Tuesday, February 24, 2009

12 down......8 to go!!


As many of you already know, I've been training for the SLC marathon since December. I'm doing the 20 week training, and I only have 8 weeks to go...yipee! I'm so excited for April! My goal is to beat my 2006 marathon time of 4:36. So far, I've been able to finish 13.1 miles in under 2 hours (barely), so I'm on track to beat that time for sure. March is almost here, and it is going to be the toughest month. I have a 20 and a 22 mile run in March, and those are SO tough for me mentally. I get nervous about long runs about a week before, and have a hard time sleeping the night before. But the night after, I sleep like a rock!! I trained for the marathon last year, but injured my IT band about 3 weeks before the marathon, and did the bike tour instead. I hadn't registered for the marathon yet, so I didn't lose my money. I was SO disappointed to see all those people cross the finish line and know I was so close to being able to complete another one. It was the worst feeling. But this year, I DID register and pay for the marathon back in December with my brother, Shane. This is his first marathon, and he's been doing most of his training on a treadmill. He lives in Jackson Hole, WY, and he hates running in the cold. He'll start running outside in March. I'm so excited for him!
Anyway, I decided since my body will be marathon-ready in April, why not run another one in May?? So I registered for Ogden on May 16. The marathon isn't the hard part, (well, it's hard, but a lot more fun when you have all that adrenaline on the REAL course, with thousands of people around you), it's the training that's tough! I'm always struggling with myself to get out the door and go train, but once I get going, it feels great, (except for the really long runs), and after I'm done, I always feel SO much better! So if I'm going to do all this training, I'm going to make the most of it!
If any of you ever want to run a marathon or half marathon, I've got training plans and all kind of great info and tips from the first one I did in 2006, and I'd love to share it with you! It's an experience like nothing else, and you'd be amazed what you can do when you set your mind to it!
Happy running!

9 comments:

Frank, Heidi and Family said...

You are an inspiration. I wish ... somday, maybe next year. My question is, how do you make time to run/train without the kids? Do you just wait until Kevin gets home? Because that would be my problem, my nights are so jam packed.

Mike and Kaci said...

I so wish I had the motivation to do that. I totally look up to you! Someday... someday.... maybe we will just have to move to Utah and you can make me come with you and train!

Lindsay said...

I think it's great that you train and run these! I need to get the motivation to do something like that, I'd probably need to start small though! :) Good luck!

Jessica said...

You go girl!!!! You know I've always though you were secretly super woman! This would also be great info on the training blog. I just sent out the invites today. Make sure to check it out.

Frank Cole said...

Tia, if you're not careful, you may never stop running. First it's one marathon, then two, then one right after another... What's next? Running a double marathon? That's like 300 miles or something! I do recall one person that ran all the time. What was his name? I forget, but it had something to do with shrimp and chocolates. Just something to think about. :)

Erin said...

I am SO impressed with you and your running! I am jealous of your willpower!

Ulberich said...

That is awesome! I think you and Breanne are amazing that you have done this, I was impressed when they stayed with us that she even got up to go running even in the freezing cold!! I don't know if I ever will have the motivation to do it but I am so impressed with you-best of luck!! Hey-I was going to invite you to our blog but don't have your email! Can you send it to me at ulberich@hotmail.com! Thanks!

kimbob said...

I love seeing you run around in the neighborhood and I admire you so much for doing it. Good luck with both of them. I found your blog from Tiff so hope you don't mind :)

Julie said...

You are so awesome!I'm hoping to do my first half this year. I trained for it last year and didn't end up doing it-long
story:( Anyway, I'm in love with running so I'm excited for the weather to get warmer so I can get outside!