I am very excited to say that my marathon running club will start this saturday! Yay!!!!!! I am happy to finally have other people to run with. The long stretches out there on the road by myself can get a little hefty and lonely, especially when I am not feeling it! I get the feeling that by joining this running club and having a group of people who I can mingle and talk to, I should for sure reach my goals in October of running the full marathon.
I have finally reached a point in my training where I don't think that it's possible for me to go on without more support from others. I need people to be with me through this journey. I want to be proud of other people who are finishing and try to take in all sorts of new other people.
Am I scared? A little. But working with a team I truly feel like I am going to reach my goals this year. I have to. I don't know how to explain it other than that. I need to start doing things that are good for me, and make sure that I have something to do to take care of myself. Running has always been that spirit-lifting feeling where it feels like I can do anything!
In October, I want to do the Duke City Marathon. I watched the Marathoners start this year, it was pretty exciting, they all lined up and when the gun went off they were off. I want to have that feeling with friends, I have decided. I want to share my love of running a marathon with many other people. I think that it would just be an overwhelming and wonderful feeling.
I'll update ya'll about how it goes. Maybe some of them will even let me video-record their journeys. :) That's something that I think would be a cool contribution to this blog. I think that the more women who write regularly on this blog, the cooler it could get.
Maybe if I make enough friends, I can assign them all to one day a week. If I could only find two other women to write blog posts and video blog their journeys, that would be awesome. Alrighty! Talk to you all later. I'll update you all on how the marathon running will go.
Okay, I hate to sound like a dork, but I am joining a running club on Saturday officially!!!!! I am excited about this because I have never been part of a running club, and I am excited to finally be included with other people who are training. I have done it so much by myself, that I feel like I will be less intimidated now that I have all sorts of other people to train with. I can't wait to get so used to it that I start making running friends!!! I am excited about that. I don't have enough running friends. :-(
On another note, the true-blue project of finishing a marathon is truly starting to sink in for me. I have to review some training weeks to see if it's possible to go from a 13 mile run from May to a 26 mile run in October. I don't see why not----that's about 5-6 months in between, so at least 25 weeks, which if you amp up your mileage every week, could become truly possible.
I guess the first step from me is joining this marathon training club. It's a scary thought, and one that has always been in the back of my brain, but it's time to get on board with it----yeeeeehawwwwww!!! 2012 will be a very interesting year filled with all sorts of adversity and challenge. I finish my Master's degree in August. My husband finishes his in the Fall. We have all sorts of things going on, and I feel like the best way for me to focus my attention is to try and run a marathon. It would be the penultimate to the last five years of my life.
I started this blog after I finished watching the movie "Spirit of the Marathon". I was so interested to see how people had transformed their whole being just by running a marathon. I don't run a marathon so much to look fit and sexy, I mean, this is a perk, but not the most realistic perk. For me, it is about the challenge. And on another level, now that I will be meeting more people just like me, I think it's about making new friends who have this similar desire.
The fun thing about going to this running group is that I am going to be drawing people into my life that I have been trying to attract for some while. I am very into "The Secret" bu Rhonda Byrne, and I think that this is the secret working on some level. I am bringing more people and energy and love into my life!!!!
At the end of my finish line in October, I don't just see me finishing a physical accomplishment, I also see me reaching my career goals, health goals, life goals. I see all the friends that I have made along the way. In some ways, for me, finishing this marathon in October will be more like going through a rite-of-passage.
Things happen in life that will make it hard to be selfish sometimes. I know that the time commitment asosciated with running can seem like a selfish thing, but I gots to do it!!!! Very excited about life and lvoe. I am happy that I have such a sweet, caring and understanding husband. It would be hard to be me if I didn't have someone like him always supporting me.
Here are my life values:
May all of you experience these feelings today too.
Alright, alright, alright, alright! Running club is starting soon, and I am very excited for this to start happening. I guess I have been in contact with the running group coordinator for Albuquerque Fit recently. I am sincerely hoping that I can start running with them next Saturday!! It would give me some other people to run with.
I'll be honest, training for my last half marathon was a little lonely. I can't do it anymore! I am tired of going out there, getting on the trail, and kind of feeling alone while I do it. If I could make some friends while I do it, it would make the effort in it all the much better.
My sister is doing the DisneyWorld Half Marthon soon! Hopefully, she will send some pictures my way so that I can post them on the blog (maybe she will even guest blog)? We'll see. I was going to go do it with her, but like I said, getting through graduate school is expensive, and it looks like I will have to sit this fantastic race out. :-( I know her and her friend Stephanie will do awesome though!
Yeah, so that getting up at 5:00am thing to go and run 5 miles by my lonesome didn't happen. I am lacking motivation, I am losing the persistence to do this. I feel myself turning into a bump on a log, and I don't like it! I want it to warm up so I can go watch the sun rise in the morning on the trail.
I get the feeling my own motivations won't happen unless someone out there helps me, like this Albuquerque Fit running club. I hope they let me join next Saturday!!! I hope, I hope, I hope!!!!!!
Tomorrow, I am going to do Bikrahm Yoga in the morning. Then a six-mile run by my lonesome on Sunday morning.
When push comes to shove, the laziness truly starts to take a good toll on a person's body. I was supposed to go run 5 miles today, but I didn't. I have excuses as to why I did, but it in the end all this explains is that I didn't pull through with my 5-miler today. I am thinking that maybe I should do my 5-mile run tomorrow, instead of Bikrahm Yoga? Maybe I could squeeze Bikrahm Yoga before work on Friday? Maybe I could squeeze my 5-miler in on Friday morning before work? Maybe:
5:00AM Wake-Up & Breakfast
6:30 Finish Run/Shower/Snack/Go to Work
7:15 AM Leave the house for work
Yeah, I think that I will just try to get up at the crack of dawn on Friday and finish my requirements. On Saturday morning, I have a morning Bikrahm session before going hiking with some friends, and then on Sunday, I will do my six-mile run on the Tramway trail.
I wanted to go and do the Disneyworld half marathon with my sister this month, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. :-( Trying to get through graduate school isn't easy, but I am hoping that once I finish my program, that this October, I will be able to run those gruesome 26-miles.
It's a mental thing, I know it is. I don't know what it is inside of that doesn't allow me to push and make that change. I remember when I was able to do that, when I was able to push everything in my life out of view and simply be able to focus on the issue at hand: the big run!
I am still training for a half-marathon in May, but it's different than when I started training for my first few half marathons. Now, I want to go faster.
I am starting to incorporate speed training into my schedule now, something that I haven't really worked on. Every Monday and Tuesday after work, I plan on doing 1.5 miles in 12 minutes, that's a eight-minute-mile for those of you who are counting. It's a little much for me, to do all that, but it's going to become part of my routine. My goal, is that by the end of the summer, I will be able to run a 5k in about 24 minutes. That's much faster than I have ever done. My best time was about 30 minutes, and that's when I was a lot more super fit, I ate more protein shakes, and really stayed on track with my weight.
I don't weigh myself now. I guess, for me, my largest obstacle over the next 8-9 months is going to be keeping my eating habits in check. What I have learned from my running regimen is that when I start running, my eating goes out of control! I actually end up gaining a lot more wieght than losing, but this is a given for anyone training, I guess.
I am excited once April comes around, only two months away now, because then I can start joining RunFit, the marathon training club here in Albuquerque. I guess there is this strange feeling inside of me that makes me think about running and finishing that marathon that freaks me out a bit. It makes me think that if we all have a five-year-plan, we can truly change many things about our lives that we don't like.
Most people are too afraid to commit to change. Committing the change means that these new values and changes in your lifestyle means that you have to do it forever. And it's true. When I started running my one mile on the treadmill every now and again when I was 20, I didn't stop. Finally, at the age of 26, I am going to be able to complete my first marathon, and it's not going to be my last.
The goal is that tomorrow, I have to go to Bikrahm. On Friday, I got to wake up at 5 a.m. and go do my five mile run, maybe I will just rest on Saturday, and then on Sunday, I have to get up early again and do my 6 mile run. I know that I can do this, but truth be told, it's been too cold for me for go and do my runs, so I have been doing them on a treadmill.
Well, maybe I will think about posting another blog in a little bit. I know that my husband has been taking some little clips of me after some of my runs. I am thinking about doing some more work with these, fashioning them into some better little movies, and setting it up.
I think that running a marathon is a truly all-encompassing event that needs to be seen from every facet of our lives, and I guess that's what I would like to play and record here. Oh goodness. Here I do again.
I feel this creative spark wiggling within me. Excuse me! Got to go!
What are you all doing to prepare for the big 5k, half marathon, of marathon? Please share your comments and stories.