This Rookie’s Ramblings is a weekly blog sponsored by RunVermont and the Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop column written by one Vermont resident training for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. The 2013 Rookie will be selected from a pool of 5 finalists. We’re posting one entry a day through Tuesday, January 22. Cast your vote for your favorite Rookie beginning Wednesday, January 24 on our Facebook page.
Over the summer months, a friend of mine and former Vermont City Marathon participant inspired me to write up a “thirty before 30” list. Along with riding a Ferris wheel for the first time and learning all of the U.S. capitals (this is embarrassing…), I made a list of the things I’d like to do before I turn 30 years old. Keeping a journal and running a marathon are two things that also made the list.
I’m an active human and I love a good challenge. While Running and I have never been close to an exclusive relationship, we have become well acquainted over the past couple of years.
I first experienced the Vermont City Marathon as a spectator in 2011. My friend and I crept onto the small boulders by the skate park, and I was immediately flooded with emotion. These people! The support! It was later on in the six hour time chunk, so the crowd of runners had thinned out a bit. I can remember watching another spectator, a kiddo probably around ten years old, clap and cheer for every person who ran by on an individual basis. It was incredible.
The whole scene blew my mind. There I was sitting like a bump on a log while people- of all different shapes, sizes and ages- ran by with fierce determination in their eyes and power in their steps. Some of these superhumans had been running for 26 miles. I did my best to push aside any “poor me” thoughts and focus on the people in front of me. It’s hard for me to understand or articulate why this happened, but I started crying. I was now sitting there like a crying bump on a log, totally in awe of the folks running by me. This was a powerful moment, as it highlighted the remarkable capacity of human potential. By the end of the race, my hands were raw and my heart was full.
Having never run more than two consecutive miles, I wondered how to get in on this marathon action. After being seriously buttered up by some of my runner friends, I decided to go for a two-person relay spot in last year’s Vermont City Marathon. Fundraising in honor of my aunt and for Gray Matters: The Wendy J. Pierson Foundation, helped to bring meaning to my training efforts that extended beyond achieving a smoking hot summer bod. It also meant that there was no way I could weasel out.
After 12 weeks of training, and an unanticipated amount of support in the form of funds and running buddies, I did it! From the orange slices tossed my way by kids in the New North End, to my best friend running the last mile with me, it was one of the best things I have been a part of.
So back to that “thirty before 30” list. I will be 26 years old in a couple of weeks.
There are 26 (.2) miles in a marathon.
After a few too many cookies one night and in attempts to pull myself out of an overeating binge, I decided to register for the 2013 VCM. The initial excitement of registering was enough to help me brush the crumbs off of my shirt and get my act together. Plus, it was only November and training would not begin until January; the New Year felt far enough away to keep my enthusiasm pumping for a bit.
And here we are, days away from the beginning of my selected 18-week training program.
So that’s where this Rookie business comes in. Being your Rookie would help me to knock off two of my “thirty before 30” goals; maintaining a blog would kindly nudge me to keep a journal of sorts, while the support and sense of community from the area’s running population would help with the actual completion of all of these miles. The accountability piece of the marathon process is critical. Although I’m pretty motivated, I’m also clever enough to trick myself into doing most things over running extended periods of time. If I have an audience, I will show up and perform. In addition to the support piece, I could use a little help with some running related questions.
Where can I find a pair of shorts that won’t ride up as I pound out some serious miles? Who carries the best sports bra to carry me? Will all of my toenails fall off?!
My hope is that this blogging platform will help inspire me to view running in a reflective manner, while also bringing humor to the dynamic human experience that we share.
So hello there! I’m Krysten. I’m curious, goofy, enthusiastic, and maybe after this marathon I’ll be ready to call myself a runner. Who knows J.