Sunday, 20 January 2008

Training coming along...

I am quite pleased with my training this week. Basically I was at zero - 21 miles in all of December. Last week I ran 10 miles. Today I ran 5.10. My times are getting a bit better. Today I meant to run 5, but at the end of 5 miles, I hit the "lap" button instead of the "stop" button and kept going. It took me .10 mile to realize that I was still running.

It was only in the teens when I woke up this morning, so I thought I was going to have to go to the gym, but it heated right up to 20 + degrees and I headed out. I ended up tying my jacket around my waist because I was WAY too hot.

I SO want to be able to run 26.2 miles on June 21 in Anchorage. I don't know when I have been so excited about something. People look at me like I am nuts when I tell them about this - I am sure my crazy excitement is part of what they are amazed about.

Here is my philosophy:
I don't know whether I can run a whole marathon or not. I will never know unless I try. I intend to give it my best shot. If I cannot run a whole 26.2, I know I can run 13.1 - especially at sea level (Anchorage is at 113 feet!)

I have a couple more weeks to build a base before I start the mileage suggested in the 16 week plan from Runners World. I am psyched!!!

11 comments:

Randy - Maniac #788 said...

Way to go Mary, Anchorage, that would be an awesome marathon, I've heard good things about it. The son of a running partner of mine ran it in '07 as his final marathon in his pursuit of the 50 states.

So far the only one of the four that I've done that was remotely painful was the Honolulu and I"m still not sure what happened with it other than the rain we had to run in.

My knee was sore during Houston but no where near the pain that I felt in Honolulu.

Like you I'm psyched about all of the running, yes maybe a bit crazy too...but aren't we all that hit the streets on a regular basis.

J~mom said...

YAY!!! So glad to hear that things are coming along!

coty said...

Way to go Mary!

Marcy said...

Ohhhhh Mary I have NO DOUBTS you will be able to do this, especially with your killer attitude ;D ;D GO MARY!!

Debbi said...

I'm psyched for you, Mary! I love your enthusiasm and confidence. I think this marathon was meant to be for you.

Wes said...

Mary!!! You can do this :-) The key runs are the long runs. I, too, started out with the Runner's World plan before switching to a run/walk based plan. My only concern is all those back to back long runs mixed in with speed work. It was jus too hard for me.

What I'm saying is don't be a afraid to make adjustments or switch plans! If finishing is your only goal, there are other plans you can use.

Good luck!!! I know it will be a great destination race!!!

Jess said...

You can run it. And if you walk some, that's fine.

Sue said...

Your enthusiasm is infectious, I can feel it leaping off the page! The London Marathon is 13 April - yikes, not that long away...

Karen said...

Go for it Mary! Looks like things are going great guns :o)

Marathoner in Training said...

You are so motivating, I needed that today.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

You can do it, no you WILL do it. Remember, you can run/walk if/as needed.