Posted by: Sally Ingraham | January 9, 2008

Marathon Dreams…?

I was going to post about my Princeton adventures today, but I have been in the library now for almost four hours, and haven’t even begun. I have too many other things on my mind – like my sudden obsession with the idea of running a marathon. There is a wonderful marathon held right here on MDI, and I had friends from the Pond House who ran in it last October. That’s when the idea was planted in my head, but since then I have been distracted and in the end, forgot.

I am back on track now though! I began my research this morning by casually looking up the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, since I am interested in doing something like that. The 20 mile bike ride I did with a friend last September (for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center) was so much fun, and so fulfilling that I plan to do the 50 or 100 mile version this year. I want to take part more often in things like that, since they are so beneficial to everyone involved.

I also have been searching for the motivation to get out to walk or run more often, more regularly, since I know it is so good for my mental and physical health. I have always wanted to do something athletic, but all too often I give in to my bookish side and spend hours on the couch reading when I could be out sucking in fresh air and getting stronger.

I need a goal, something to work toward, and something new to learn at the same time. Training for a marathon and learning how to run fits both bills nicely I think. I always need the little extra push to get started, so I joined the local running club, Crow Athletics. It appeals to my humorous side, and will be a way to find a running partner (mentor?), meet new people, and get involved in local events.

We’ll see. I’ll have to scrape together enough loose change to get a sports bra and running shoes, but such things will not faze me. This is about doing the interesting thing, and not the easy one, remember? I’ve got a resolution to keep in mind, people! 🙂

Going back to the subject of Princeton, I will say that I am glad to have seen it, shown to me as it was by a good friend of mine. Because I’ve been to Cape May, Princeton, and the Newark Airport, I feel that I can justifiably cross NJ off my list. I got to see Albert Einstein’s house, and various locations from the movies I.Q. and A Beautiful Mind. I ate a “hoagie”, and some ice-cream thing called a “blender”, and tried chocolate coke. I shopped at J. Crew and Lindt. I had my picture taken with this lovely tiger.

I had a grand old time in Princeton, and managed to not get run over by the NJ drivers who kill more pedestrians a year than those of any other state. I drove safely back home to Seal Harbor, ME, coming through the tangle of New York City one last time, and arrived to find my home buried beneath a new blanket of snow.

I promptly went out skiing, and half crippled myself. I will of course have to take more care with my new career as a runner! MDI Marathon, here I come. 🙂


  1. Do you plan to try out for the Olympics? 🙂

  2. That’ll be fun if you do start running! Those pictures of Princeton are gorgeous, and what on earth is chocolate coke? Sounds sweet and sticky. Fun fun!

  3. Undercanopy – I’ll be lucky if I make it to the STARTING line of a marathon. I have a lot of work to do first. 🙂

    Kelia, chocolate coke is pretty much coke with chocolate sauce mixed in. It was pretty decent, I though, although I like vanilla coke better I think!

  4. Ahaha, that’s awesome Sarah! You’re even crazier then me! 😛

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