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My thoughts on being a mom, runner, wannabe health nut, and everything else.

Running a Marathon: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

I have ran a marathon in the past.  I have planned to run others.  It didn’t work out.  Now I am debating my running plans for the upcoming year.  I want to run another marathon, I think, but I also don’t want to set myself up for more disappointment.

There are very few things that are guaranteed in life, so not planning on doing something because it may not work out is dumb.  I realize this.

AIRFORCEMAR

New medal and yummy beer? Yes please!

*After my first marathon in 2014.  (That beer was excellent.)

There are, however, both real pros and cons to training for and completing a marathon….

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I Was Supposed to Run a Marathon Yesterday

In the spring, I had high hopes for this fall.  I was planning on running my second marathon. I was going to train harder and beat my time from my first marathon in 2014.  I wasn’t going to crash at mile 20 and have trouble recovering. It would all go as planned this time around; it was going to be awesome.

Carefully, I chose my race: the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon.  Mid-October weather would be perfect, I thought.  Columbus would be a fun and flat city to run in.  The dedicated miles would be motivating.  I was excited!

October weather is perfect for running!

October weather is perfect for running!

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Summer Night Trail Marathon – My Experience and Review

The Summer Night Trail Marathon took place at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 6, 2015.  The event offered three different length options: quarter, half, and full marathon.  I ran the half marathon distance only because I do not yet qualify for the full’s time requirements.  Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will have a result that will allow me to enter the 26.2 mile option.

Summer Night Trail Marathon

Summer Night Trail Marathon

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Training for My Second Marathon: What I’m going to do differently this time

When I decided to do my first marathon, completing 26.2 miles seemed almost impossible.  I mean, I knew it was possible; lots of people run marathons.  I just didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it.  I kept that unsure feeling with me throughout most of my training.  Even after completing three 20 miles runs, I still didn’t know if I was going to be able to finish a marathon.

I did do it.  It wasn’t very pretty; it wasn’t the race I had planned to run, but I crossed the finish line and received my medal.  And then, a few months later I completed my first ultra marathon!  As I set out to start training for my second marathon, I no longer hold any doubts that I am able to do it.  I know I can cross the finish line.  This time around, I hope I am able to perform better.  (No focusing on time though!  Per my New Year’s goals, I am going to run races for the fun of it this year and set no time expectations.  In the past, this has helped to improve my actual finish times.  So, is planning to run for fun actually a plan to PR?  I really do hope to improve my times because I know I can do better BUT I don’t want to disappoint myself by not reaching a time goal.  I believe I over-complicate things! 😉 )

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Runcations: My Top 5 Dream Vacation Race Destinations

January marks the start of a new year and a new race calendar.  As I plan out my runs for the upcoming season, I am excited about the events that I am able to participate in and enjoy.  I do, however, feel jealous of all the runners that sign up for awesome races that I cannot register for!  There are so many ideal running travel destinations all over the world.

While the constraints of time and money (mostly money) may keep me from attending the following events in the near future, it doesn’t stop me from researching and imagining how amazing an experience each race would be.  In no particular order, here are 5 of my top dream race runcation destinations:

1.  Italy

I’d be thrilled to run anywhere in Italy, but the race I have my eye on is the Rome Marathon.  The course takes you past many amazing sites including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain.  My time would be a snail’s pace because I would be too busy enjoying the view and taking tons of pictures!

Rome Marathon

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Air Force Marathon 2014 – Recap – My First Marathon!

The 2014 Air Force Marathon took place on September 20, and I am just finally getting around to writing my recap of the race!  Life got incredibly busy for me right around it was time to taper for the marathon (so thankful I got through the majority of training without the craziness that has been my life since!)  The Air Force Marathon was my first ever marathon.  While it didn’t go exactly as I planned (what does?!), it was a wonderful first experience!

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Marathon Training Complete – Time to Taper

Marathon training is complete, and I have entered the taper phase.  I completed my last 20 mile distance yesterday afternoon.  It was not pretty.  In fact, it was pretty darn awful.  I hit a wall at mile 7.  AT MILE 7.  I wasn’t well hydrated, it was very humid, midday sun was beating down, and I hadn’t eaten in the way I should have before a long run BUT at mile 7?!?  I should have been able to get to at least half marathon distance before having issues.  I had difficulty getting through the last mile walking.  It all-around sucked.  

I am so thankful that I pushed my way through it and reached my distance.  I wanted to quit so SO bad.  I debated pushing my last long run back another few days, but I had already done that due to not feeling well on Friday.  (I could also be fighting a cold or illness, which may have also contributed to the awfulness yesterday.)  But I didn’t quit.  I’m proud of that.  I’m also very happy that I completed more than one 20 mile run.  On August 1, I had a fabulous 20 mile run that made me feel strong and prepared.  I’m happy I have that going into my marathon.  Yesterday was defeating, but I know that I can go the distance and feel good. Read the rest of this entry »

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Keep Runnin’ Runnin’ and Runnin’ Runnin’

So, I’ve had that Black Eyes Peas song stuck in my head since my last run!  I’ve been catching myself singing it all day.  (It unfortunately didn’t harmonize very well with the song people were actually singing in church this morning.  Don’t worry, I only softly hummed.)

Marathon Training

I’m continuing to chug along with my training.  I had my second 20 miler last week.  It went really, really well.  I felt really strong.  On my fallback 16 miles this week?  (I mean 14 miles because I was DONE.)  Not so well.  I felt really good the following day for my recovery run though, so I’m just trying to go with the flow!  I have three more long runs before I get to taper.  (Yes, I said “get to” taper.  I never really taper for half marathons because it makes me antsy.  I am VERY MUCH looking forward to tapering for my marathon!) Read the rest of this entry »

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Marathon Training – An Unexpected Fallback Week

Marathon training has been going great…until now.  It’s actually not too bad right now either; I just had to adjust to unexpected mileage fallback this week.  Why you ask?  Well I got injured.  During a run?  Of course not.  I simply experienced some trouble in the incredibly difficult activity of walking and strained a muscle around my knee.  

Sigh, so yes.  I tripped over my own feet while trying to walk up to my son’s baseball game and did something unpleasant to my right knee.  I rock.  

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Marathon Training Continues as Big Life Changes Creep Closer

A lot of changes in my personal life are on the horizon. All of my children will be in school within the next month, and I will be returning to school for my Master’s degree! Although I do have an awesome part-time job, I’ve considered myself a stay-at-home mom for the past 10 years. I am sad to be putting an end to this chapter of my life but very excited to enter a new phase.

I will be pursuing my M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism. I find human behavior incredibly interesting (my undergrad is in psychology), and the broad range of symptoms and abilities associated with autism fascinating. My goal for the future is to positively affect the lives of children and young adults with autism by planning and providing quality, worthwhile behavior therapy.

So what does all this have to do with running? EVERYTHING! All the big life changes creeping closer have upped my stress level. Training for my upcoming marathon has been the perfect outlet! Running clears my mind, calms me down, and reminds me that regardless of where the finish line is, sometimes it’s best just to focus on the next step.

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