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.
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!
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""