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So. Um. Yeah. I ran a marathon last weekend :)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

My first 26.2...done!

I traveled to Florida over Thanksgiving weekend to run the Space Coast Marathon with many of my running buddies, including a handful of Sparkers. It was quite the experience! I'm admit it, I was quite nervous during the race, and in the last 6-7 miles and the couple of hours after, I wondered what on earth I had done to myself! But, in the end, I'm incredibly proud and glad that I did this. And I'm definitely on board with doing more in the future. Here are links to the race recap, in two parts.

The day before:
onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com/20
11/11/t-1-day.html


Race day:
onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com/20
11/11/race-report-space-coast-marathon
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I did it! I'm a MARATHONER!

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K__IERRA123 1/9/2012 3:07PM

    Way to go!

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GIG2128 1/9/2012 2:41PM

    Congrats! That is awesome!

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KKINNEA 12/9/2011 11:01AM

    Woohoo congrats!!

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WONDERJUL 12/5/2011 11:38PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed your blogs!
Congratulations on an awesome first marathon!

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IMARUNR 12/5/2011 11:46AM

    Way to go and so sad I missed meeting you!

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PHDMAMA06 12/5/2011 11:33AM

    Becki - I was just crazy nervous!! I definitely remember you, but when we met up, I was just in a fog. SORRY!! Thanks so much for your support :0)

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REDFOXTROT2 12/5/2011 11:04AM

    Way to go! YOU ROCK!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 12/5/2011 11:02AM

    Congratulations!!! It was good to see you at Space Coast. I spoke to you, but I don't think you knew who I was... or you were just REALLY nervous. I know exactly how you felt, though. I was so nervouse before my first, someone had to help me pin my bib number on because my hands were shaking so badly! LOL

Way to go, Marathoner!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/5/2011 10:58AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You've come so far & now you are a marathoner! You should be so proud of this amazing achievement!

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/5/2011 10:32AM

    So proud of you!!!!!



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ACTIVE_AT_60 12/5/2011 6:27AM

    Congrats. You have now done what less than 4% of Americans have done - ran a marathon and can call yourself a marathoner.

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PRINCESSNURSE 12/5/2011 4:17AM

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ROOT4HOME 12/4/2011 11:04PM

    Congratulations Christina!!! You ARE a marathoner and I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon

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BEYONDLIMITS 12/4/2011 12:43PM

    Good for you! And you lived through it to write a blog ...

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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/4/2011 10:55AM

    What a great account of your first race! Thanks so much for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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FLGIRL1234 12/4/2011 8:46AM

    That's simply amazing! Congrats!

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IMSMILEY88 12/4/2011 8:41AM

    Congrats! That's terrific!

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SEABREEZE65 12/4/2011 6:54AM

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment!

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SLIMLILA 12/4/2011 12:41AM

    emoticonWhat an amazing accomplishment!

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LAURIE5658 12/3/2011 8:46PM

    No words can convey just how proud I am of you. You know that I watch you like a hawk and analyze every move you make. I have learned alot from you. You and I have several opportunities to run again in 2012 and that means the world to me. Thank you for being YOU! Quirkiness and all!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sweet!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 12/3/2011 4:26PM

    Congrats!! I'm so glad I was able to meet you. What an amazing accomplishment!


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Two weeks until marathon #1

Monday, November 14, 2011

Howdy...it's been a while since I've written a SparkPeople post, but I'm still in the land of the living. I am blogging daily over at onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com, but can get a bit lazy about copying my posts over to this site. Forgive me :)

What's up with me...

Going on this post title, I am now just under two weeks away from my first full marathon, Space Coast on November 27! I have been training very carefully and conservatively for it, and finished my very last long run, 23.2 miles, over the weekend:

onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com/20
11/11/t-15-days.html


I had been feeling quite nervous about my ability to complete such a distance, not so much because of the physical challenge, but more because of the mental demands. During my 23 miler, my biggest obstacle, surprisingly was BOREDOM! I can definitely see why people often tackle marathon training in groups, since at least that gives them people to talk to! Hopefully this won't be such an issue with the race itself, though, since I'll have a nice change of scenery (the beach!!) and lots of running companions. Although I'm keeping a completely open mind about future plans, I can definitely see that marathon training isn't something I'll do terribly often, maybe just once a year, if that. (Given the right circumstances, my mind could always be changed...but I'm thinking the half is generally going to be my favored distance.)

Space Coast is my last organized race of 2011, but then I'll be kicking of 2012 with a big bang, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge at Disney World! After Goofy, I'll be laying sort of low for a while, but I have a handful of half marathons and a sprint triathlon picked out for 2012. I have all but retired from the 5K/10K business, other than the occasional Disney one or if my friends are running one. They're just not my scene.

I've gotten a little lazy with food tracking and making good nutrition-related choices, but I'm getting back into tracking my food (yet again) and hopefully that will do the trick.

Other than that, work is keeping me quite busy right now, but hopefully I'll get a nice break in the action in time for the holidays and all of my big racing plans!

  
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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/17/2011 9:49PM

    "During my 23 miler, my biggest obstacle, surprisingly was BOREDOM!"

THAT"S IT!!!!

I ran in Baltimore. At mile 16 I got thoroughly BORED! I did hit the wall very soon after that at mile 18, but I finished. That was my last long run for training but I got a medal anyway.

Then I ran the Savannah RnR on 11/5. This time I stayed fed with gels and bars. I never hit the wall. But I got thoroughly BORED! at mile 16.

Hmmm

Maybe fatigue is not my problem, maybe it's ADHD that will keep me from full marathons.

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MARATHON_MOM 11/15/2011 10:27AM

    Congratulations on completing your training! Enjoy your taper! I'll see you at Space Coast!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/14/2011 2:07PM

    Hooray for your very first marathon! I am looking to tackle one early next year. Good to know about the boredom since I'm more worried about the distance itself. That sounds like a FUN event.

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/14/2011 1:43PM

    I SOOOO can't wait to see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LAURIE5658 11/14/2011 1:40PM

    Dopey huh? I have always tried to keep up wuith you, but seriously...you are starting to get in way over my head LOL.

That is why I want to train with a group next summer/Fall as the boredom factor weighs heavily in the back of my mind. I can get bored with 13 milers for crying out loud. Not the actual HM's themselves but the training runs.

Wea re starting to pack for Disney and we leave NEXT Monday late afternoon at 5:30pm and fly through Atlanta (Delta) getting to MCO at 11:30pm next Monday. We are taking Dad and Carol his friend with us. Usually Dad drives but thought this would be much much easier.

Two weeks from yesterday is it!!!!!!!! See you then!

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FUNFROG79 11/14/2011 1:32PM

    Sounds like you are right on track!

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Race Report: Haunted Hustle Half Marathon 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I've been laying low on SP for a while...life has been crazy busy and way too much has been going on. But I'm still at it with my running, as usual! This weekend, I ran my 11th half marathon and final half of 2011, the Haunted Hustle Half Marathon in Middleton. This was the very race which qualified me for Half Fanatics this time last year. I had the pleasure of running with Spark buddies Laurie, Emily, and Elsa (who qualified herself for HF with this race!! YAY!) and it was amazing! It was my slowest half marathon on record, but such a special one because it allowed me to celebrate the running friendships which mean so much to me. And next up...my last race of 2011 and first ever FULL marathon, Space Coast Marathon on November 27! I'm nervous as anything, but also know that I'm going into it well-prepared and ready to go...so GAME ON!

onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com/20
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ICAN86 11/17/2011 5:04PM

    I'm going to be there for the half marathon!!! AAh so excited for you :) Your first Marathon is an epic milestone! I hope to try a full in the next two years.


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MOMONTHERUN1 11/2/2011 11:49AM

    You did great! Looks like you and your friends had an awesome time together and I love that you are all smiling in the pictures. CONGRATS!!!!

Lianne

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LAURIE5658 11/2/2011 11:03AM

    RB, in regards to life's crap and you know what i am talking about...things are truly looking up for me and Jim and our situation. It is my hope and wish that you will feel relief soon too. I am here for you.

Haunted Hustle...what a hoot!

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ROOT4HOME 11/2/2011 9:25AM

    LOVED reading your Blog!!!! I'm so glad you got to run w/Laurie and Emily to let it all out and just have fun! Makes me wish I didn't go on ahead...you guys sounded like you had too much fun w/o me! Seriously, it was great seeing you again! I hope, like I said at the start line, that this race is the turning pt and things improve from here on out! Big hugs my friend and looking forward to hearing how Space Coast goes and running w/you again next May!!!! (if not sooner...you never know!) emoticon emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/2/2011 8:33AM

    You've got this! Way to go! I'm glad you had a fun time with the girls at the race!

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Goofy 23.2/Space Coast Marathon 1.2

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Friday night, I encountered something I hadn't experienced in quite a while, honest-to-goodness, full-blown pre-race-day jitters! I've run many 5K, a couple of 10K, and plenty of half marathons, but when faced with my first-ever group bike ride, I'm about as frightened and self-conscious as I was the night before my first 5K. Would I look like a total poser among all the "real" cyclists? I took a training run to burn off some steam, but many of those lingering "whatifs" remained. Ah, the great unknown!

onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com/20
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Goofy 23.1/Space Coast Marathon 1.1

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Getting caught up on training blogs post-Disney. It definitely has felt a bit strange to transition back from the magic of Disney World to ordinary run-of-the-mill Wisconsin LOL! Thankfully the weather has been absolutely dreamy this week, so that's made it a lot easier. It is a bit bizarre to have 70-80 degree weather and see the leaves changing colors though. We did make it home in one piece, although Timmy had a bit of a painful mishap in the airport parking lot (he's fine though). I am now shifting gears more towards marathon training, although I've been gradually moving in that direction over the last couple of weeks. I am running Space Coast 26.2 in late November, and that will serve as a training run for January 2012...very SCARED but excited! Thursday night, I enjoyed a typical weeknight run, 5.5 miles around my usual stomping grounds.

onegoofymotherrunner.blogspot.com/20
11/10/goofy-231.html


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LAURIE5658 10/9/2011 12:21AM

    RB, good grief! It even happend to your Mom and Timmy! Has your family ever considered investing in Bandaid stocks?

Let the training seriously begin and amy the stalking of RB commence!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/8/2011 6:52PM

    You will love Space Coast - excited I get to meet you earlier than January.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/8/2011 6:09PM

    I'll be at the Space Coast race as well! I'll be running the half. We will have several sparker's represented at that race!! I look forward to meeting you.

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