When I signed up for Team in Training in January, I was told that on March 13, I would have the opportunity to change my mind about the marathon. I could change my mind if I felt that I just couldn’t handle the training, or if I didn’t think I was going to be able to meet my fund raising minimum. Or, if I just decided that a half marathon was enough, I could do that instead. Whatever the reason, I could turn back. But, I didn’t and I’m not going to.
Yesterday, I completed all of the paperwork and submitted it. I am in for the long haul. To date, I have already met my fundraising minimum ($2200, thank you very much, by the way) and run a total (over 5 wks) of twenty four miles during my Saturday morning practices. And, I am only one quarter of the way to the race date. I have more fundraising and more running yet to do. I set a personal fundraising goal of $3000, and a goal of finishing the full marathon.
I recommitted. I think that is a funny word for this experience. To recommit is nothing more than to commit to something a second time. But, the word itself makes me think of married couples renewing their vows in a recommitment ceremony. As someone who hasn’t gotten married a first time, (not for lack of commitment), I have
er quite understood the need to do it twice. For me, form doesn’t matter (as anyone who has watched me run can tell you). From the moment I made the decision to raise money for a cure and to run this marathon, I have never thought “I can’t finish this.” I know that organizations require paperwork and releases of liability and so on (I’m a lawyer after all), so I filled out the paperwork in the beginning, and I filled out the “recommitment” paperwork. But, I know that my dedication to this cause and this race didn’t need affirmation. nev
Then again, I’ve got to run eight miles (up from six) Saturday morning, so maybe it is a good thing they asked for the recommitment this week!