Sunday, November 2, 2014

Marathon Training : Back in the Game

So, a few weeks ago, I decided to start running again. I don't remember if I blogged about it. (Apparently, I did!) After I started running, I started thinking about running another marathon. Certainly, I'd like to run at least one more, maybe two more. And I figure, if it's something I say I want to do, I should just go ahead and do it now, while the thought still seems like a really good idea. So, I told my mom about it. I told her that for Christmas and my birthday, I'd like running shoes and race fees paid and a new sports bra...and then she went and paid my registration for the Cleveland Marathon this May. And then I went and made "Save the Date" postcards and sent them to all my friends, so now EVERYONE knows what I'm doing. And here I am, building milage and going for it!

At first, I felt awful when running. I couldn't do much more than a mile without feeling like my lungs would explode and I just thought that I was never going to be able to accomplish this. So then I remember what it was like the first time and how I had to overcome two HUGE obstacles : my mind and my pace. Running is largely a mind game and if I tell myself I can't do something, then I won't do something. But if I tell myself I can do something (slow and steady), then I can do it. Pace is the second biggest issue. If I start a run too fast, then I might not have the energy to finish the run. I was worried that I was running too slowly and wouldn't meet the pace requirements. But I'm working with RunKeeper now, and it reminds me as I'm running what my pace is. I'm happy to report that I'm doing well!

This time around, I am trying to improve on my pace, but I'm not hung up on it. I break down my runs into different trails and courses I like and I set personal goals for running faster on those trails. This helps me conquer speed without really focusing too much on it. I'm also training with a friend, once a week, for speed walking. I might end up walking in this marathon and I'd like to improve my pace on that as well. So she and I are hitting my neighborhood and just speed walking. I'm also looking for a workout buddy to do a hill repeat workout with once every other week. Apparently, running hills improves pace and speed all over. But I'd really never like to run a hill ever, so I think trying to find a buddy to do this type of workout with would be great.

So now I'm back in the game and might start weekly updates again. We'll see. I'm having trouble really sticking with a posting schedule on this blog, which is a problem. I gotta get on that!


  1. Good for you! I want to try the Color Run in Denver next year, but I so need to get in shape. After the baby, I say, after the baby (we'll see how that goes).


    1. Hey, you can totally walk a Color Run! And it is best done with friends. It was my first race, actually. You should go for it!