I have had marathon in the back of my mind all winter. I had always kind of had it in my head that I wouldn't do one until both the kids were in school so I could do my long runs while they were at school.
Over the winter I ran a lot thanks to a pretty mild winter. I got in a lot of 13 and 14 mile runs, then I did a 15, then a couple weeks ago I decided to go longer, longer than I had ever gone and did 17, and then 18 miles and I started to believe that maybe I should do one sooner.
Like this spring or early summer sooner. I was really hoping to find a late May or June one. I don't have a big travel budget so it has to be fairly close. The best one I could find for me was the Missoula Marathon on July 8th.
The whole July thing bothers me a little, can you say HOT! But the marathon has great reviews and is supposed to be great for first time marathoners. It starts at 6 am, I would feel a little better if it started at 5 am, but it I guess I am not the one organizing it.
I am trying not to have to high of goals going into this, ultimately I would like to finish in under four hours and my super awesome goal is to do it in 3:40. That is what the calculators say I should be able to do. Although I know if it is too hot that will probably go right out the window.
There are 117 days to go. I can do this! As someone told me : You only get one first marathon. I am determined to enjoy it no matter what.