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Me? Run a Marathon?! Ah, Yea!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Okay, the thing that I said would NEVER happen, is in the works! It started innocently enough, last October my friend and neighbor (HOTLIKEHUBBY), asked me, "Hey Carolyn, you want to train for a half marathon with us?" Um . . . no. But she planted a seed, a seed that kept nagging at me all day. As soon as I turned to walk away from her, I could feel that questioning hope of why not. Why not? Well, I had never ran more than a 10k ever in my life and I had only ran one of those. I had ran some 5k's and one 8k in my mid 30's. But, I was lighter then. And at the time she was asking me, I was still over 200 lbs. Running is an impact sport, that is a lot of impact! But, the thought was there and the funny thing is, I had just challenged myself the day before to do that walk/jog interval thing for a mile and half. You remember, the day back in October I had my husband let me out of the car a mile and a half from home so I had to get home on my own. During this same week I also read a blog by KARVY09 about running while chunky.

Now, you might think these things are coincidences, I however, do not. Anyway, that little seed of thought keep digging around in my brain. And before the day was over, I said "Heck Yea!" I started the Couch to 5k training program that day. Yep, I signed up for a Half Marathon before I even ran a 5k! Because, I knew if I had a BIG enough goal infront of me, I would have to work for it, train, rest, eat a balanced diet, plan, set little goals to help accomplish the big goal.

During the training for that half marathon, I learned a lot about myself and about life in general. As the miles got longer (around 8 miles) the wear on my body was taking it's toll and I had some over training issues that took a little bit to correct. I was never injured, just tired and weary at times. And I said to my family and friends who were concerned for me, "Do not worry, I will only do this half marathon and then I am done with distances longer than a 10K." Well, no sooner did I finish my 1/2 Marathon did I say "Let's do it again!" and I signed up for my next half marathon. But, I said to my family and friends "You will NEVER hear me say I am doing a marathon, that is for the young, fit and crazy". Well, hello crazy!

Like it said, it started innocently enough. Again, HOTLIKEHUBBY sent me a little note in my inbox that simply said "Marathon?" in the subject line and "Are you THAT crazy?" in the body of the letter. emoticon She always knows my buttons! So, I responded back that THE soonest I could even think about that would be the fall of 2011. I have a half marathon this fall, a half marathon in the spring of 2011, my son graduating from college and getting married in the spring 2011 and THEN I could devote the time needed to train for a marathon. I also get to leave my full time job in the spring of 2011!!!! So, I would have more time to train!

But, there was that seed planted. Gnawing away at my doubt, getting me excited about the possibility. So, HOTLIKEHUBBY comes back with, what if we treat our half marathons as long runs and do our low slow pace and then just continue our training for the full marathon for November 2010! emoticon

Possibly. This could work. I just might be able to do this thing. Then, just like that, it's a done deal!!! We are doing a Marathon, November 13, 2010!!! We are doing it for the experience and the bragging rights! We aren't going to push a race pace and plan to train with walking breaks. I was soooo excited, I went right home from work, put on my running clothes and headed out the door for a 4 mile run/walk. It is hot and humid here and I've been on a bit of a hiatus from running during the week and only running on Saturday mornings for the past two weeks. I have been in an active recovery phase to help recover from some sprint work and to prepare for the next stage of my training. So, I have been keep up the cardio with the elliptical, stair stepper and cross trainer during the week. But, it has been awhile since I just went out and pounded out a couple miles. So, I gave myself no time expectation and plenty of opportunities to walk and drink water. It just felt good to be out and to have that BIG dream goal of a Marathon out there in front of me. I was so excited I could barely sleep last night! I woke early to get to the gym and hope on the cross trainer for a little extra cardio before work!!! I'm in training! There are goals to set! There is work to be done! I love this!

I am using "The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer" as my training guide. In the intro, it sums up a lot of what I have found to be true about running.

"We have found that completing a marathon contributes a great deal to increasing one's self-esteem and self-confidence. When they cross that finish line, our students believe they can do ANYTHING! "Bring on the world""

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  • no profile photo CD6707085
    I said I would never be able to run a marathon. Now, I keep having that thought on and off since I just finished my half marathon a month ago. Everyone keeps asking me if I am going to, but I always tell them that I would never be able to do it. I will be watching you!!! Maybe if you can, I can too!
    3728 days ago
    Enjoy!!!! I am so very proud of you!!! In this last almost year that I've gotten to know you, you've come so very far in your running. You've always had an amazing attitude towards any bumps in the road, and you've taken the time to find out what caused the bumps! I'm glad you found a huge challenge to work towards for the summer! I can't wait to read all about your journey!
    3729 days ago
    Enjoy!!!! I am so very proud of you!!! In this last almost year that I've gotten to know you, you've come so very far in your running. You've always had an amazing attitude towards any bumps in the road, and you've taken the time to find out what caused the bumps! I'm glad you found a huge challenge to work towards for the summer! I can't wait to read all about your journey!
    3729 days ago
    I can't help but smile when I read your blogs. I just love you!!

    3731 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7123070
    Go ahead girl! You ARE that crazy!
    3732 days ago
    You are SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3736 days ago
    emoticon There is NOTHING you cannot do! emoticon emoticon
    3736 days ago
    Helllooooo Crazy!!!!!! lol! Good for you! Your enthusiasm is so contagious too, I was holding myself back from signing up for races just reading your blog! lol!

    Is that the book by Dawn Dais? If so it's v.funny! I did a couple of reviews of running books (just my humble wee opinion!) over at the Cardio Bunnies team page! I'm currently reading Runner's world complete book of women's running! I cant wait to get out and run!
    3736 days ago
    Good luck to you...I'm just beginning to become interested in running...you inspire me to keep it up, that's for sure....

    Have a great weekend!

    As always,
    Stay Strong!!
    3736 days ago
    Woohooo! I knew that you would do it too! I am so proud of you. I was planning on doing my first full next year. I can't wait to read about your progress and your training.
    3737 days ago
    Hmmmmmm....the thought comes and goes in my mind...wow. I will be following your journey closely/. YOu just might be the psuh I need...And I have that book too!!
    3739 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2010 8:27:54 AM

    Oh ya baby!!!!!
    3739 days ago
    You amaze me.

    I KNEW you would do a marathon.... despite your protests I KNEW you could not let a challenge like this go by!
    3739 days ago
    Absolutely the right decision. When I (walked) a marathon, I started with the similar "maybe I can do this next year" thoughts. I also started with a half. I signed up in June for a November half-marathon, so plenty of time to prepare, right? In September, now-hubby said, "If you increase to the full I'll do it with you." Yep, walked 26.2.

    Definitely do this one for the experience, not for a time record. Just remember that for your next one you can only get faster.
    3739 days ago
    Okay...so here's my take on it and I'm about to write a blog that is very similar to this one. I've had it on my list of blogs to write. I did my first half marathon in May of 2004 and did many more after that, so that marathon seed got planted in me in the fall of 2004 and it grew to fruition in April of 2005 with my first marathon. I have to say it wasn't the best decision I made but I did it and I finished. In other words, I don't really brag in the most positive manner when discussing it. emoticon However, I do brag about the fact that I did do a marathon and I finished! emoticon I crossed that finish line with one under my belt and that's all I needed. So don't ever say NEVER, that word does not exist in my vocabulary....teehee except for some foods I won't touch....LOL! emoticon After that marathon I did a 60 mile 3 day Breast Cancer walk, never thought I'd do that and 12 triathlons, so see, there you go.

    Now, I have begun training for another marathon scheduled for Dec. 2010, maybe even another earlier in November. We shall see how my training is coming along. I've chosen to run with a Jeff Galloway group that is located in Dallas and am loving the concept. It is the run/walk concept. There are great books written by him that teach you how to do this and be a successful marathoner. There are training schedules as well. I run on my own 2 days a week and with the group on Sat. increasing my mileage each week by 1-2 miles. I am doing a 2:1 interval (run 2 min./walk 1 min.). We are on week 4 and I will be running 7 miles this Sat. By November (San Antonio Rock n Roll Marathon) I will have a training run of 24-25 miles, so I'm slowly talking myself into going ahead and running the marathon. I'll just call it my training run. We shall see! emoticon I'll know I'm doing well, if I run this one successfully and then I can complete the Dallas White Rock marathon in Dec. By the way, there are several Jeff Galloway spark teams too!

    Look into Galloway's books, you can find some really good info. on training for a marathon smartly.

    I am glad you are going to do this. I knew you would! I was going to email you and say, instead of a half marathon, why not a full marathon....teehee, but HOTLIKEHUBBY beat me to it. emoticon

    Anywho, still proud of you gal! Sorry about the long arse post.....just had to get in my 2 cents about marathons. I figure if I'm successful with my 2nd marathon and feel good about it, it's time for that next bucket list item, HALF IRONMAN...so then next I'll be hearing you training for your first triathlon! emoticon

    Love ya, mean it!

    3739 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/23/2010 1:08:07 PM
  • EILEEN160
    I am not surprised that a marathon is in the works!!! You have the ability and discipline to do it so have a great time training for it.
    I'm enjoying the foods you've blogged, helping me eat more healthy.
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  • no profile photo PIXIECN
    You rock! You're goint to knock that marathon out of the park!!
    3740 days ago
  • 250STRONG
    Love it!
    3740 days ago
    Despite all the issues I found with my body in training for my marathon, I enjoyed every step and at the end, I knew I could do it again. In fact I'll be doing it again in less than 6 months. When you don't worry about time and only completion, it makes the race that more enjoyable! in 5 short months, you will carry a title few carry and honey, that's not crazy, but determined, focused and honorable!
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  • 46SHADOW
    good for you!
    3740 days ago
    That will be an amazing accomplishment for you. I've thought about a HM but I'm chicken. I just ran my first 10k in May. My time isn't in the record books but I finished.
    3740 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3543611
    Amazing! You can do it!!!!!!!
    3740 days ago
    From those tiny little acorns of ideas grow mighty oaks of marathons. Way to go! I know that you can do it. It may seem like a crazy idea to you, but I know you'll work hard for it. Whoohoo for Carolyn! :D
    3740 days ago
    Yay for you!!! How exciting! When you started this journey did you ever think you'd use half marathons to train for a whole (that's right...26.2 miles) marathon?? That is awesome beyond words! I am looking foward to hearing how the training goes!!!
    3740 days ago
    Good for you for running a marathon!! I'm running my very first the day after you are..(:

    I trained for one marathon, but didn't run it due to injury, but I trained with that book too and it is AMAZING!! Enjoy it!! (:
    3740 days ago
    Awesome! (and Crazy!) Haha I may not be saying that it is crazy either after I finish my first half on November 14th, I may want to go on for more too.

    Best of luck in your training!
    3740 days ago
    Truly excited for you !!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon . You can so do this Carolyn, I will be with you all the way.
    3740 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Wow, girl! So excited for you. My first half is that weekend too... November 14th, so we'll both have something big for that weekend! Let's work it together!

    I'm still unsure whether or not I want to do a marathon someday. I guess we'll see, huh?

    Let's do it!
    3740 days ago
    Wow! You inspire me to dream big! I am so proud of you. I cannot wait to hear how the training goes. Keep us posted!
    3740 days ago
    You so can do this. There are several here that are doing the Rock N' Roll Half Marathon in November too! This will be my second and I would just like to beat my old time by 43 minutes. I walk and we have already started training so it is do able.
    Good luck lady! emoticon

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    3740 days ago
    This is one of the things I LOVE about you! if anyone can so it, YOU CAN!
    3740 days ago
    OMG! I am so excited for you!!
    I have been saying that the farthest I want to run is a 10k since I finished my 10k--I plan to repeat it and my 5k from this year next year. I am still believing that for now, but every now and again I think about a half and then think, NAH! Next year, I want to do a mini-triathalon, though! I am a swimmer by nature so I want to get that done!
    3740 days ago
    Each to his/her own.

    I have stated on the record that I will never run a marathon.

    I have run a couple of 10km races and have one scheduled for the fall. Next year I plan to focus on half marathons (I already run that distance in training so it should not be a big deal). As far as running a marathon, I have said that is a crazy distance and I will not undertake it. So next year I plan to do half marathons and the following year I plan to do a couple of double half marathons…Unless of course things get away from me and I decide to do a double half marathons sooner. LOL

    Of course, there is then a danger that I will have to do a quadruple half marathon somewhere down the road.

    So have a care Carolyn!, you do not know where nor how far this journey will take you.

    3740 days ago
    Awesome! If you can sign up for a marathon, I certainly can work towards a 5K!
    3740 days ago
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    3740 days ago
    I'm SOOO excited for you, Carolyn! It's so exciting that we are running our marathon on the same day and will be training "together". :)
    3740 days ago
    Way to Go!!!!!!Might you be doing the Richmond race? I have run the half 2 years in a row and have signed up to do it again this year but like you ...a little seed has been planted and after finishing my first FULL this month I wonder should I continue and go for it in Nov??? Either way congrats!!!!! emoticon
    3740 days ago
    YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me, if I can run a marathon, anyone can! Enjoy the training!
    3740 days ago
    Wow you're my hero! Good luck training for it! You will ROCK it! I have such admiration for anyone who attempts running a marathon.
    3740 days ago
    I know you will do awesome. Steady and consistency is the key.
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    You go on sister!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • ANNE7X7
    OMG! I am so excited for you!! I have no doubt that this will be an incredible journey for you, and I can't wait to hear all about it!!! You might have even added a little fuel to my tiny little "I want to run a marathon in 2011" fire... Uh oh... Runners really are crazy, aren't they??
    3740 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6465553
    emoticon How exciting!!! emoticon WARRIOR!!!!
    3740 days ago
    you are one tough lady!
    3740 days ago

    I am proud, happy, extatic, and overjoyed for you, you fierce, fabulous, fearless star! You go girl! And tell us all about it!
    3740 days ago
    You go, girl! You CAN do it!
    3740 days ago
    Good Luck to you. I am working on running my first 5K, but will definately be working on setting a more ambitious goal after reading this blog.

    3740 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4811290
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    That is soo cool!! I remember I said after finishing my HM 'I'm not going to run a HM ever again' and few weeks later I signed up for the full package. No you're not crazy, you're bold, brave and fabulous!!!
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    3740 days ago
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