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Week 1, Day 1 of Marathon Training!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today I started training for my next and 3rd full Marathon, the Kiawah Island Marathon. It's on Dec. 8th in South Carolina. I chose this one because of it's flat and scenic course, and since it's near my Grandmother, she will get to see me do a race. My goal is to qualify for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

After having crazy symptoms like problems breathing, I've spent the past few months being poked and prodded by doctors and labs to figure out what's wrong. After eliminating everything from Pulmonary to Gastrointestinal to heart and all else, looks like it's simply ANXIETY. Me??? Have anxiety??? Isn't that stress? I don't lead a stressful life by any means. But I learned that anxiety is very different from stress. Here's my personal conclusion about this. Since it started happening in January, I really think I was pressuring myself to qualify for the Boston Marathon, even if unconsciously. As my training time began to approach, I found I was literally terrified to start running. I'm such an overachiever. I'm used to reaching every goal I set, I'm not used to failure and I think it scares me.

So I had two choices:
1) Forget trying to qualify for Boston and just enjoy running races. Challenge with this: I'll forever wonder if I could have...
2) Go for it and see what happens with no major expectations. The old saying "you never know until you try."

I've opted for #2 but going into it with a new attitude. Doctor gave me some meds, bur I don't plan to stay on them and he doesn't want me to. He just wanted to see if it helped with my symptoms which it has. I'm definitely not too proud or embarrassed to get some therapy and fortunately it's free through our insurance. I'm all about fixing it, not just treating it!

With all that said, I found a training plan that works for me. It's the Less is More plan where I will only run 3 days a week, a speed drill, a tempo and a long run. The plan actually starts next Monday, but I figured I'd start this week with 17 weeks to go.

So today I did Speed Drill, 6 x 400. That means 6 repeats of 1/4 mile at a fast pace. The schedule said to use your 10k pace minus 55-60 seconds. I hadn't raced a 10k in a long time, so I put in my time from my best Half Marathon (Rock n Roll St. Pete in Feb) and found my 10k pace which was 7:58. So I was to do 6 x 400 at 6:58, something I'd never done. And I haven't been running much over the summer (too hot), so I know I'm not in the best shape for it. But had to give it a shot!

Did a one mile warm up at a 12:00 pace, then I started the 400 at 6:58 which is 8.6 mph on my treadmill. I got through it. I would do a walk/run for 1/2 mile in between each sprint. I got through all siz at the goal pace! I honestly was so surprised I did it, I was so excited!

I remember when I was training for my 15k when I started my healthy lifestyle journey in Jan. 2009 and it was a big deal for me to sprint at 5mph or a 12:00 pace. Now that's my warmup pace. Amazing to see progress!

So I'm going for it and the nice thing is that if I'm not able to get my speed to be able to qualify, I'm really okay with it. My training schedule will keep me from running a lot of the races I normally would, so if I can't go for Boston qualification, I'll run every Half Marathon I can find each weekend between October and April just for fun!

I'm also planning to do the Disney Goofy Challenge mid January (you run the half on Saturday and the full on Sunday). It's the 20th Anniversary of the Disney Marathon, and since I ran it in 2011, I figured I'd do Goofy this year! Have a bunch of Running Friends doing their first marathon there, so it will be fun to run with them instead of worrying about time!

So I plan to blog about my progress. Sorry this is so long, but I'm excited!

I am so thankful to my God Yahweh for his blessings and mercy!
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