Am I really considering this?

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Well, then answer is, yes, yes I am. I am considering running a FULL MARATHON! That's right folks, 26.2 miles. I've been running for a few years now. I've run 5 half marathons, and will run my 6th this November. My superstar running buddy turns 26 this December, and she wants to run a marathon to celebrate. This was an idea that I mentioned a year or so ago in reference to my own 26th birthday, but mine is a year and a few months after hers. I will admit that I am both terrified and excited. I never would've thought I could do a half, but now I've done 5. I just needed a push, a reason to try. Here is my push this time. She is my best friend, and she's done tons of runs with me/for me, it's time to repay! I have until next spring, so just shy of a year. I have an ok base right now.

I will need to pursue some other goals to reach this one. Reaching my goal weight is of very high priority. The less weight I have to carry over all these miles the better. I need to work on my running base and my speed more. I haven't done any true speedwork or tempos in months, so here we go! I need to add a day of running a week, instead of 3, do 4 and continue my cross training (i.e. spin class--good for turnover, and weight lifting--stronger legs and core==faster, healthier Ali!) I have better results when I'm logging my calories. And since I'm car-less for the next 3 weeks (for a total of 5), I will continue running to the gym and walking to work, and burning TONS of calories everyday.

Plan for this week:
mon: run 2-3 mi + the firm
tue: spin class + lift back and biceps w/ short ab routine
wed: 3-4 mi run
thu: spin class + lift chest and triceps w/ short ab routine
fri: run 3-4 +/- yoga
sat: run 6
sun: rest
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