Syed and Yim my blog/fb buddies are attempting their first Full Marathon, 27th June 2010, Dataran Merdeka. Standard Chartered International KL Marathon. And as of the count today, so are 1300 more. And as you know or dont know, I am too.
Syed jokingly suggested that we should start a club for first time full marathon runners. Full Marathon Virgins, thats what we will call ourselves. Yim and me jumped into the bandwagon. And we are recruiting, drop any of us a line here or in fb and you are accepted automatically :) It has to be your first one. Ever. Hey, it is catching on and we are recruiting, ha ha. The FMV's, we stick together like UHU glue. We are going to pound on unsuspecting victims.
Imagine. All the "virgin" runners actually gathering and finally meeting in person with your cyberspace friends. All in unity, scared s***less, and all having the same goal : to reach and cross the finishing line. And to know that you actually have someone waiting for you at the end? Awesome.
Its daunting to even sign up. Your first full marathon. Especially more daunting when all around you , friends that have been running longer than you, have more stamina, runs faster, runs better, go for all marathons challenge almost every weekend state that they are not ready for the challenge. They cant do it yet. They dont have the courage yet.
And here I am, barely a year from my first ever run, only 6 runs under by belt, longest being the half marathon in Putrajaya, wanting to do my full marathon. I hardly do LSD's. So what makes me think I can do this? "Ticik, you are insane", a quote from my niece explains one of the reasons.
Reading blogs and write ups and stuff scares the hell out of me. Then I realised the most important thing. The one thing that sets me aside from them.
These people are not ready because they want to go for a good finishing time. A sub-5, a sub-4. My sub? I dont have one. I just want to finish, (well, I lie, I have a sub attempt : a sub-6, at 5:59:59 ;p) Even if I exceed the official given time, I wont fret. My aim is just to cross the finishing line, preferably still able to walk and uninjured :)
That's why I think I can do it. I just want to finish it. I will probably suffer after the walk, if only they could, my knees would disown me for life and so would other parts of my body that would suffer along. LOL.
Even if this realisation calms me down a bit , every time I think of Yim's blog encouraging us to train (and scaring me with his regime hihi), the mere mention of full marathon, and looking at the countdown on my blog still gives me the shivers. He has gone over the 21km mark. I am yet to do it. Oh I have a huge fear that can stop my heart. I swear. But I am going to turn that fear into something that will actually help me do this.
I hereby pledge that I will give it my all, my best. I will train. Come 27th June, hopefully around 11:00am, I will not be a virgin anymore. Hehehe.
It starts today for me. 68 days to go. No more excuses. No looking back.
Yikes, sums it up nicely.