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I’m goin’ for it!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 by Frances Ryan.
Tags: widowhood, sports, scotland, running, paul, health, happy, gym, goals, giggles, ego

I’m a runner. I have been since school when I ran on the cross country team. I enjoy running. Really, I do. But I never wanted to run a marathon. I thought maybe I’d do a half-marathon at some point, but 26.2 miles? I don’t think so.

Shortly after we got married, I convinced Paul to join my gym. I asked him to try it for one month. After the end of week one, I figured he’d drop at the end of the month. But then he found the treadmills. And he started to go to the gym with excitement!

Within a few months, we purchased a really good treadmill and ended the gym memberships. His goal at that time was to run a 5K. And he did it. Then I mentioned the Bloomsday 12K and he shook his head ‘No!’ but within a few weeks, we were registered for that race, too. But he would never run a marathon, he said—not even a half-marathon.

But a year later, he ran his first half-marathon. And all of the sudden, he decided that he would run a marathon before he turned 50. But he couldn’t wait that long, so a year after that first half-marathon, he was meant to run his first marathon. But he died a month before the race at the age of 47.

I remember thinking at the time that I would run the race in his memory. But I was in the throes of grief and there was no way I could walk one mile—let alone run more than 26! A year later, I still wasn’t ready.

But now I am. Or at least, I think I am. Mentally, mind you. Certainly not physically!

Yes, I am planning to run the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2011, in Inverness, Scotland. And I’ve got a couple of friends talked into running it with me. And I hope to talk more people into running with me, too.

Now, I say that I’m going to run it but I have to be completely honest with you and myself and say that, medically, I don’t know if I can. I have a hard time maintaining my platelet counts when I’m running 5Ks and 10Ks, I don’t know that my body will like me running a marathon—or even that it will like me training for one.

So, I guess that I’m planning on doing a marathon. Run, walk, crawl… one way or another, I want to complete a marathon before what would have been Paul’s 50th birthday.

Yes folks, I’m insane. Feel free to join me along the route—running or cheering from the sidelines!

Comments

You have me intrigued. I too, have said I would never run 26 miles. I mean, why? That sounds painful, so a half has always been the most I would want to do. But to run it in Scotland? Well, that may be enough motivation for anyone. Does the lock ness marathon have a half as well? Maybe those not ready for 26 miles, could run the half and then still be at the finish line to cheer you on.

Hmm, what’s a ticket to Scotland going for these days?

by amy allen at 1:10pm (GMT) on December 1st, 2010

No half, but they do a 5 and 10K… Tickets from SeaTac are $750-1,200 depending on when you buy. A couple of the Wallace girls are thinking of coming over from Seattle and Portland… Could be fun (says the crazy lady) ;)

by Just Frances at 1:35pm (GMT) on December 1st, 2010

and I’m kind of 1/4 going for it - 10k for me. If there’d been a half marathon I might have tried that, but not a marathon, hats off to you Frances!

xx

by Rebecca at 5:52am (GMT) on December 5th, 2010

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