I can not contain the big news any further…
Remember when I said I was running a marathon in the fall but not sure which one?
Here’s the reason -
Saucony and Competitor Magazine have teamed up to create 13 teams of runners – 13 coaches (the vets) with 13 newbies (the cadets) to train to achieve their marathon goals. Together we are 26 Strong for 2014.
That’s right. I was asked to be a coach.
My first words, “Is this for real?”
My second words, “You do know I’ve only run one marathon. Does that make me a vet?”
My third word, “YES!”
I wanted to do a marathon this fall and now it’s happening with some awesome perks. I chose my friend, Kailey, as my cadet. She’s run numerous half marathons already and was thinking maybe a marathon was her next goal. As soon as I asked her, she enthusiastically said YES!
So here’s the details – Kailey and I will be choosing a marathon to run anywhere in the continental U.S. that has bibs available (my first pick was NYC but it’s not an option). We’ll train together to make both our marathon dreams come true. Along the way we’ll be getting some sweet swag from Saucony and running a half marathon through Rock n Roll or Women’s Running Series (again, anywhere in the country). There will also be media events, photo shoots (gah!) and articles in Competitor and Women’s Running Magazines.
This year it’s all ladies on the 26 Strong Team. I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of intimidated by the other coaches. They are all ladies who have mega marathon experience and some are way faster than I’ll ever be – Dmity and Sarah (Another Mother Runner ladies), Dorothy and Amanda to name a few. I’m excited to meet them and hopefully will get a few tips along the way.
I am beyond thrilled to be a part of 26 Strong! I feel honored to be included. It’s going to be lots of hard work with some fun mixed it. Hopefully Kailey won’t hate me at the end of this! I can not wait to begin training, it’s going to be marvelous…we just need to pick our marathon now!
Any marathon in the continental U.S. – which would you pick?