of men are 31 to 44.
  • You aren’t too slow to be a runner — 41% of the Honolulu Marathon complete in over 6 hours. The 2012 median finishing time for across all U.S. marathons males was 4:17:43; 4:42:58 for females.
  • Running is a cost-accessible sport — marathon finishers ran 4.3 days per week for an average of 28.3 miles, going through 3.5 pairs of running shoes.
  • You have tons of marathon options — 850 marathon events were held in 2013 compared to approximately 300 marathons in 2000.
  • Seeking ladies? The Nike Women’s Marathon is 91% comprised of females; the 3rd most is the Rock N’ Roll Savannah with 51% female finishers.
  • Seeking men? Try the United States Air Force (68%), or even the Georgia Publix Marathon (66%).
  • Seeking to get lost in the crowd? The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the world’s largest marathon with 37,475 finishers in 2012.

Besides, if someone can run 50 marathons in all 50 states — while battling a blood cancer — I think I can run a single marathon.

Right?

How did you run your first 26.2 miles?

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