What’s your Marathon?

In less than seven days, I will be toeing the line of my 9th marathon. Wow. It is still kind of crazy to think about it…

My first 26.2: The 2011 Richmond Marathon.

I mean, really. I never imagined I would run one (let alone multiple) but as I started to think about it this past week of tapering miles, I started to think about it: the marathon has become so much more than running 26.2 miles down the streets of another town, with thousands of my closest friends – it’s a sort of culmination, or celebration, of something so important, so exciting…and so hard to explain – all at the same time.

You see, those 3, 4, 5, or 6+ hours of running – they might be powered along by funny little packets of sugary Gu, but the real fuel is the dedication you put in – hours upon hours, hundreds of miles, and gallons of blood, sweat and (for me anyway) tears – that’s what will get you through it. And no matter what that clock says at the end, each time you finish that journey – whether it’s your 1st, or your 100th – it’s worth it all.

In a perfect world, I wish everyone in the world could experience this magic firsthand, but as optimistic as I like to be, I know that it’s just not realistic. But you know what is? FINDING A PASSION. Finding that thing that lights a fire inside of you, that drive to accomplish something that is bigger than you, changing your life for the better…finding your marathon.

We’re reminded every single day that life is short, and that we should make the most of each and every moment – and I could not agree more. If there is something…anything…in your life that you feel is holding you back, let today be the day that you stand up and change it. Stop wondering “what if” and start asking yourself “why not?”

I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Note from Krissy: 26.2 with DONNA, is coming up this Sunday, 2/23. In addition to training, I have been fundraising and am less than $200 from my personal goal of $2000. 100 percent of all proceeds are donated to research and care – the only breast cancer marathon in the country to do so. It is my honor and privilege to share my passion and energy to this cause, and I appreciate your support in reading and sharing my campaign. To donate any amount today, please visit My Fundraising Page. Thank you.


  1. Such a great post and I feel like you’re in my head this morning. I have the day off and finally am getting around to organizing (and ordering) our photos from Dopey. As I looked through the professional photos from the marathon, I relived the profound joy (and pride) that I felt at the end of that race. I found myself thinking “when can I run another marathon? why haven’t I scheduled one yet this year?” All those things they say about a marathon being a triumph of the human spirit are so very real. The laborious training really melts away on race day and the minute you cross the finish line.

    I wish you the very BEST next weekend! I’ll be cheering from VA (actually DC since I’ll be away for the weekend, but same same). 🙂 ❤

  2. So excited for you, Krissy! I will certainly be channeling good thoughts to you while I’m running Disney! I have tried to train for two marathons and had running ending injuries both times 😦 I would really like to do one, but am certainly afraid given my past attempts. Finding the time to train would be tough – would have to plan the time of year strategically, thats for sure!

    Good luck this weekend!!!

  3. What do you mean you never imagined you would run a marathon? You are an awesome runner (not to mention speedy)!. Last month I ran my 1st marathon and I too never thought I would run one. And the first marathon was to be “one and done” sorta thing. Yet now here I sit seriously considering signing up for another. You are right: it’s magic, it’s worth it. I’ve learned that I can do so much more than I thought possible – and that goes for everyone else too! If you try, you can do amazing, impossible things!

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