Finally Feeling Better

Whew!!! It’s been a while. We have been dealing with ‘the sickness’ for a LONG time around here. Not entirely sure what it was exactly, but it totally wiped both my husband and myself out.  I am weeks behind on my marathon training, but I should be good to go on Monday, which is my next scheduled training day. It’s a good thing I started training so far out.

I have decided this is going to be my new mantra. I know that sometimes we compare ourselves to others so much that we lose sight of where we have come from. We have to remember that every person we admire had to start out somewhere. They didn’t just wake up one day and run a marathon. They put in the time and training  just like we have to. They walked and ran slowly. They felt like they couldn’t breathe. They had days where they just didn’t feel like they could take one more step. They just kept pressing on until they reached their goal.

So, I leave you with this little gem. Keep on keepin’ on. :)

All Signed up and Ready to Go!!

I signed up for my full marathon. Yep, 26.2 whole miles.  It’s the one I mentioned in an earlier post. Guess I should get serious with the training. Tomorrow morning I have  run planned. Gotta drop the man off at work first, then get to it.  This week I’m still doing run/walk intervals, but it has been upped to 35 minutes total. Last week, on the one day I actually got a run in, I ran a full 1 1/2 miles without stopping. That is a major accomplishment for me. Now that I know I can do that, I’ll be pushing to do at least that much nonstop running until I get done with the run/walk interval section of the training and switch to just running for a specific amount of time, which just happens to be next week.

 

I should be able to run a 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) in about 12 weeks. That means I should be able to complete this and get a feel for a real race and how everything works so I’m not a total newb going into the marathon in June.

 

So, that’s where I’m at. I’ve paid good money to run a ridiculous amount of miles at a race as far North West as you can possibly get from Texas and still be in America. Makes perfect and total sense.

This is What I’m Training For

I figured I’d post what race I am planning on running. It is the North Olympic Discovery Marathon in Port Angeles, Washington. I am lucky enough to have a running friend that lives in the area I (She used to live here in Texas, but moved back to Port Angeles recently) and we were able to visit her and her family this summer. It is beautiful and I’ve been dying to get back. I need to get serious with the training. Although the race is not until June, I am a very very new runner so I need to get on it. :)

I also need to check out local races and consult my training guide to find a 1/2 to do around the time I should be running that far in my training. I think getting a race or two under my belt before the ‘big’ one will help with the whole pre-race jitter thing. I’m not entirely sure, but it makes sense, right?

 

So, now that I’ve started this blog, and listed the race I am going to do, I suppose I should get cracking. This is going to be sooo much fun. :)

Not a great week, but I’m pressing on

I saw this on facebook earlier today. So what I needed to see. I have really slacked off this week. I only got 1 run in. That’s not good. I need to keep on getting runs in, even if I don’t feel like it. Tomorrow starts a new week, and a new attitude. I’ve got to get out there, even if I don’t feel like it. Once I get started and get into a groove, it’s fine. It’s the getting out there that does me in.

And So It Begins

Let’s just get a couple of things straight here. I suck at coming up with clever titles for blog posts. So, if you are expecting some super catchy or witty titles, this may not be the place for you. However, if you are looking for a blog about real life, struggles and all, this might possibly be the right place for you. Now that the ‘formalities’ are out of the way, let’s get down to business.

 

Well, here goes. I’m a mama, obviously, and I’m training for my very first marathon. (I’m really good at stating the obvious, so work with me here.) I started running…again…in July of this year.  At that point I had lost right around 100lbs ( I’m a Lap Band patient) and a group of women from my church had formed a running/walking club. Now it’s almost October and I’m getting ready to sign up for my first marathon. I figured I might as well go big, right? It’s in June 2013 and it’s in Port Angeles, WA. I’ve got a good friend that lives there. She ran the 1/2 marathon last year and is going for the full marathon this year.

Like I said, I’m pretty new to running. I don’t know all the running lingo. I’m not sure how to train, aside from getting out there and putting feet on pavement (or treadmill when the weather is not cooperating). This blog will chronicle my journey. It may be rough, it’ll probably be a bit nuts, it will, however, be real and honest.

 

So, let’s do this thing. :)