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What I learned from Marathon #2

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How does that saying go? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. Yep, that is how I feel about running a second marathon. There was a glimmer of hope that is was going to be better than the last time, and well, it wasn’t, it was worse.

While I was struggling through mile 20-26, all I could keep thinking was, “Why am I doing this? This is no fun.” I then had flashbacks to my first marathon and I swear I thought the same thing at mile 20. “This is so not fun, why am I doing it?” Now, I am writing it down so I don’t forget.

My takeaways from this last marathon:

  1. I really like the 13 mile distance. I felt great about my 1/2 marathon time. I might even go as far to say I enjoyed it. I think from here on out 13.1 is going to be my jam.
  2. I am a horrible runner. I am slow, I struggle. Why do I do it? I am an athlete and I live in rural Mississippi. There are not many options beyond running that allow me to workout with buddies (and maybe one day I will be competitive). Which leads me to #3.
  3. I love having running buddies. They make the running worth it. They inspire me, teach me, and motivate me to keep going even when it seems impossible. I owe this race to my running buddy. She is a true marathon running rockstar.
  4. If you are going to run a marathon, run Chicago. The route is amazing, the crowds are fantastic, the weather was awesome. Downfall? You have to wait for the race to start for what feels like for-evah. And the walk at the finish I swear adds at least an additional mile if not more. And where was the pizza? I want to cross the finish and eat pizza. Immediately.
  5. Training in the summer is totally not the bee’s knees. It.is.the.worst. For my first marathon I trained in the middle of winter in feet of snow. I thought that was challenging. Running in 100+ temps and 99% humidity for 50 consecutive days, it is just plain miserable. To the point where I thought my body was shutting down. I can’t tell you how excited I am to start running in cooler fall temps. Because, October is totally my fav.

Well, now I have tons of time on my hands, I still really want to complete a 1/2 Ironman next year. I hope to hop on the bike and and back in the pool in the next month or so. I will keep you posted and that might mean more consistent posting. Lucky you!

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Geek.

I bet you thought I gave up on my training. Nope, the truth is I spent the summer melting and sweating 10x my body weight daily, and therefore I didn’t have time to keep you up-to-date on my training. The long story short is, I am getting on a plane tomorrow to run the Chicago Marathon, I survived training in the Mississippi Delta’s sweltering summer, barely, and I can’t wait to eat a big ole cannoli once I reach the finish line.

I’ll let you know how it goes. Promise. In a timely fashion too. 🙂

Loves.

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Donuts. Nom, nom.

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I love eating. Especially stuff that isn’t good for you. Donuts and I are total besties. I love going for a long run and treating myself to donuts. Because seriously who can eat just one? Recently I have found myself following blogs about people who run and also have a love for sugary treats. While browsing one of those blogs I came across this amazing donut chart. Of course I felt the need to share in order to justify my donut habits. Now I am off to eat a donut.

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The Levee

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What do people who live in Mississippi do on beautiful Thursday evening? Take their puppies on a levee ride. And wear super awesome blue shades. Oh and take super fun selfies. This is totally one of my happy places. Hope you are in your happy place. That sounds awkward. Happy!

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Running Recap: Week 7 & 8

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What have I been doing? Running. Have I been writing about it? Nope. But, that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Promise. I have crossed over to the 20+ miles a week range. It feels like more because the Mississippi Delta is hot. And humid. And pretty miserable. Daily I second guess myself, was this really a smart plan? Training for a marathon in the heat of a Mississippi summer? Nope, probably not. But, I am committed so here we go.

Week 7

5/4-6.5, 5/5-5, 5/6-Rest, 5/7-7, 5/8-Rest, 5/9-5, 5/10-4

Total: 27.5

Week 8

I had a bit of a set back a few aches and pains which caused me to cut back a bit this week. And the rain, oh the rain.

5/11-3.35, 5/12-4, 5/13-Rest, 5/14-10, 5/15-4, 5/16-Rest, 5/17-Rest

Total: 21.35

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Sprouts

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What have I been up to? Planting gardens, well and running more on that later, maybe tomorrow? I am so excited to watch my garden grow. We just got some crazy rains which equals lots of green sprouts. Woot, woot! Maybe I do have a green thumb. I’ll keep you posted.

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It’s all about those 7s

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7 miles before 7 (almost) on the 7th. Happy 7th day of May!

I got new running shoes what a game changer. Whoa! My #1 running tip…get a good pair of shoes and track your miles in them. I’m a firm believer in the 300 miles rule. If your shoes have gone 300 miles they deserve to be retired. Your feet, shins, joints, knees will thank you. Don’t want to wait for shoes? Order from Zappos. I ordered my new Brooks Tuesday afternoon and they were at my door within 24 hours. Now that is service, sheesh! Supporting local stores is super awesome too if you can. #shoplocal All this great advice before 8 AM-who am I?

Happy Thursday!

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