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Gained 10 pounds! Grr!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Besides having limited time to train for Grandma's Marathon, I have gained approximately 10 pounds since the first week of February. Specifically, my weight has gone from 157.6 (February) to 165.6 (today).

I think gaining the weight and seeing my weight continuously creep up bothers me the most. Maybe mentally I wasn't as prepared as I thought to train. I say this because I used my training was my excuse to overeat.

So, I am setting my training aside and going to try to focus on losing these pounds. I want to be able to say with no but attached that I have lost 100#. I want to be under 160 again.

In fact, I started tracking yesterday. I was over 2500 calories when my range is 1300-1600. emoticon No wonder my weight is creeping up. I cannot eat more than I burn off! So, here I am, going back to the basics... tracking and strength training 3x a week. By the way, I ordered my lifting gloves today.

Overtime, I want to work on getting my Half Marathon time down to 2:30. Currently, I am around 3:00. So, I might be implementing some speedwork as I maintain my running base!

In summary, these are my April goals to work on getting back under 160.

-Maintain running base to be able to run long runs of 10 miles or more
-Track everything (Laura you have inspired me to do this again!)
-Strength train 3x a week

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JPGSMOM 4/5/2012 8:54PM

    Savannah- I have believed in your abilities even before you started this journey. Give yourself a pat on the back and appreciate yourself for all that you've given to yourself. And for all you've given others. You have inspired me to start taking charge of my life, just as you have taken charge of yours. Just like we talked about last weekend, not a day goes by that this is ever "easy". I know you will be able to get back into your goal weight zone again. Think of it this way, it shows tremendous growth that you are recognizing this now and are revved to do something about it. I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!

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MSDIAMOND600 4/5/2012 11:16AM

    Clean eating, dieting, staying motivated and determination. You can do it!!!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 4/5/2012 11:03AM

    Mango, just read this blog and your previous one. I wanted to share my story with you - I have been running regularly since 1996. I never had the desire to run a marathon, but after I finished grad school in 2002 and had a little more free time, I thought I *should* sign up for one. I started training and I had the same issues as you did - finding the time to train, saying "no" to social stuff, and compounding that was the fact that back then, there were no Garmins, no SparkPeople, no Runner's World forums and no online mileage mapping systems. I hated every step of my training. I was beyond relieved when the organizers cancelled the marathon.

I told myself at that point that I would not even think about training for a marathon unless I felt it was something that I would enjoy. I didn't even enter a race for another 5 years! Because you know what? You can be a runner without entering races or running marathons. My dad has been running for 45 years and has never run farther than 13 miles (and that was on his own - he's never raced farther than a 10k).

Anyway, in 2009, I suddenly felt *ready* to train for a marathon and ran my first in January 2010. Just as I had suspected, when I was mentally ready, everything else fell into place. Training was something I looked forward to instead of dreading and the whole experience was really great.

So, I would suggest to you that if your heart is not in it, defer your marathon training until you feel that it is something you will truly enjoy. What is the point of running a marathon if it just makes you hate running?!

Finally, as to weight gain, my suggestion is that if and when you do train for a marathon, give yourself a LONG time (I took 10 months) and increase your mileage gradually. I found that the extra mileage had no impact on my appetite (in fact, I lost weight while training) because the mileage increases were so small, my body had time to adapt. Also, try to eat or drink something with a 3 or 4:1 carb:protein ratio shortly after your run. I like a Hammer product called Recoverite, but anything with that ratio will do. It helps you to recover while satisfying your hunger.


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XRSIZE18 4/4/2012 8:45PM

    I think I'm going to join your tracking bandwagon. It's such an easy thing to let slide! One minute you're like, 'Oh I know how to eat healthy portions' and the next the scale is telling you 'Not really. Haha!' Mean scales.... grumble grumble.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/4/2012 6:10PM

    You've got this, Savannah. I know you will kick those pounds to the curb and reach your goals. I suspect I will always need to track my food to keep a handle on my eating, personally. I do not trust myself to use wisdom if it isn't getting written down! Great plan and goals; you can do it!

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LISAINMS 4/4/2012 5:18PM

    You will knock that off in no time with that plan. Good job recognizing what was happening!

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MARIE-STRONG 4/4/2012 3:42PM

    emoticon I admire your determination!

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SHERYLDS 4/4/2012 3:12PM

    if anyone can do it...I know you can
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NATPLUMMER 4/4/2012 2:17PM

    Good plan...that should get you back down under 160.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/4/2012 1:19PM

    My dear Savannah:

I am proud of you. You have confronted the belly of the beast, identified what need to be done, formulated your plan, and I've no doubt you'll follow that plan and get back to where you want to be.

Maintenance is a process that truely never ends and complaceney is the huge archnemesis.

That's why I still weigh and measure. I was blowing it.



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ON2VICTORY 4/4/2012 12:55PM

    mentally that stuff can really destroy your motivation. you caught it and you can totally get a grip on it. it is not the end of the world. imagine my shock when i got back from my vacation (after my marathon no less) and found that I had gained 10 lbs as well. I even let a week go by after I got home to make sure it just wasnt water weight from all of the eating out. The weight stuck for about 2 months then began to feather down again as I got back to a normal routine ( whatever than means in my upside down world).

its tough... been there, done that...bumper sticker..OWNED.

All I can say is you are not the only one and dont let it throw you, feel the feelings but then roll with the punch.

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To Do Grandma's Marathon or Not...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

For the last few weeks, I have been pondering if I really want to run Grandma's Marathon. Every week I ask myself the same thing: "When am I going to run the long run?"

In fact, I have tried blogging about it. The response I get is that training has to take priority. I get what you are saying. Fitness has to take priority. But, so does the rest of my life. Like my college classes. Or the three jobs I have. Other priorities, like friends and family, I can rearrange. But, college classes and jobs has to take some precent over my running at times.

So, back to having time commitment issues. When am I going to do long runs? I work every Saturday from 1-7 pm. So, EVERY Saturday I stress about completing my runs. Is this really necessary? Shouldn't training be fun?

In fact, since I started training, I feel like there are all these rules I have to follow which has sucked the fun out of it. It's like every time I want to try something new, there is someone there saying, "You can't, you're training." Well, if that is the case, I don't want to train anymore. I want to have fun. I want to try new things, like rock climbing, like kettlebells, like cardio kickboxing.

Today when I talked to my parents and sisters about it, I cried. It's like I am giving up on me. Like they said, I am not quitting, I am delaying it. So true! Maybe this year is not the year. Yes, I wanted to run 26.2 miles the year I turned 26. Yes, I wanted to run before I graduated and moved away. But,
maybe it's not meant to be ran in 2012. Maybe God has another plan for me.

So, this is alot of food for thought. What have I decided? Absolutely nothing.

I do know these things.

I cannot defer Grandma's Marathon entry.
I cannot get my refunded for my registration.
I can volunteer at a water spot at the Grandma's Marathon (around mile 19).
I cannot downgrade my entry to a half marathon.
I could potentially get a half marathon entry from my running group that I coach for, if they have one left.

So, I think this is the plan as of tonight. Tomorrow it might change.

Continue to follow my training program. Talk to the interns about staying late. See if I get the Half Marathon entry. If I can, great! If I cannot, than I will continue to train trying to make the schedule work. If it doesn't, to not stress about a missed run. Closer to the race, make a final decision about running the full marathon. If I decide not to run the race, I hope to volunteer at water spot my college sponsors. I have never volunteered at a race and it might be an interesting experience.

So, folks, there you have... what is going on with me and Grandma's Marathon.

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IPA-RAY 4/3/2012 3:26PM

    You don't have to decide now, right? I'd be inclined to wait a while and see how April goes.

I've done many marathons and I think Grandma's was one of my favorite courses. So quiet at the start and lake Superior really is superior! If Duluth was closer, I'd have done it a few more times.


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1CRAZYDOG 4/3/2012 2:28PM

    Awwww, it is frustrating, but unfortunately it IS necessary sometimes to prioritize and things don't get done the way we'd want them or in the time fram we want them to happen. I really can't offer you advice about what to do re: this particular marathon, but seems like you've gotten at least a few good suggestions.

HUGS, and hang in there.


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KKINNEA 4/3/2012 2:25PM

    The goal is out there, whether you complete it this year or next. Either way, you need to do what you feel best about and don't feel like you've failed - you haven't!

Whether we start this year or next year together, whether you're my friendly face at mile 19 or whether we meet at the end after you finish the half and after I finish the full, we'll get something done at Grandmas!

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/3/2012 2:18PM

    I can't believe they won't let you change to a 1/2 vs the full? Sounds pretty rude to me... keep the money, but let you run the 1/2

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/3/2012 2:13PM

    I hear you on this! I am registered to do my first full in June, and I have NOT gotten in the long runs that I need to in order to be fully ready. Listen to your heart and your body; do what brings you JOY and try not to stress about it. The good thing is you don't have to make a final decision about this today or tomorrow, and you do have options--volunteering would be a great thing to do if you don't feel ready for the full or get a spot in the half. If a marathon is something you really want to do, you'll get there eventually, whether it's this year or another year.


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NATPLUMMER 4/3/2012 12:49PM

    If training for the marathon is creating so much stress and anxiety for you, don't do it this year.
I know how much it sucks not being able to defer or get refunded (I have two very expensive technical t-shirts from the 2 HMs I couldn't do last year).
Do the runs you can. There will be other opportunities to run a marathon.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 4/3/2012 11:32AM

  When I had the honor of attending a seminar last summer led by running coach and exercise physiologist, Greg McMillan, he mentioned this is exact deal. That when training for a big event like a marathon, not only must you commit to the training, but the recovery as well.

That being said, I registered for Chicago in 2010 a year after I ran it, but when it came time to reaching past mile 16, the heat and time involved was too much. I decided there would be plenty of other opportunities. It was a tough decision, but one that I will NEVER regret.

I wish you well, Savannah with whatever decision you make. Just know we're all here to support you!!!


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MYLADY4 4/3/2012 11:00AM

    I agree, it should be fun, if it ain't fun, I don't do it.

There is nothing wrong in realizing that this may not be the year. I do not think I could ever do a full marathon since I know that I just cannot make that time commitment that it would take to make sure that I was doing the best that I could at it.

I think that if you ran it and you did not have fun at it or do as well as you would have liked, you would be so disappointed in yourself and beat yourself up because you did not train hard enough for it and that's not what it should be about.

That would be great if you could get into the half and I think you would have fun volunteering at it.

I am hopefully going to try and get in and do the half next year up there since I have some friends from Duluth who are going to run it next year. Technically I should wait till 2014 since I will turn 40 a week after the race. Then I would be at the bottom of my age group and feel a bit better about placing. I cannot compete against 30 year olds and next year!!!

What ever decision you make, you know everyone will support you.

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WOMANOBRONZE 4/3/2012 10:51AM

    ...or consider run/walking the marathon. If you're already running 10 miles on your long runs now, you're already fit enough to alternate running a mile with walking a mile for the full 26.2 mile distance.

Now, you'd still have to do your long run/walks in preparation for Grandma's - but you'd be run/walking them and they wouldn't beat you up nearly as much. Also, if you had to miss a couple weeks because of work, family, classes, illness, it wouldn't put you behind since your fitness level is already high enough to run/walk the marathon.

Think about it - you'd get to enjoy the marathon you've paid for, yet still have the goal of "running" a full marathon (or qualifying for the Boston marathon) on your bucket list.

Either way, running and exercise should be our refuge from stress not the cause of it. Trust in yourself to make a good decision, then go out and have fun! You're working so darn hard in the other areas of your life it makes my head spin just thinking about it!!

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BAM0827 4/3/2012 8:56AM

    While long runs don't need to be on Saturdays it doesn't seem like you have one whole day off during the week between work and school- I think the long run should be on that day. While you could probably get up and run before working at 1 - who wants to work 8 hours after running 18 miles? Heck, all I'd want to do is sleep.

Maybe your new goal is 26.2 by the time you're 30. I think that's reasonable. There's always going to be races to register for - so don't stress about doing this one. Running and reaching your goals should be enjoyable - it doesn't sound like it is for you right now.

What Spark has taught many of us - there is no one way of doing things. We learn to adapt and find out what is best for us at this moment in time. If we have a plan and need a new one - we make one. Nothing wrong with that!

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BUDRFLY31 4/3/2012 8:46AM

    Try run/walking. If you are competitive in nature, it won't come easy. Think it of it as a training run for one "real" to come in the future. Just an idea.

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    I didn't run my first marathon until I was 48 and the only obligation I really had was work.

It is a VERY time-consuming commitment. Frankly, it DID sap the fun out of running for me for about a year. And, it changed my body completely...aches & pains, bone structure, tendons, and metabolism.

That's not to say it wasn't worth it. I don't regret it for a moment. But, don't beat yourself up. Its a very challenging mental and physical endeavor that can be dangerous if you don't prepare well. .

You should only approach when all in your world is aligned.

Since you paid the as much of the course as you've trained for, and then walk the rest. Nothing wrong with that at all. And it will give you a preview experience.

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/3/2012 3:56AM

    if only there were fifty-six hours in a day!

i have similar problems, conflicting interests.
i'm holding about five jobs in a field i have about a week's training for, so i'm trying to make up for that by studying: sit, sit, sit, computer, computer, computer-- which i also have no training for.
i used to work in a field i have years of training for, but not the body: dance, dance, dance. exercise, move, imagination.
plus loads of other activities i'd like to be engaging in: paint, read about the history of the area, follow what's going on in the world, ...
and keep this house clean, with all the animals in it, plus get a grip on all the paperwork. hey, i'm only one person!
in my next life i'll be an octopus.

so crazy, close your eyes, what do you see yourself doing?
then go for it. a bit of patience, you might even be able to fulfill all of these dreams, but not all at once.

go savannah!

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XRSIZE18 4/3/2012 2:28AM

    I think you're right on the money, Savannah. If you're not feeling like this is the right time to run the marathon - then don't! I know that I, personally, won't work out if I find it monotonous or stressful. Do what you love and never make it so that it turns into a chore. You'll run your marathon - it just might not be this year. It wouldn't be good for you if you decided to push yourself just to prove a point and wound up injuring yourself.

Bottom line is, YOU know what's best for YOU. From reading some of your past blogs, you've learned this a long time ago. So just listen to your OWN voice and follow it.

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    Enjoy your run! You've entered.
Life is for living NOT enduring.
Give what you can and you won't be cheating yourself of your Year 26 ideal or the life you're living.
Most of all enjoy the run!

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Long Run Completed Out of Town!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Today, I am feeling like hot stuff, hehe!

First, I lifted THREE times this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I haven't done that in a long time! So, I am going to say it myself. Way to go, Savannah!

The third time that I lifted this week was actually out of town. Currently, I am visiting my sisters and yesterday I was determined to do my lifting. After some juggling, I did it! emoticon

I told myself if I did it three times this week, I'd let myself purchase some pink lifting gloves. So, I am now on the prowl for some girly, fierce lifting gloves. Darn it, I earned them!

Secondly, I was nervous about doing my long runs out of town. My family has good intentions but sometimes my exercise gets squeezed out. Well, not this weekend!

I did a 2.4 mile walk with the my sister, her husband and two kids. I ran/walked it. Than, my sister and I biked while I ran. We did 4.31 miles. Than, I went by myself and completed 5.39 miles. For a grand total, over 12 miles. The goal was 10 miles.

Lastly, tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 26. Strangely enough, I am not really celebrating. In the past, my friends make plans with me and in the end disappoint me. So more and more, I am leaning away from it. This is the year where I am basically celebrating my health. Basically, on June 26th, I am running 26.2 miles for me! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/1/2012 9:55PM

  Hi Savannah.........
emoticon on a great workout!!!!!! Also, you were a great example for your sister and her family.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! How fun to be born on April 1st. I hope it was a fun day for you.
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EJOY-EVELYN 3/31/2012 10:28PM

    You're workouts are wonderfully on fire, girlfriend! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Savannah, Happy Birthday to you!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/31/2012 7:56PM

    Way to go. You sure did earn pink, frilly, fierce lifting gloves!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/31/2012 7:18PM

    emoticon Way to go, Savannah!!
Happy early Birthday!!

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MYLADY4 3/31/2012 6:39PM

    That is fabulous.

Did you find your pink gloves?

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RJSAMS 3/31/2012 5:09PM

    Woot, good for you! You are making yourself a priority, grest job. And happy birthday!

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LISAINMS 3/31/2012 4:54PM

    Great job getting all those miles in while out of town! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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My Campus Interview

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just a quick blog because I am trying to get to the gym before class to work out!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned having an article written about me. Here it is!

Have a great day!

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GINGER_BEAR 3/29/2012 9:40AM

    Great write up... emoticonon all your accomplishments and I wish you much success in your new career!

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XRSIZE18 3/29/2012 3:20AM

    What a great story. Brings me back to my days at the Stinger - or the Promethean as it was called then. Sniff*

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CIVIAV 3/28/2012 5:57PM

    So neat. Thanks for sharing it with us...

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2012 5:50PM

    The Girl with the Phoenix Tattoo...I love it!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/28/2012 5:49PM

  Hi Savannah..........
What an emoticon article about one of the emoticon emoticons I have met on this site.
Who wouldn't want you as their Personal are proof of what can happen when you stick with your program and attain your goals. I am VERY proud of YOU.

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/28/2012 4:04PM

    Emily did a good job with the article. Rock climbing is something on my list, too. The Adventures of The Girl With the Phoenix Tattoo! RISE UP! LOL!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/28/2012 3:27PM

    Well done, Savannah! Your interviewer wrote and represented your story well . . . leaving us wanting more. I hope your class is well attended. So good to see such a fine feel-good story (versus the sensational).

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2012 2:46PM

    Awwwww man, blubbering with pride! What a wonderful article. Well, that's becuase YOU are wonderful!!

So glad they recognized your talents and specialness.


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TYKXBOY 3/28/2012 2:21PM

    woo!!! nice article! That is very awesome!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/28/2012 2:00PM

    Absolutely fantastic!!!
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BAILEYS7OF9 3/28/2012 1:44PM

    What an emoticonwrite up! emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/28/2012 1:21PM

    That was awesome.

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LISAINMS 3/28/2012 1:17PM

    Congratulations on a wonderful article!

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KKINNEA 3/28/2012 12:50PM

    Fabulous article!! I hope you're getting a lot of business from it!

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SHERYLDS 3/28/2012 12:40PM

    WOW inspiring....but we knew that.
That is some first time seeing it close up.

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Marathon Training Worries

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Yesterday was a rough day. Many things are swirling in my pretty little head but one that maybe you guys could help me with is my marathon training.

Recently, I have been really worrying and stressing about it for many reasons.
The hugest for me is having enough TIME. The week before my half marathon my runs (and other workouts) got squeezed out of my life. I could do morning workouts but honestly, I have never been successful in those.

I am stressing about my long runs. Ironically, not about the distance. Okay, 20 miles is scary but 13 was too. I will cross that bridge when I get to it! But, I am worried about time. Time to do it! There are at LEAST three weekends that are packed full with obligations. Two in April and one in May.

And, it's not just those weekends. Most weekend I am stressing when to do my runs. Saturdays would be ideal to do my long runs so I have the day of rest before going back to classes on Monday. But, Saturdays are packed. I work every Saturday 1-7 pm. Basically, this means getting up and on the road at 7 am. I am NO morning runner!

I asked my boss to only schedule me two days a week and now I want to ask her to not schedule me on Saturdays. I could offer my hours to the interns who need hours. But, eventually, I might be hurting for the money. *sigh*

And, when I am not worried about that. I am worried about when to strength train. I trained with my personal trainer on Friday and a still sore today. It sure doesn't make me want to run!

Well, enough about my worries. Off to run/walk with XRSIZE18.

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RUNNER12COM 3/26/2012 2:32PM

    And you spark'd this blog entry of my own:


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RJSAMS 3/26/2012 1:20PM

    Marathon training is definitely a time commitment. I have found that I have to work in the morning exercise--otherwise the rest of life just crowds in and takes over. I am not a morning person either, but I have come to like it (or at least, not hate it.)

Think of that time as a commitment to yourself and schedule appointments just like you would other appts. It may not be ideal, but splitting the long runs into two sessions might also be an option--you'll get the miles, just not the consecutive time on your feet, which I know is important.

Good luck!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/26/2012 1:01PM

    I'm struggling with the same thing, finding enough time on the weekends for the length runs I know I need if I am going to do a full marathon. Do your best and remember that training plans are just that--plans, not law. Evaluate your overall training and fitness, and do your best to make time for what you know your body needs to be ready.

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JENN03275 3/26/2012 12:55PM

    Time is often a factor in my life as well. It is often hard to squeeze it in. I know for me personally that I need to let up on myself and work my workouts in when I can. Run during or between football practice and a quick stop at the gym. I work 40 hours and my boys have 7days of commitments.

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KKINNEA 3/26/2012 12:42PM

    I think someone else mentioned this too but if you move your long run to another day, that's my recommendation. It's obviously more difficult now with our lovely northern weather and still shorter days but you can then relax knowing you've at least gotten your long run in - the most important one in my book!

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RUNNER12COM 3/26/2012 12:33PM

    Two things. One, you will find the time you need. I don't know how, but it will happen. It just works out that way. Two, you WILL be ready. Your training plan is just a plan, not a "minimal requirements" list. Trust in your overall fitness and focus on the finish!

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KJDOESLIFE 3/26/2012 12:30PM

    I'm training for my first marathon. I have bridal showers (for friends), family functions, volleyball tournaments, home remodels, tests to study for, etc. Marathon training comes first. My BF knows this, my family knows this, and most importantly, I know this! Prioritize - if marathon training isn't a priority for you, then drop down to the half so you have more time for your runs. This Saturday, I'll be up and running 18 miles so I can shower and drive an hour to a bridal shower for my friend at 1pm. I'm not a morning person, but if that means being out the door at 7am or earlier, so be it. Besides, the race starts at 7am - I'll be up WAAY earlier for that!

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CINERICIA 3/26/2012 8:43AM

    You've already received plenty of good advice, but allow me to add my two cents.

You talked about having weekends packed with obligations. And that's fantastic. (I hope.) But this marathon thing is important to you. Important enough that perhaps you should consider training an obligation as well. I don't want to suggest sucking all the fun out of running by turning it into a chore. But scheduling yourself time to complete your training as you would for any other appointment or "need to do" task may help you get where you want to go.

Best wishes. I'm pulling for you.

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XRSIZE18 3/26/2012 5:58AM

    Had a great time on our walk. Like I said - you can do this! You've got tenacity and you didn't lose all that weight by NOT being able to commit to something. Make yourself a priority again! :)

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WOMANOBRONZE 3/25/2012 9:21PM

    If you live where summers are hot (like above 70degF), one long run in the sun will turn you into an early AM runner (well, it did me, anyway).

For me, it was more important to have the rest of the day free to rest after my long run than it was to have the next day open.

I hope you can find a single day in your schedule where all you do is get your run in (and maybe get the laundry done, too).

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MAGGIE101857 3/25/2012 5:10PM

    This is a struggle for all of us, it seems! I am an early morning exerciser and on the days when I have to rush, I know it is not going to get done when I finally get home. That kills me! So I try and get them done. I do use a calendar to figure out the week/month ahead, and although I may miss something, when you can look back over a month or two, you will see that you are really going to be okay!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/25/2012 4:10PM

    Well, wish I had a solution for you. Time management is always difficult.

How lucky that you're running with XRSIZE18! Cheer each other on!

All I can tell you is you'll do it. When does school end for you? That will be when things start to fall into place a little more, hopefully. At least it did for me.



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FOLGORE 3/25/2012 12:47PM

  Hi. I have a number of marathons under my belt. My recommendation to you is to pop out monthly calendars from now until the day of the marathon. Figure that you want to do your last long run no later than three weeks before the marathon to give your body time to recover. Mark not only those days that are bad for running but also mark those days that are generally good for running. Weigh your decisions accordingly. Remember, there is no law that requires you to do your long run during the weekend. If Wednesday is your easiest day, then so be it. Of all the components of your marathon training, that long run is the most indispensable so make fitting that in your top priority. All other elements of your training can be stuck in where convenient (though I wouldn't do any speedwork the day after a long run).


Sal AKA folgore

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MYLADY4 3/25/2012 11:49AM

    I have the same concerns about ST. I know it is a must but how much and if it is too much you are too sore to run effectively.

All I can suggest it to make calendars and schedule all of you training days and if you have the flexibility to fill in your other obligations around that. I like having a schedule and HATE it when it gets thrown off.

I agree with Natalie and maybe make Sunday's your long run day and take Monday as a rest day.

Hope you find that balance.

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REDSHOES2011 3/25/2012 11:32AM

    The lifestyle change is about getting healthy not stressing yourself about achieving marathons.. If you don't look efter your health, all the stressing and marathons are a waste of time..

If you can't make marathons why stress about it.. Life is choices not utopia..

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/25/2012 11:25AM

    Time... the ultimate scare resource. Hang in there. I have enough trouble training to walk the half... because training walking distance takes LONGER than training running. My joints won't take it as total running, though, thus the half.

I actually dialed back the ST, as part of my need to conserve time. Will have to pick it up again after the half, as I prep for the tri.

Hope you figure out your time puzzle! Does your marathon offer the option to drop back to the half?

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NATPLUMMER 3/25/2012 11:12AM

    I'm sore from my ST on Friday, too but will be heading out for a run when my husband gets up.
Perhaps Sundays are your best bet for long runs. If you are taking them slow enough, you should be recovered for the week ahead.

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