Please add marathoner to my stack of “hats” that I wear. I did it. I completed The Chicago Marathon on 10.9.16 coming in at 04:35:26
There are days that I wake up and still can not believe that I get to cross “run a marathon” off of my list. The year of training was hard. Early than earlier mornings. Running in the heat, snow and rain. Overcoming an injury that took me out of training for 2 weeks. It seems like a blur but also like such a long year. I could not have done this with our the support of my husband, family and friends. Running was all that I talked about and really, all that I wanted to talk about.
After you run a marathon, people want to know if you will be “one and done”. I knew the minute I crossed that finish line that I will do another (several). I am already looking forward to running Chicago again next year ( if I am lucky to get picked in the lottery) and maybe /likely a spring marathon as well ( pending the winter weather). The mental and physical demands that I placed on my body was overwhelming. The fact that my mind and body responded so very well to 90% of the training made me feel like this is what I am supposed to be doing.
Now, I am not winning any medals with my time but that’s not why I am a runner. Some people run for competition. Thats not me. I run for stress relief and to bond with some of my dearest friends that I would not have met if not for running. I run to give my body what it needs and deserves. I run to be a better me not to be better than someone else.
I have only ran 1 mile since the marathon. My husband and I took a vacation to Mexico the day after the marathon. Since being home, I have done a few short yoga sessions while G naps. I think I just needed a little break from the early morning wakeups and the training schedule demanding from me what to do that day. There is no doubt that I will get back at running soon.
Run happy. Run always.
PS- This is my gal pal and one of my BRF, Krista. We ran the entire marathon side by side. This was her third marathon and she PR’d! I will write more on her later 🙂
It has been well over a month since my first half marathon of the season. Glass City (Toledo, OH) was the half that I selected to conquer my goal of a sub2. The running group that I am so happy to be a part of (FTR… which means finish the race OR depending on how awful in is, F*ck this Race!) sets goals every January for the upcoming year. For me the goals were 1) sub2 2) run a half for fun without considering goal time or pace 3) run a half at a steady pace the entire time and 4) run a marathon . It brings me joy to report goals 1 and 2 are complete! Glass City was amazing. 1:56:49 was my time. A friend from FTR, I call her Boston Nancy, paced me. Nancy is a rockstar. She knew just what to say and when to say it. She talked me off the ledge miles 9.5-11. I am not sure what happens, but every single time I near 10 miles, even on a training run, my mind starts wigging out and then my body follows. Once I get past 11, I am gravy for the next 2. In fact, I have a tendency to speed up the last 2 miles.
Goal #2 was the Cleveland half. I signed up for this with my gal pal/yoga teacher Erica 1 week before the race. We wanted to do the CLE half because we both love the little neighborhoods that CLE tucks away. CLE half was my very first half marathon May 2012. It has a super cozy spot on my heart. Also, it is usually down right HOTTTTTT to the point that many people have passed out or have ended up in the medic tent due to dehydration. Not this year. This year it was 30 degrees and I am not kidding when I tell you, we witnessed all possible weather conditions in 13 miles. On the way to downtown, we saw 8 cars in the ditch due to freezing rain/hail/ice. Did I mention, that I also had strep throat? Did I also mention that my uncle had died 4 days prior?!?!?!? I was a hot cold mess. Despite all of the above, we just took our sweet ole time. We stopped at every water stop. We assisted a fellow runner who was pushing a girl with Rhetts syndrome. We were literally removing hail and snow from this poor girls face while trying to wrap her up in dry trash bags. E is in the type of person who just radiates calmness and good vibes. If I do not see my friend weekly, I feel off. She balances me and makes me,me ( if that makes sense.). Our finish time was somewhere in 2:32ishhh range. By far the slowest BUT the most rememberable race to date.
Goal #3- I have a half marathon in mind for this in the Fall.
Goal #4- Chicago marathon training started this morning. 7 miles at 8am. Holy Shitballs batman. It was ROUGH. Like- consider “why in the hell am I even a runner ” rough. I am so very thankful I had my sole sister Leslie with me. We were both on the struggle bus today. Legs felt sloppy. Humidity was insane. Stomach was uneasy. Yesterday, M (6) and I did a lady tutu 5k but we did a run/walk combo so I don’t think that was it. We did also take a bike ride and I mowed the lawn as well as helped lay some mulch. I didn’t feel sore. I felt outside of myself. Like my body was foreign to me. So weird. Hoping to never experience this again.
The last few months I have been sick. I have had allergies, strep throat, and bronchitis with croup ( all diagnosed by the doc and treated with different meds). Because of this, my running, eating, sleeping, and hydration has been off. Todays run proved to me just how serious I need to get. A marathon is a major event and proper training needs to take a priority in my life. Giving 100% is all I can do. I want to stand at the starting line knowing I gave it my all. Speaking of.. I better get off here and go drink some water.