Friday, March 19, 2010

I think I'm Ready

This weekend is Mercer Island Half Marathon. I think I am ready. I hope I am ready since I have a full marathon in 37 days. 37 DAYS!!! I am kind of slowly slipping into Marathon Freak Out Mode. I desperately need a long(er) run. This weekend should be 18 miles but I am doing 13.1. Next weekend no ifs, ands, or buts...I MUST run at least 18 miles. I have 5 weeks! My plan is all kinds of messed up. My next three long runs should be: 18, 14,20. But I am going to be flipping them to be 13.1, 18, 20. What are the repercussions of two very long runs in a row, 18 then 20? I have noticed that I should be jumping up in mileage then stepping back.

I am coming to terms with the fact that my first marathon goal will be: 1)survive and 2) finish. Maybe not in that order. I don't know.

As for my birthday Half Marathon on Sunday a sub 2 would be awesome but I also just want to go out and enjoy the run (despite the rain that is called for). The hills are brutal and I have not been hill training. So I guess I am scared that I wont be able to. We will see. I am excited and feel a good run coming on!


  1. i am excited for you and i know you can do it.

  2. Ugh. The rain. It's been so nice, I was hoping for no rain. Maybe it'll hold off till later on Sunday. Either way, it'll be lots of fun!

  3. Good luck on your first marathon.

    In regards to the training--two longs in a row, I am certainly no expert (I am running my first 1/2 in 4 weeks), but I imagine if you keep it slow and steady and use recovery runs in between it can be done:) I can't wait to hear about your 1/2 today and the rest of your training (I love the motivation).

  4. Rain?? Weak. I guess it's better than heat, though. My one and only half was run in some very warm weather, and that course was hilly.

    37 days? Yikes! Time flies. You'll do great! The hardest part will not necessarily be the 18- and 20-milers but your mental approach to them and trying not to make them even more challenging than they already are. I have faith that you'll knock them out fine.

  5. You're going to do great on this half!!
    I was just wondering, I've read on the blogs of other experienced runners, how they go out and run an extra five miles after their 13 (when they ran a race) so that it comes to 18 for the day. That way, you wouldn't have to do them consecutively. Not sure exactly how that works, as you know I'm a total newbie. But, I just thought I'd mention/ask :) Whatever you do, I'm sure if you listen to your body you'll be fine...Good luck!!

  6. I think you'll do great. HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance. :)
    Can't wait to read your race report!

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  8. Have a great race . . . go out there and enjoy yourself. Run because you want to.

    SMILE and be in the moment.

    Can't wait to read the race recap.

  9. Good luck! I'll be thinking of you.

    Also, I'm supposed to get in 18-20, as you know, but I woke up to a blizzard. Thank you, Oklahoma.

  10. Awww I'm so excited for you! I do know what you mean about how you're supposed to increase and then decrease the long runs, but I'm sure one week of not jumping back wouldn't kill you? It might increase your risk of injury though so maybe slow down and take it really easy for both runs? I hope it works out for you :D.

    Good luck!

  11. Good luck on the half this weekend. Just like the other newbie who commented earlier, I read from some more experienced runners that splitting the run up will be ok too. So maybe you can try and fit the other 5 miles in after your Mercer half?
    Good luck on the training and don't hurt yourself. You have trained so much that it will be a waste to be injured.

  12. You are ready to roll. Trust me. All will be well.

  13. You are going to do great. Looking forward to today and tomorrow! See you soon.

  14. Good luck!!! Just have fun and run!! Happy birthday!!

  15. Good Luck in your race. And Happy B-day!
    Half Marathons are my favorite : )

  16. Sun Strong! You are going to do great!

    I like to use the goals:
    1. Finish
    2. Finish feeling fine
    3. Finish feeling fine having fun!

    I KNOW you will do all 3 and probably see the "under" side of 2 when you cross that finish line.

  17. You can do it! This weekend will be great...just a warm up for the marathon.
    Such an inspiration. I am already in freak out mode for the Portland Marathon!!

  18. wow! Thats awesome! I'm to running and hopfully one day, I'll get to that point!!


You're pretty much awesome!!


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