Friday, August 9, 2013

My Big Plans!

I mentioned I would try to get back tonight to talk about my plans and figured this is the perfect opportunity.  The Husband went to bed early because he's going to run into work for a few hours tomorrow, Rex has been in bed for quite awhile now, and Curly went to spend the weekend with Nana (my mom).

I am a bit nervous to even say...er, type...this because it is not something that I thought would even cross my mind for a couple more years.  I have decided to run a MARATHON in May.  Yes, all capitals because when I think about it, that's how I imagine it in my head.  I am scared out of my mind, ya'll, but I really, really want to do it.

The whole thought came out of nowhere.  The race schedule that I had in mind is looking like it is going to need to change and we have decided to move a couple races and go back to the Flying Pig this year.  We were between it and the Indy Mini but we had so much fun at the Flying Pig and the kids are wanting to race again.  Unfortunately we don't have any options for kids races nearby and the Indy Mini doesn't offer one.

So, after making the decision to go back to the Pig, I wanted to do something different.  I originally thought that I would do the 3 way which is running the 5k and 10k on Saturday and then running the half marathon on Sunday.  That has been my plan for while but the other day when we were getting ready to run the marathon just popped into my head and I said "I want to do that!"  Now, I am fairly certain that is what is going to happen.  There are a couple things that may change this decision.

1. My weight- I know, I know that shouldn't change my decision to do something I really want but recently I have gone low carb.  I am talking induction level low carb so only 20-25 carbs a day.  This is just enough to fuel my short runs right now but I really wanted to be at or very close to goal weight before I move into a more Paleo-ish style of eating and adding back in fruits and sweet potatoes.  I have 23-28lbs before I get to what I consider my goal and I would like to be within 10lbs of there by the time my mileage ups to the higher miles.  I am fairly certain I can do it but you just never know when you will hit a plateau.

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2. My leg- The day following my half at the Flying Pig in May I had what I thought was an extremely sore hamstring on my left leg.  Only problem is that it still aches now when I run or do a lot of walking like we did at the theme park Wednesday.  I have an appointment with a chiropractor and I am going to see if that helps.  If not, I am off to my general doctor to get a referral to a sports medicine doctor.

I have decided to do Hal Higdon's Novice Supreme program just because I run much better when I have a program to follow so starting 30 weeks out is not necessarily what I HAVE to do but what I WANT to do. I am sure I could start 18 weeks out on the normal training program and be ok but having a set plan keeps me focused and on track.  Therefore, training for the May 4th race will begin October 6!

Thanks for listening to my rambling!

Happy Running!


9 comments:

  1. Awesome! =) I am still in the "marathons scare the crap out of me" stage, but in the back of my mind, I think maybe, just maybe... one day.... I just have to survive all the halfs I'm already signed up for. =)

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    1. Oh, believe me! I am still in the "marathons scare the crap out of me" stage, also! I am also excited, though, and can't stop talking about it. I just hope my leg cooperates..

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    2. Also, Good luck on your halfs!!!

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  2. Congrats on your decision, I'm sure it feels HUGE! I can't even fathom it when training for my first half, but there's a tiny tiny tiny seed in the back of my head that I think might grow one day. I hope you figure out the leg issue and training goes well!

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    1. It does feel huge! That is why I'm using the super novice program with 30 weeks of planning vs 18. I felt the same way when training for my half so I think it's doable..At least I hope! You will do great on your half and I am sure that seed will be growing shortly after!

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  3. Congrats on moving forward with a Marathon!

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  4. Congrats on deciding to tacklet a MARATHON! You can totally do this. It really is over half mental. Luckily you have time to get ready and prepare :) Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! And, yes, time is definitely on my side!

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