Sunday, January 19, 2014

Marathon Training : Moving Forward

So I've run a marathon and after two years of training, I've discovered some things : I really enjoy running a lot. Like, a lot. Running up to ten miles is really awesome for me and I love it. I don't want to stop. I really enjoy the physical changes to my body's abilities. I love that I can run faster and play harder and move furniture and just do more stuff without losing my breath or feeling sore. It's awesome. I like the new size of my body, and I feel guilty admitting that... but I do.

I don't want to lose any of these things. I don't want to go back to a sedentary lifestyle. I want to do more, much more. So I've decided to run Akron's half marathon. I talked to Jessica about running the marathon and based on her standards for improving her times on the type of course Akron has, I don't think I could manage the time. I refuse to run a race I don't think I can finish. I think that would be a waist of money. So I'm going to start "training" for a half...which isn't really any training at all. Instead, I think I'm going to start to include speed work and hill work in my running and see how I can do for improving my overall pace. Truthfully, I could continue as I have and just run some mileage and easily complete most halves, but I think it'll be fun to challenge myself. Then maybe I'll run another marathon next year, but maybe not. I could see myself enjoying running half marathons for the future. I'd just like to maintain my current running ability, continue to run at least one half marathon or full marathon per year, and enjoy running as much as I have.

I think I'm still going to write about my running goals, but I think I'll probably broaden what I write about on Sundays. Writing about marathon training was always about goal setting and never about fitness. I can continue to write about running, but I think I should also use Sundays to update on New Year's Resolutions, 101 Things to do in 1001 Days, and whatever else is going on in my life.

4 comments:

  1. Being active isn't only about being "fit" or "healthy", it's also about making connections with people, the community, and nature. I think, along with cardiovascular health and socializing, I love the peace that being outside gives me. I love feeling "alive" during and after a run. I love passing other runners and saying "hello", "good morning", and knowing without exchanging any words, that they might be running for some of the same reasons I am running. And, mostly, I love that my body can do amazing things, things that I never thought were possible for me. =) And there is certainly nothing wrong with embracing the healthy changes that being active results in! -Jess L

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    1. I was prepared to disagree with everything you said...because I don't see this about being "fit" or "healthy" nor do I see it about communing with people...although I definitely do enjoy communing with nature, when I'm not running through the city. But I do enjoy getting to know my city through runs as well.

      But you're completely right that being active can be about all sorts of things and doesn't have to be about being "fit" (though that's sort of a side effect) or "healthy" (which is subjective anyway). I would've said I don't care about the "community," because I love running alone...but I do get to know other runners and have exchanged hellos and high fives.

      So yes, you're basically totally right!

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    2. Heh, you can disagree with me, though. I won't get offended, and people can have their own opinions.

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    3. Yeah, but disagreeing for no reason is not cool!

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