Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Marathon Madness


Check this out! It came yesterday in the mail - proof positive that I've finally bitten the bullet (or lost whatever small vestiges of sanity I was holding onto)

And there's more proof if you could see my training program. Coach Chris has ramped up my k's big-time. My Monday run has gone from 10 to 16k and this week's long, slow run has jumped to 28k. The longest I've ever run in one go is 25 so from this Saturday on I'll be heading into totally uncharted territory.

I'm excited and I'm nervous. Coach Chris is a little nervous too - not wanting to tip me over the edge.

It's funny how a little thing like overtraining syndrome can really shake your confidence. Last year I would have been really pumped about doing these distances. I wouldn't have doubted my body's ability to adapt and thrive. This year I'm fluctuating between wild optimism and fear. But I guess coming back from any injury or illness is like that.

My Monday run was really successful. I have no idea exactly how far or how long I ran
(I forgot to charge my Garmin) but I'm guessing around 1:35 and 17k. The only bad part about the run was the service station attendant who told me that they didn't have a rest room - liar! I am grateful that it was a dark morning and there was a discreet tree nearby.

Tuesday I backed up at speed but took it a little cautiously. Monday and Tuesdays will be the only days I run consecutively so I get rest days fairly regularly.

It's going to be an interesting 9 weeks ahead.

14 comments:

  1. Exciting stuff! The new milestones of first-marathon training are amazing... looking forward to following along!

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  2. This is very exciting! Good luck. I hope your training goes the way you want it to. Do you run 4 days a week?

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  3. I love the dragon logo on your bib. Good luck and have fun in your uncharted territory! :-)

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  4. I'm so excited for you! What kind of service station has no potty? Liar indeed!

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  5. This is way cool. You must be some hard-core runner to run 17k without your Garmin. :)
    Enjoy your training and don't forget to charge your Garmin.

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  6. Very excited for you. I really like that little dragon on the race bib, he makes me laugh :).

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  7. Wow! I'm excited for you! Sounds like a normal respect for the distance. You have been training well and I know you will do it!

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  8. Bib 3404 is the reality! Enjoy the training and excitement that goes with it.

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  9. YAY you with all those "4"'s you have no choice but to ROCK IT!! [I may have a "thing" for "4"'s. ;)

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  10. I am sure you will run easily the new distance. Another step towards the main event! 3404 means that you will smoke 3403 runners!

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  11. I can feel the excitement in the air :) :) The lingering touch of caution will save you...and you're going to do great!

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  12. I just wanted to tell you [really late] how much I appreciated your comment on my post last Friday. Made my day.
    Thank you. :)

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