Before I knew that I’d be getting married in Fall 2017, I already had my eyes on Fall 2017 for another reason, the NYC Marathon. I imagined the months leading up to November as filled with pasta, early mornings, long runs, and foam rolling, not seating arrangements, color palettes, and dance song selections.
But then this happened:
And then the venue we wanted had only one date that wasn’t in the winter (many reasons a winter wedding wouldn’t have been a wise choice for us).
And then I had a decision to make.
Do I “defer” my guaranteed NYCM entry by registering, canceling, and then re-registering in 2018, having to pay twice? Do I not accept my guaranteed entry and do 9+1 again? Is that even worth it? Would 9 races equate to the price of the marathon entry fee? Would I even be in a position to run a marathon in fall 2018?
Or… is it possible to train for a marathon, plan a wedding, peak the weeks of my wedding and honeymoon, and then come back from paradise and run a marathon less than three weeks later? Could I do that?
I went for a run (and it happened to be one of those gloriously beautiful days where running feels easy and you’re all “hey, i could run for-ev-er” so that may have played a role here) and I came back with a plan. I sat down down and made a draft based on the last time I trained for the NYCM but also worked around my wedding/honeymoon schedule.
And then this happened almost immediately:
So yea, I’m in. And I’ll be simultaneously wedding planning and marathon training.. and then carb-loading at my wedding because #peakweeks.
It’s doable. And honestly, when I look at it, my schedule doesn’t even seem so bad to me. Two 10-mile runs in Hawaii? That sounds amazing.
But i’m letting the PR go. I know myself well enough to know that the pressure of having to train for a PR and also plan a wedding, get married, and then go on a honeymoon weeks before the race would not be beneficial for anyone (me, Justin, unsuspecting people on the street who may cross my path, etc.).
So yea, I may be crazy, but it’s happening… and it’s going to be awesome. #carbloadingbride
Stay tuned for wedding & marathon training adventures 🙂