Monday, April 27, 2009

Marathon training

When I first started this marathon training I did a lot of reading, looking for advice and tips. One mans tip was to "not bore your friends and family with your training schedule." I understand where he's coming from, but at the same time this is something i'm doing with my life right now, so i'm going to ignore his advice. I guess if it bores you, don't read it. :) This race training has been such an empowering experience for me. My first "long" run was 5 miles and I told Brent that I didn't think I would be able to make it. Before that, I was only running 1-2 miles max. But I did it, then I did 6, then 7...and on Saturday morning I went out for my 17 mile run. This was by far my best run. I finally started using some "energy gel" packets during my run, they taste absolutely disgusting, but I had so much more energy then previous weeks. It helped my confidence to finally have a long run where I didn't have to stop and walk. It makes me feel like I can really do this. On the downside I got stung by some stinging nettle while making a "pit stop." One of the hazards of long-distance running that you don't hear about. :) That stuff hurts! (on my legs!) I only have two more long runs before our schedule cuts back on distance before the actual race. The group that is running is renting a house on the coast so we are looking forward to a great weekend with friends, food and lots of running! I really didn't think I could EVER run a marathon and it's exciting to think that maybe, just maybe I can.

4 comments:

Deyce and Garrick said...

I think this is awesome! I admire you for your determination (not to mention your endurance). See you soon!

Julia said...

Deena, you are so awesome! You inspire me to maybe someday later start contemplating thinking about running a marathon. And, um, is a "pit stop" what I think it is????

Ditto Family said...

Bore me some more!!! I'm totally proud of you! I still remember how painful stinging nettle is from 7th grade Outdoor Camp. Good thing it was on your leg not your bum bum--

Debbie Tovey and Family said...

I'm so impressed. I'm speechless. GO DEENA!