Monday, October 3, 2011


I wonder if my marathon training is SALVAGEABLE....I have had almost 2.5 weeks off with minimal, I mean bare minimum running. I don't think I have lost too much endurance/fitness but I am certain I have lost a significant amount.

Today I had the urge to run. Of course I was smack dab in the middle of therapy....ever wonder what your therapist is thinking when you are pouring your heart out? Well, usually they are thinking about you and what you are saying...usually. Today my mind was on the road. I wanted to pack up and head home for a run. I wanted to tell my client, "Invest in some good running shoes and hit the road." Ever heard the slogan Running is Cheaper Than Therapy? Well, I'm not sure I agree with that completely, if you have decent insurance. But I will say running has some unique health benefits that therapy doesn't have. But, with that being said, combine the two and you have a team like The Dynamic could be unstoppable! Anyway, I had the urge to run today.

I made it home in a state of starvation. We had dinner, I helped LB with his homework, navigated through bath time, books, and FINALY bed time. I don't know about your emergent reader, but each night I sit with LB while he reads. IT. PUTS. ME. TO. SLEEP. He is so monotone and doesn't give any inflection or emotion. We are working on that. He is also S.....L......O.......W. Don't get me wrong, I am super proud of him and he is doing great. It just isn't the best way to get pumped up for a late-night run, being snuggled in on the couch, wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, listening to Barenstain Bears'. Finally he made his way to bed and I was no longer longing for a run. The Hubs convinced me to go out, just for a mile. I was dressed and ready so why not? Just a mile, and if I feel like it more....

I donned my head lamp and headed out. For one mile.


Well, wouldn't you know it I felt like more! I knocked out 5 miles, in the dark. It was amazing. I left the iPod behind and just ran...

So, do I think my plans for OBX full marathon are salvageable? Absolutely.

Thanks to trusty ole Hal Higdon I have a new plan of action. A low-stress plan that will allow me to just run and I am confidence I'll be able to handle it....Here is my plan for the next 6 weeks:


Finally, THANK YOU ALL! Your comments and words of encouragement have truly lifted my spirits and helped bring a smile to my face. I don't think I can effectively express how much you all have helped me through this time. So thank you, thank you for reading and thank you for taking time to encourage me. Thank you for being supportive and thank you for understanding and sharing your own experiences and feelings. Thank you for being you! 


  1. THAT'S the Amanda that I knew would emerge! :) Sometimes you just have to let yourself feel bad to feel better! Love your plan. Looks just right to complete the marathon. :) And congrats to your hubbs for forcing you out the door. Sometimes these husbands of ours know what's best.
    I got booted out yesterday and was told not to come home until I had gone at least 5 miles and no longer had the urge to "put my emotions in print on facebook." Hee, hee. Good husband, I've got!

  2. Way to be strong! You can absolutely do this and you will be thankful you did!!!

  3. You can totally do it! 2.5 weeks is nothing compared to the SEVERAL weeks you have put into training. Just stay positive and focused and you will be well on your way!

  4. This is wonderful! There is something to be said about the low pressure of just running without feeling like you need to do all these key workouts all the time. I used Hal Higdon for my first marathon and ended up running my fastest marathon time ever. I really want to get back to just logging more miles and taking the pressure off. Good luck! So glad to read this.

  5. Way to get out there!

  6. GOOD FOR YOU!!!

    Welcome back!

  7. Yay!! Fine I'll get off my butt and go for a run this morning.

  8. AWESOME on the run! So I see some mojo???

  9. Whoop! Whoop! YAY!!!! You so give me hope :) I cant wait!!!

  10. You can totally do it!! You will rock it too.

  11. Glad you got out of your funk! I always get sleepy with my little reader too!

  12. WOW!! Amazing for going out there in the dark after a long day! I used Hal's plan for marathon #2 and loved it!


You're pretty much awesome!!


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