My wife has already run 2 marathons and I want to join her for her next one. I have run a number of shorter races, but I have yet to complete a marathon. What is my first step?
Your first step is the easiest step…ya gotta find a race and plunk down your registration cash. This is a crucial step, because if you don’t register for something then you have no accountability to yourself to actually train and show up for the race. The act of registering for the race transforms the idea of doing a race with your wife into the reality of doing a race with your wife. Oh yeah, don’t forget to make sure that your wife registers as well (that reminds me of a time in college when we told people we were having a costume party and then decided last minute to drop the costume requirement…don’t let your wife trick you into registering alone or you’ll be like the one guy who didn’t get the memo and showed up to the party as the ONLY person in costume).
Now I can already hear you asking yourself, “which race should my wife and I enter?” Lucky fer you I just got this sweet new gig as the Official Coach for the Sedona Marathon (no doubt due to my good looks and shaved legs) and I can tell you that this is one of the most beautiful marathons in the country. You get amazing views, rolling hills, amazing views, wonderful volunteers, and amazing views. Believe me, the last thing you want to do is spend your first 26+ miles trapped between skyscrapers and rain gutters.
Oh yeah, after you register, don’t forget to tell your friends and family what you are planning to do…not because you need another reason for your mother-in-law to think you’re crazy, but because it helps with that whole accountability thing.