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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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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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Running Recap: Week 5 & 6

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Eccck. How did I get so behind? Probably because I was out and about, eating crawfish, taking in amazing bluegrass music festivals, and eating some killer peanut butter pie. But, don’t you worry I am still running, as fast as my little legs will carry me, because it is real now. I got in, I paid my money. I am running the Chicago Marathon in 6 months. It sounds far away some days and other days it sounds like tomorrow.

P.S. Complete sidenote– Aren’t my puppies the cutest most intense dogs ever? That one floppy ear gets me every time. Every. Time.

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Week 5

4/20-4, 4/21-3.35, 4/22-6, 4/23-Rest, 4/24-6, 4/25-3+Yoga, 4/26-Rest

Total 22.35 miles

Week 6

4/27-8, 4/28-2, 4/29-4, 4/30-6, 5/1-Rest, 5/2-Rest, 5/3-4

Total 24 miles

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I don’t Like it, I Love it

Can we talk about how much I love the song, “I don’t Like it, I Love it!”? Because I do. Get it Flo Rida, Robin Thicke, and Verdine White.

But what do I love even more than the actual song? This video. Sean Hayes you make me cry laugh. That little guitar. Kills me. Also, this gem below is pretty fantastic too. Both will put you in an awesome mood instantly. Promise.

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Running with…er…horses?

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I promise I don’t plan on writing about running everyday, because let me tell you it does not always make me happy. But, today was an interesting run. Usually during the week I run in my neighborhood. I live slightly out in the county, on a lake that opens to the Mississippi River. On one side of the road the landscape is filled with houses. Almost all the houses are on stilts, and we often have to worry about flooding during the spring. On the other side of the road you will see woods or open fields. Towards the end of my running route there is field filled with, yep, you guessed it, horses. I love running by them, such beautiful creatures. One day, a few months ago, they ran alone side my running buddy and me. It was breath taking. But, we were divided by the pasture fence. Thankfully.

Today, they were free. Yep. Just hanging out on the road. No biggie. We slowed our run to a walk and passed through them no trouble. They just watched us as we moved by them. [Side note: It reminded me of this print my parents have in their house (see above). Although there was no snow today- it felt like 100 degrees. I have always loved a Bev Doolitte.] A 1/2 mile later we reached the end of the road and turned around to head back toward the horses. This time, one started chasing us! I have had dogs chase me, but never a horse! We quickly veered off the road onto a drive way and ran on private driveways until we could come back to the road 1/4 of a mile down from the horses. You know you live in the county when a horse chases you. That is my story, and I am sticking to it.

Any interesting animals chase you recently?

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Running Recap: Week 2

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Another week of marathon training under the big belt. I completed an 8 miler this week and whoa. I have not done that in a while. I was left slightly exhausted. The next two weeks are going to be a little bit tricky because I will be at the beach. Well, the beach part won’t be hard, but the no running buddies will be. Because for some reason if I don’t have someone running with me I can.not.find.motivation. Alright, time to hop on the bike! #takethatmotivation

Week 2: Monday 3/30- 3 miles; Tuesday 3/31- 3.35 miles; Wednesday 4/1-3.35 miles; Thursday 4/2- REST; Friday 4/3- 8 miles; Saturday 4/4- 1.5 hour yoga (yum, I will talk more about my new found love for yoga later this week); Sunday 4/5- 3 miles

TOTAL: 20.7 miles and some mad stretching aka yoga!

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