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Two weeks until marathon #1

Monday, November 14, 2011'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:


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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    "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.


    Maybe fatigue is not my problem, maybe it's ADHD that will keep me from full marathons.
    2560 days ago
    Congratulations on completing your training! Enjoy your taper! I'll see you at Space Coast!!!
    2562 days ago
    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.
    2563 days ago
    I SOOOO can't wait to see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2563 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Dopey huh? I have always tried to keep up wuith you, but 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!

    2563 days ago
    Sounds like you are right on track!
    2563 days ago
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