I signed up to run the Columbus Ohio Marathon on October 19th this year. This will be my first marathon and the biggest task I’ve ever taken on. For the past 2 years I’ve applied to the lottery for the New York City Marathon in hopes of getting in and making my marathon debut on my home turf and favorite city BUT anyone who knows anything about the NYC marathon knows that getting into that race via the lottery is damn near impossible. Sooo I did the next best thing and signed up for the Columbus Ohio marathon where my family can come be my cheering squad and I can get to know Columbus (aka-hubby’s hometown) a little bit better.
Words cannot express how excited I am for this journey. 3 years ago I started running, 2 years ago I ran my first half marathon and last year was the Olympic triathlon, it’s only fitting that this year I conquer the 26.2! Never in a million years did I think running would be this rewarding, probably because every sport I played running was used as punishment, but now I’d pick running over any other sport any day of the week.
It took me a little while to come up with the perfect training plan but then I came across this book and decided to customize my own plan based off the Novice 1 program.
With a couple of trips happening during the training I didn’t want to put pressure on how much I would run while I’m away so I left those “away” days blank and we’ll just see what happens 🙂
This week is week 3 and I am kicking butt! At first I was super nervous about Hal Higdon’s plan calling for 3 consecutive days of running but today was a day 3 run and I felt stronger than ever. Definitely training the legs to work hard even when they are fatigued so hopefully this will help prevent me from hitting a wall when I get into the longer runs in August.
Anyways that is the plan Stan, lets do this! TWENTY SIX POINT FREAKIN’ TWO, HERE I COME!
The past couple weeks have flown by! My brother-in-law and his wife had a baby (yay new nephew!) and my husband’s family has been visiting and staying with us. Side note-I really lucked out in the in-law department because Jon’s whole family is so much fun and the nicest people ever. With that said, we have been SUPER busy so training has been very slow. I haven’t even posted a celebratory kickoff post :(. NOT GOOD! Right now I am on week 3 of the 20 week marathon training plan and everything is about to change, time to get serious! It’s not that I haven’t been logging the miles, I have, but I’m just barely getting by. Let’s do a quick recap in pictures of the past 2 weeks:
First off, Finley got spayed. Here she is giving her best puppy eyes in her THIRD cone. Yes third… she chewed through her first two.
6/7- Run 7 miles
6/10- 5 foggy rough miles
6/12- 4 rainy miles
6/14- 6 miles
6/17- Happy birthday to my sweet Maddie girl! My first dog and childhood best friend turned 14 yesterday!! We got Maddie when I was in 7th grade and she has been the best dog in the entire world ever since. Although she is an old lady now she still has the spirit of a puppy. It’s so special to see her and Finley together, seeing my two puppies so happy just makes my heart melt. This is my absolute favorite picture us.
6/18- 5 awesome NEW miles. I took a different route today and found a big park to run through. The only kicker is that you have to run/walk 1 mile straight uphill to get there. I’m going to try to do this route at least once a week so by marathon day I will have calves of steel.
Also today, BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO MY SISTER KATIE!!! LOVE YOU!
Running for me goes way beyond exercise. It has made me a stronger, healthier, more dedicated and overall happier person. It’s gotten me through some really tough times and has made the best days even better. Running is totally mental, it’s all about pushing yourself further to see what you are made of. With every new distance you cover or day you decided to get out of bed when it was the last thing you wanted to do, you learn more about your spirit and the type of person you are. Running makes you the best version of yourself.
This morning I ran a mini tempo run to celebrate this lovely run holiday 🙂
I really love this quote by Kara Goucher, it’s so true. I learn something new about myself on each run (mostly that I am way stronger than I ever imagined) and the time I spend alone on my runs is so therapeutic. It’s my reflective time where I don’t have to do anything but just put one foot in front of the other and be happy. During my runs I’m definitely making mental to-do lists and thinking about the day to day, but mostly I’m thinking about how great life is and what my body is able to do. I feel so lucky to be able to run and that my legs are strong enough to take on new challenges every year. Running has helped me overcome the toughest time in my life and push forward. It’s become “my thing” and made me the person I am today; strong, confident and full of appreciation and love. I’m grateful for every mile.
Why do you run??
On Sunday I ran my first ever trail race and it was AWESOME! I thought I was doomed all week leading up to the race because I overdid it with strength training on Wednesday and my quads were insanely sore. By Saturday I convinced myself I was only going to run the 5k and play it safe but I woke up Sunday morning and decided to suck it up. I’m so happy I did because I had no idea what I was in for. The race was right by my parent’s house so they came out to cheer me on along with Jon and Finley. It was a small race but extremely well organized. The gun went off at 9am and the next thing I know I’m running through narrow wooded trails like Katniss Everdeen in my own version of The Hunger Games, long steep ups and long steep downs. About a mile in I glanced at my Garmin and saw I was holding a 10 minute pace and since it’s been a while since I’ve seen that I started to realize trails were no joke! I was dodging rocks and bushes, jumping over fallen trees and skipping over exposed roots. The best part of the race was having to keep insanely focused the whole time, mainly so I didn’t break my neck. My legs were giving it their all up the endless hills but it felt great and I was riding a high the whole time. Between the gorgeous wooded scenery and challenging course, time was flying by and it felt like the race was over in the blink of an eye. I finished 19th overall and 3rd in my age group, victory!! If you have never done a trail race, Google one now and sign up immediately- you will LOVE it!
This race was also very exciting in another way; it marks day #1 of my marathon training! If all goes well 20 weeks from Sunday I will be in Columbus Ohio with my insanely supportive husband, both sets of our parents, sister & brother in-law, niece and nephew and I will be running the Columbus Marathon. A big chunk of my inspiration for getting into blogging was to blog through my marathon journey and hopefully inspire others to make their running dreams come true and better yet make them come true in really cool places! So this is like the official, OFFICIAL kick off to Wanderlust On The Run, woohoo! Thanks for being a part of it!
Hope you all had a nice weekend and fit in a great run! 🙂