I can’t “see” myself running 26.2.
Part of the reason I can’t “see” myself running 26.2 yet is because I have never faced down a full marathon before.
But another reason?
…I’ve never even seen a real, live marathon before. Ever.
I live in the Boston area and have never seen a marathon before. Um hi, the greatest marathon in the world takes place here every single year and I have YET to get myself to the sidelines to cheer all the Boston Marathoners on.
Well, that’s all about to change. I finally planned ahead and asked for Marathon Monday off from work. It works out extremely well that that week is also school vacation week which means Scott can join me on the sidelines — only fitting since he has yet to stare down 26.2 either. We’re in this together — so we may as well experience our first marathon as spectators together too, right? Plus he’s too cute to leave at home. 😉
Even better? I get to spend some quality time with this girl on Marathon Monday *and* the day prior (slumber party, anyone??), too! She is lucky enough to be volunteering on race day and since I live closer to the city than she does, we’ll be spending Marathon “Sunday” together leading into the big race on Monday. I sure hope Scott is ready to hang with two very chatty girls all evening on Sunday. <–this is your word of warning, babe 😉
And the icing on the cake? We’re hosting a blogger brunch the day prior as well — to get to know our fellow Boston area bloggers (and a few FitFluentials!) a little bit better. May as well take full advantage of the fab slew of bloggers heading into the city for the race, right? So if you’re either a Boston blogger too and want to join us OR are a blogger visiting Boston for the marathon as a spectator or a racer, let me know if you wanna join the fun and I’ll send you all the details on this fun little bloggy brunch. I promise it’ll be a blast. 🙂
But anyway, back to the real point of this post — the whole marathon thing and my mind games issue. I think seeing a real marathon, and the Boston Marathon at that, will really help me to visualize myself toeing the starting line on October 7. Right now, it seems so surreal, so impossible, so crazy scary that I can’t even fathom it, let alone visualize it. I’m fully expecting to be bowled over by emotion while watching the Boston Marathon — ya’ll are a crazy inspiration group of people, this much I know already.
Now the big question — where’s the best spot to spectate on race day?? You’d think I’d know this being a Boston girl born and raised. But nope – fairly clueless on this one. If you’ve spectated before, can you clue me in over here please??