Thursday, November 6, 2008

Miles and miles to go before I sleep...

I haven't talked about the "Training" in a couple of days...mainly because I am ready to get it done. In the last couple of weeks I've done 12, 15, and 16 mile runs. Well, this weekend is my 18 miler and I'm dreading it. It's only 2 more miles than the 16 miler, but I'm doing it alone. The 16 miler alone was long enough, but I don't know how I'm going to get through this 18 miler. Anyone out there have any suggestions to make it go faster? I have about 5 weeks until the actual marathon. My thinking is that by now if I can run 16 miles solo then I can run 26.2 with several hundred people-piece of cake, right?

I seriously could not do this without the unending support of my wonderful husband. Every Saturday while I'm out there pounding the pavement, he's getting the kids dressed and fed, not to mention when I have my runs during the week. He is the most important piece of the puzzle to all of this marathon training.

I get several questions from people about what I'm going to do to celebrate once I'm done...not sure yet, but I'll have to think of something special!?!

Who knows if I'll want to do another marathon after this. My goal has always been to do one, but we'll see if I catch that bug I hear so much about. I wouldn't mind doing Marine Corp one day, since we lived up there for 9 years...most of my adult life so far.

Anyway, been super busy with our photo sessions as of late. It's great, very great...I don't think Blakely and I ever expected to be this busy. We are having a lot of fun with it! Once again, I don't think either of us could do it without our husbands. Which is why they will be having fun at "man day" in our neighborhood this coming Saturday...I'll post about that later.


The Wade's said...

I am training for my first 5K this coming February with a friend of mine, and although we have been walking/running for awhile now, we still haven't even managed to run a mile without stopping. We're pretty sad and out of shape! I can't even begin to imagine 12 miles, let alone 16.

Any advice from a running expert like yourself would be mucho appreciated.

Slacker Mama said...

You know, I was just thinking about you the other day for this very reason! In addition to the physical shape that you must be in to run the 26.2 ... the dedication to training would kill any marathon pipe dreams that I have. I mean, I've been out of town (either for day trips or the whole weekend) almost every weekend in October. Carving out a few hours to run just wouldn't be in the cards.

I really admire that you can do this!

Steel Magnolia said...

Yes, it has been hard because of that...we had guests and visitors for 3 out of 4 weekends in Oct and I had to get up extra early on Saturday to run them...I'm talking 5:00 am.

Feener said...

you can do it !!!! once you do 18 you can do the full 26.2 NO problem !! and yes while training for my half, the only way it was possible was b/c hubby was so great.

Leslie said...

I just don't know how you do it. My friend is trying to get me to do just a half marathon with her in Feb and it is stressing me out. I have never run a race that long before. Got any helpful tips, websites for training, etc. to pass along? I need some motivation!!