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2010 Marathon Ponderings

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The city that I live in holds a marathon/half marathon/relay/twilight 5k every May. First weekend in May. It has been on my mind. I thought that if I kept a base LSD of 10 miles, along with weekday mileage, then I would not have to spend as much time training up. However, I am conflicted. The course is only open for 6 hrs. It took me 5:47 to finish 23 miles, and I have a 26 miler before I taper for my marathon in late October.

Can I better my time by as much as 30 minutes by next May? Am I risking a lot to make this happen? I am not one to try something that I cannot finish. I suppose I could be cautious and sign up for the half. I could then run the connecting half or full in October of next year and get a special medal for completing the two.

Thoughts? Feedback?

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BRIAN36 10/4/2009 11:12AM

    I'd suggest starting after you recover from the Oct. Marathon to use one of your weekly regular runs for either hills or speed training and cycle your weekly LSDS like 10, 12, 14, 10, 12 14, to maintain a solid base. Schedule a "test" half in early March and use one of the online race predictors to see where you are time-wise and decide half or full based on that. I think it's definitely doable, though. Don't sell yourself short, and what's the worst that will happen? Maybe the last 1/2 hour you'll have to finish on the sidewalks, but you will finish.

That's just my 2 cents, LOL.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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MARKAMURKA 10/4/2009 10:15AM

    Let's see how do you do in October. And how much time you can spend on your running. Which part of the year can you squeeze in better your longer runs that goes with marathon training? Just keeping fit and a HM costs much less dedication than training for a marathon. In my opinion both version is very very good.

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_MSAPRIL17_ 9/22/2009 4:41PM

    I think that May is far enough away yet that you will surprise yourself. I am not sure about you, but I find that when I do a "new" LSD that the next time I do that same distance I always manage to shave some time off. My 2nd 10 miler I cut 10 minutes off. My 11 miler I finished in the same time as my 2nd 10 miler (if this is making any sense). I really think you are underestimating yourself. You have a lot of time and training yet.

I think you need to give yourself a little more time and maybe if you are still not feeling comfortable about it the idea of the connecting half.

Hope this helps!!!

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Marathon Training: Week 21, Day 3

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I took advantage of my time working remotely today. And the skies look threatening too. I've been working to push myself on these short runs because I quietly want to break a sub 30 minute 5k. I do not know what else it will take for me to get there. Probably speedwork for sure. But I can't focus on speedwork until after the marathon.

2.41 miles
30:42 duration
12:44 pace
548 calories burned

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CHARQ09 9/22/2009 12:05PM

    Keep up the good work, Julie! You are doing great!
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Marathon Training: Week 21, Day 1

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I was unsure if today's run would happen, as I started it in the ER with my youngest twin daughter. She smooshed her hand in the sliding door of the minivan last night, and was still having trouble with it this morning. So I postponed the run to take her in. Fortunately, it was just a contusion.

I tried something a little different. I took in one Clif Block every 20 minutes, rather than 3 blocks every 40-45 minutes. I actually liked how I felt overall for the run, so I'll change that up. I opted not to cross a major roadway, and instead wove in and out of the parking lanes at a large building in the office park. Afterward, I finished out the rest of the mileage. Aside from the knee twingest at the start (don't you hate the tricks that the body plays on you?)...I felt very good. I did take my camelbak b/c I seem to need just a little more than what the fuel belt offers for this distance.

8.01 miles
1:50:41 duration
13:48 pace
2058 calories burned

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DEE797 9/20/2009 3:22PM

    emoticonKeep on finding out which supplements work for you. YOU CAN DO THIS!! GOOD LUCK!!

Much success on your journey!


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MARLENE2995 9/20/2009 2:17PM

    Keep up the good work and keep tweaking your supplements during your runs. I did my marathon yesterday and realized I didn't adjust well to Gatorade. I hadn't used that for fuel during my long walks (I walked the marathon) so my stomach didn't feel so good after about 16 miles. It didn't keep me from finishing but I think I would have done better using Bloks like I had on my training.

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Mileage and Meanderings

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I have gotten miles in this week, just not in the traditional run way. I walked 20 minutes on Monday (just under a mile), and got in 1.6 on the elliptical on Tuesday. I struggled with some sinus/sore throat nonsense and did not want to push myself.

I've got just under 40 days to marathon. Can't believe it. I have my e-confirmation printoff so that I can pick up my packet. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning!

I am fighting demons in my head every taper down, or do that last 26 miler. I feel like Jekyll and Hyde are in my head. I've proven that I can be on my feet nearly 6 hrs straight...but would a little longer taper cause me less trouble on the new 3 miles on race day? I just don't know. I am so torn. So many reasons to go for it. I hate when I agonize. My first instinct says I must do the 26. The method and the schedule has worked amazingly well. I have been so blessed during this training journey.

I'm going to get back to journaling all my food. Once my last BLC challenge was over, I really fell off the journaling bandwagon. Even if I burn 6500 calories on a ~6 hr run...the calories count. I need to journal.

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_MSAPRIL17_ 9/17/2009 3:11PM

    A journal is such a great idea! I need to get better at that too. I used to be very consistent with it, but not much anymore.

Great job on the training, it will be here before you know it!!!!

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JOANNDAVIS1 9/17/2009 12:51PM

    Wow! A marathon is very admirable. I keep starting and stopping (due to a foot injury) training for a 5K. A marathon would be awesome some time down the road.

Best of luck!

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ARPEDGIO 9/17/2009 11:37AM

    Wow! Good for you for training for a marathon. Is this your first one? I'm contemplating doing a half marathon next summer. So I have almost a year to train. Good thing... I've just started running a few weeks ago. First things first, I'm working on a 5K. How do you train? I'm working on intervals.

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D_K455 9/17/2009 11:32AM

    Good luck on your marathon

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Rising Above the Naysayers

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why is it that some folks feel that if you are new to running that you have to be excluded from training for certain events? That you just aren't 'that kind of runner' YET. That you just haven't had the time to build a base YET. That you really need to have more experience and you aren't there YET. It's no wonder that some folks can be so offended and discouraged that they do not push themselves (even in a smart way) to set a goal and meet it.

Now I am a stubborn person by nature. Don't tell me 'no you can't' because I will prove to you that I most certainly can. I don't care for exclusionary, cliq-like, shake-your-pom-poms-I-am-better-than-you drama. Leave it at the door. I am not on my journey to get fit and to be confident in myself and my achievements based on a book or a class or training. Scrap that. I doubt that many of the most famous persons ever went by a textbook to get to where they are today. They did it their way (as Frank Sinatra would put it).

It's fine to give advice, but wouldn't it be nice to encourage others? Wouldn't it be nice to tell them they can make it happen and not go by the book, but give some reminders/suggestions on how to make it happen despite what the textbooks say? Why poo-poo someone who has the motivation (and if you have lost and gained weight more than once...then you know how long it can take to be ready to commit and make it happen)?

I began running in March. Some firsts for me in my first year of running:

- ran my first 5k
- ran my first 8k
- ran my first half marathon

And in 39 days, I will run my first full marathon. In my first year as a runner. Could I run faster next year? Probably. Could I be stronger next year? Probably. Will some people say 'you really aren't a runner because you don't run the whole thing'....likely so. Do I care about the naysayers? No. But I don't like the message it sends to others. It isn't positive. It isn't supportive. It's 'you're doing it wrong and what do you know anyway?' Will it stop me? Well obviously not because look at me.

So remember this, my dear folks...if YOU want to achieve it, if it matters to YOU, and YOU have it in your heart and head that it is going to happen, then do all that you can (with care, of course) to see it through. Do not take 'no' for an answer because that book over there says so.

I chose the event that I did because of my pacing. The course would be open long enough for me to achieve my goal. I had a sense of the journey and the will and tenacity to make it happen. When you have that fire in your belly and the desire to do something...make it so! emoticon emoticon

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JENO0615 9/17/2009 11:17AM

    Awesome attitude!! Most forget all we are really doing is challenging ourselves, to be better, go faster, farther, and maybe someday win the race. Dont forget how great it felt to just finish the first time. Keep doing YOUR thing and you will accomplish your goals. emoticon

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KLSART 9/15/2009 9:00PM

    Julie, Good for you! I love your attitude and you're absolutely right. When I was a relatively new runner I mentioned to a few running people that I'd like to do a marathon. They actually laughed at me (this was in the early 90s when marathoning wasn't quite as popular as it is now), but still, I was SO SO mad. I thought, well I'll show you, and I did. You can absolutely do anything you set your mind to. I'm behind you 100%. Karen

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TAMTAM64 9/15/2009 1:17PM

    Julie - you are so RIGHT!! I have had the same experience as you... sort of... There is a 'hard core' running group in my area and I know some of them. I remember while training for my Half last year feeling inadequate because of some of the comments. But I kept at it mainly because of my spark buddies & some close friends. When I finished the half, one of these people came up to me to ask my time... I proudly said "2 hours & 30 minutes" and he laughed at me & said "my God, you are so slow". I just wanted to punch him where it would hurt the most - lol.

I think you are incredible!! I was never as brave as you to attempt a half marathon & especially a full marathon in my first year of running. You really inspire me!! Keep at it & keep it going!


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HARLEYSLP 9/15/2009 12:28PM

    You go girl!! I've been hearing the same things, "You're doing what!?" "Why not wait till next year to tackle such a big run?" "Are you sure you're ready?"

Yeah, I'm ready and I know you are too! The best of luck goes out to you as you finish the race in your time, doing things your own way!

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JOYINRUNNING08 9/15/2009 11:30AM

    I don't know what got you all riled up, but I LIKE it!!! Yeah. Good work.

Some people like to keep others down just so they feel like they're above them. I don't know if this is the case in your situation, but you prove "them" wrong. You run circles around them and laugh as you pass.

Keep the fire burning!

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SMA123 9/15/2009 10:07AM

    Fabulous attitude. You go for it!

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SHANA1973 9/15/2009 9:51AM

    Awesome blog! I love it! I am so proud of you, my dear friend. love you bunches!

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