Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What it's like to be me while reading about my next marathon.

My next (2nd) marathon is 7 weeks away, and I'm starting to get really excited.  Now that we are up in the big mileage weeks, it feels really close and real.  I've started having my finish-line fantasies, even when I'm just out for 4 miles.   I can still feel the high of finishing the Nike Women's Marathon from last October, and I can't wait to feel it again. 

Today I got a magazine thingy in the mail from the Vermont City Marathon filled with photos of and information about the race.  I read the course description and it made my legs itchy to run.  This is what it was like for me:

The course "starts at Battery Park, overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondac Mountains.  The opening miles are run through tree-lined residential streets and Burlington's pedestrian Marketplace where an enthusiastic crowd of spectators will inspire you {I'm totally already inspired}. At mile 3.7 you begin a 4.5 miles out and back section on the Northen Connector, a divided highway which is closed to traffic only once a year- for your race {lump in throat}. On the Northern Connector, enjoy beautiful views of the Green Mountains and get a chance to see the leader and your friends as you cross paths  {misty eyed}.  At mile 8.2, return to city streets for a second pass through the Marketplace and a loop of Burlington's South End.  At the half-way point of the course, enter Oakledge Park and run alongside Lake Champlain for 2 miles {eyes fill with tears}. Mile 15 brings the Assault on Battery;  6 blocks climbing Battery Street.  You'll see musicians and throngs of spectators to inspire you up the hill {chills}. The next 6.5 miles take you out North Avenue on gently rolling terrain through many shaded neighborhoods.  A steep downhill at miles 21.5 {praise God} brings you to the Burlington Bikepath, which provides beautiful lake views and flat to slightly downhill terrain over the last 4.5 miles (tears run down cheeks}. Your finish and all post-race festivities occur in Waterfront Park where you'll be greeted by thousands of cheering spectators"  {audible sob}.

Even just reading about the course gave me such a charge, as if I didn't just make that totally clear.  I hope that I will be healthy enough to train for marathons for a long time, and I hope it never gets old.

4 comments:

Sarah said...

30+ marathons and ultras and endurance races and 13 years of long-distance running later, it has never gotten old. i still cry at the end of every single race. what a beautiful thing that it means so much to you. (i personally think so much of your running is tied up with feelings of love for your family and kicking the sh** out of cancer, no? you should write a book about that.). for me, running is about survival. at the lowest point in my life, running literally saved my life. can you relate?

Donna said...

Oh Emilie you inspire me so much. I am new to running and am finding it really hard, so much so that I often want to quit but I'm so stubborn I just keep on going!

I have my very first fun run coming up next weekend. It's only 4k but it's a marathon for someone like me who has never run and is really bad at it LOL.

My ultimate goal is to run a marathon. Maybe by 45.....

Nancy said...

OK, this comment is really for Donna: Hooray! someone else is reading Emilie at MY level! I haven't decided if I'm going to love this running thing or not yet, but I love constantly achieving new heights and filling in bigger numbers on my excel spreadsheet, and I love everything Emilie says and if she says I can do it, I believe her!

Carver Fam said...

Here. We. Come!