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planning for marathon #2

Saturday, April 27, 2013

On June 16, 2012 I ran Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN. The 26.2 miles were obviously a big deal, but the training was the real challenge. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I knew I wanted to do it again. I also knew I needed to wait a bit. Training is a HUGE time commitment. The affects it had on my family, social & work life were not what I expected.

I've put a lot of thought and effort into planning the next. I've finished my race schedule for this season and finally have all training mapped out. Such a cute little coincidence: I begin training for Twin Cities Marathon on June 16, 2013. exactly one year, awwww...

What I'm excited for:
emoticon The challenge, working towards a goal.
emoticonThe schedule, I love checking off training runs.
emoticonSpeedwork. Last time I focused on the miles. This time I'm adding in some track workouts. Hurts so good!
emoticonTwo 20 milers! One of them is a race.
emoticonThe unknown. Marathon training is such a journey and I am eager to see where this one takes me mentally.
emoticonThe running community. I know some people that will also be training. It'll be fun to get to know them better like runners do while putting in the miles.
emoticonThe actual race. I live in this neighborhood. I have run most miles of the course. I was a cow bell ringing, screaming girl at this race many a times. To actually RUN it, well, that's too much for words. My family, friends, co-workers and neighbors will be at this one. That's a lot different than traveling for a race.

What makes me nervous:
emoticon training in the summer. I am not a hot weather runner. I may have to get up at 4 to get in some long runs in July & August.
emoticonTime expectations. The first time you run a new distance: automatic PR! The next time, you generally want to beat that. I don't want to cross the finish line and have any feelings of disappointment. Sub 4 is the goal.
emoticonTwin Cities course is tougher than Grandma's.
emoticonthe time training takes, the complete exhaustion after long runs

Clearly the good outweigh the bad. When I finished my little training chart I was giddy. I want to start NOW! Luckily I have some other fun stuff to keep me busy.

emoticon May 5 is a Half Marathon.
emoticon Being the seasonal triathlete that I am, I've just started swimming again regularly. And I love love love it.
emoticon Tomorrow I'm going on a group ride. I haven't been on a bike since December. Time to go find those flattering padded butt shorts!
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    1822 days ago
    Very exciting!
    1823 days ago
    Excited for you! Training and races are life changing. Your commitment is apparent, as well as your enjoyment. emoticon emoticon
    1824 days ago
    Sounds awesome!!!!
    1824 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Sounds planned and doable. I am looking forward to hearing more about your progress as the season ....progresses.
    1824 days ago
    Hooray for your new challenge! As I embark on marathon number one I SO understand what you mean about the things that you mentioned that you perhaps did not anticipate the first time. The wonderful thing is that you KNOW what to expect so now you can handle things even better and you are certainly well equipped to PR too! Cannot wait to follow your training plan!
    1825 days ago
    Woo hoo!! Congratultions!! It sounds like an exciting race and very personal for you, I'm sure you will do well. I enjoyed adding speedwork to my 2nd HM training as I discovered other aspects of myself that long runs don't uncover.

    Go rock that HM on May 5th!!
    1825 days ago
    Awesome! Can't wait to talk about training! I know what you mean.. the temps here in Texas are getting miserable & it's only April.. Why did I sign up for a Fall Marathon. LOL.
    1825 days ago
    I'm excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear how it all goes!!!
    1825 days ago
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