Yesterday, an email went out. An email with a promo for Disney Visa cardholders. We could sign up for 2013 Disney Marathon Weekend with a discount ($15 off the half and full, $30 off Goofy).
And I did it.
I signed up for my first marathon.
And now I am terrified.
It was funny, actually. As I was filling out the form, my heart was racing. What in the world am I doing? Can I actually do this?
After all the testing I underwent with my weird heart and having to slow down my running permanently, I said that I would never do a marathon, that I was destined to be a half marathoner. But then I talked to some friends. Friends who said “We want to get the 20th Anniversary Medal.” Friends who plan to run nice and slow, with a 1:1 run/walk pattern. Friends who just want to finish under 7 hours and who believe that if one person has to give up on the run and just walk, then everyone walks.
And I thought “I can do this.” If my heart rate gets too high, I can just walk. These friends understand what I go through and that I have to make sure that my heart rate stays in check. They don’t make fun of me for my slow speed. And they will be there with me every step of the way.
So maybe I can do this. I have to admit, no matter how this goes, I don’t see myself signing up for any marathons other than Disney. But I’m very excited at the thought of finishing my first marathon hand in hand with wonderful friends.