Marathon training….here I come

August 15th, 2008

New iPod arm bad? Check. Nike+ tracking system? Check. New training program? Check. Proper running attire? Check. Motivation to get out of bed early to go run? Well…….

It is marathon training season again. For the month of August, I am just gearing up for longer runs. I ran 4 miles yesterday. That doesn’t sound like a lot I know. However, I ran when it was 90 degrees. To me, I should get extra points for that or something.

My problem is that I enjoy running at the end of my day. I am so busy with homeschooling, extra activities, seeing relatives, errands, etc. that I NEED to run at the end of the day to relax. Running is MY TIME. It is really difficult to run at 5pm when the heat is unbearable. I need to start getting up early and run when it is cooler (can you call 80 degree temps cooler?).

I picked up a book called “The 4 hour marathon”. I honestly don’t think I can do a marathon in that time, but the training program sounds good. I have been using the Hal Higdon plan for several years (for 1 marathon and 2 half marathons). I have also heard that the Jeff Galloway plan is great. That is on my list for 2010.

My training will be different for 2008-2009 as I will be training for harder races. I have my sights on running the 2009 Walt Disney World Goofy Races. That is a half marathon on Saturday, and a full marathon on Sunday. Almost 40 miles in 2 days. That is asking alot from my body. Of course, there are endurance runners that run 100 miles at a time. My hat is off to them! I’ll stick with almost 40 in 2 days, thanks.

Due to a pulled hip and shin splints, I have never run more then 17 miles during training. In preparation for the Goofy races, the training program says I have to run two 10/20 mile weekends (that is 10 on Saturday & 20 on Sunday). *Gulp* That sounds like such a feat!

I would just love to be able to reach 50 years old and have run 10 marathons. To me, that would be awesome. I only have 9 more to go in 10.5 yrs. I can do that, right? Just keep telling yourself that Shan. Just keep saying it. Run Strong!

4 Responses to “Marathon training….here I come”

  1. Cynthia Says:

    YES! You can do it! I was never much for running, but I do enjoy biking. My dd is in training now for a 400 mile bike ride she’ll be doing in a couple of weeks! YOU GO GIRL!

  2. Shan Says:

    I tell ya, training in Texas heat is TOUGH! Your daughter is training for a 400 mile ride? That is AMAZING!!! Woohooo for her!!! Keep up the great work. Crossing the finish line is almost a religious experience. You become so proud of yourself knowing that all your training, perseverance, and dedication got you to the end. It is WONDERFUL!

  3. Kelly Hamrick Says:

    Shan… this is Kelly from SparkPeople… I’m going to run the Disney marathon in January. No Goofy for me. But, I am registered for the marathon. It sure would be fun to meet you in person in Florida!

  4. Shan Says:

    Heya Kelly!!!! Good for you! What running program are you using? I am using the Hal Higdon Intermediate I. I am modifying the weekends where I run 20 miles (2x in the program) so that I can run 10 on Sat. & 20 on Sun.

    What are you doing about calories? Last training season, I went back to Weight Watchers so I could lose weight AND run. I got frustrated after the first week because I followed their plan RELIGIOUSLY and GAINED 4lbs. I brought in my running/food plan for the last month and the leader said: “You must be doing something wrong. You need to eat approx. 1200 calories a day and exercise. You should be losing weight. If you aren’t, you aren’t following the program correctly.” Man!!! Was I ever frustrated!!!

    So, I have realized that I can’t eat 1200 calories and run. Period. I won’t have the energy and I will start getting crabby. I eat approx. 1600 calories a day right now. I am only up to running 16 miles a week so far. That is increasing each week. I have realized that my body holds onto calories for my runs. I slim down in my clothes but not on the scale. Ah…the body of a 39 yr. old. LOL

    I would love to meet you as well. Are you staying for the entire week? We are making a week-long vacation of it. This will be our 5th vacation to WDW. We are addicted.

    Run Strong!
    Shan

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