Dream: I was signed up to run a marathon even though I had hardly trained (very similar to real life where I recently signed up for a snowshoe marathon in Vermont, yikes). The last time I had run was about 6 miles and now I was signed up to do 26.2 (also similar to real life). I could do it right? I was in a large parking lot before the race with Sarah, one of my roommates and my little brother. We were stretching and eating bananas in preparation for the race. I just remember in my head thinking it was going to be fine, I mean, it was only 4-ish hours, you can do anything for 4 hours. The race started and I went out way too fast. We were running down a neighborhood sidewalk which reminded me a lot of running Ragnar. I got to a point where There was a fork and I didn’t know which direction to go in (very similar to Ragnar). My brother had caught up with me and so we debated which way to go and decided to go left at the fork. Soon enough we learned that this was the wrong choice. We were running through neighborhoods and backyards and then we had to scale a 20+ foot hedge. We definitely could have turned around but we had also run 2-3 miles in the wrong direction so we wanted to keep going and try to meet back up with the race course. We scaled the hedge, followed by Sarah and my roommate. It was then that we saw the lead runners coming in the other direction, somehow we had ended up at mile 20. We had cut off a significant portion of the race and didn’t quite know what to do from there. That’s when the dream ended.
In real life, I signed up for a snowshoe half marathon in Vermont a few months ago. This will be the 3rd year in a row that I’ve done this race with my friends. However, last weekend one of my friends convinced me to sign up for the full marathon with him. We then got two other friends to sign up with us. We won’t treat it like a race, we’re just going to hike it which should make it more manageable. But still, I’ve hardly trained and 26.2 miles is a long way no matter how you slice it. I think we’ll be fine and that it’ll actually be a lot of fun (read: type 2 fun, not fun during but rather fun after it’s over).