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Week 1 Marathon Training

5 Feb

Week 1 of Marathon Training completed: Check!
15 miles run over 4 days: Check!
That sense of accomplishment that comes naturally with running: Check!

Strait of Juan de Fuca

This week, my running has felt different.  I’ve been running faithfully since April 2011, and while my mileage wasn’t really any different than the past 6 months, my state-of-mind was different.  I felt my love of running renewed.  I was more motivated to stick to my training schedule and carve time out of my very busy schedule to lace up my running shoes and hit the road, or the treadmill.  And I am 100% convinced that my renewed drive comes from having a goal.

While this is a huge goal for me, running a marathon has been on my bucket list for 5 years, I don’t feel it is an impossible one.  I’ve set a solid foundation over the last 10 months, and I really, truly, deeply, madly, love running.  I know that I wouldn’t even be able to even attempt training for 26.2 miles if I didn’t love the sense of calm and peace as I run my favorite trail along the water, or the rush of happiness and feeling of accomplishment when I push myself just a little farther.  I think you could say that the loves of my life rank in this order:  my Heavenly Father, Jon, Tristan, my family, my friends, and RUNNING.  Yup.  I am that obsessed.  But, it is a good obsession.  One that has changed my life in so many ways.

On the plate for Week 2- Monday: Cross Training; Wednesday: 3 mi; Friday: 4 mi; Saturday: 3 mi; Sunday: 7 mi.
The mileage will steadily climb, but so will my strength, endurance, and committment.

Until next time…

My First Marathon

30 Jan

Week 1:  I just signed up for my first full marathon- the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.  It’s a gorgeous trail, from Sequim to Port Angeles, along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, here in Northwest Washington.  It truly is a beautiful run.
I have 18 weeks to train. I’m excited because this is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time, and I’m finally gonna do it. I have a solid running base; I have been faithfully running since March 2011.  I ran my first 10K and then an ultra-trail half marathon last summer.
I’m also super nervous because this is a huge committment, of both physical and time. As one of my friends shared, the next 18 weeks will be filled with ups and downs, but it will all be worth it when I cross that finish line.
I plan on sharing this journey with all of you; it will help hold me accountable in my training. Each week, I will be posting my runs through Nike+GPS, so you will be able to follow along and cheer me on! (If you feel so inclined) Looking forward to these next 18 weeks. Here I go!