The following post is written by Catherine Parsiola with Woman’s Marketing Department on running her first full marathon at age 15.
“There are two equally painful halves to every marathon: the first 20 miles and the last 6.2.”
-My dad (and probably anyone who’s ever completed a marathon)
I distinctly remember the moment I decided to run my first marathon. My sisters and I were swimming at a neighbor’s pool on a hot Louisiana Saturday afternoon. Deciding to take a break, I spread my towel out and overheard my parents talking to our neighbors about a “flying monkey” marathon they planned to run with a friend (my godmother) in Nashville.
As I listened to their conversation about this insane, hilly marathon and the road trip that would accompany it, I decided that high school cross country trail runs of 3 miles were no longer enough. Just 14 years old at the time, I sat up and announced that I would be running the marathon, too.