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I’m Going to ROCK those 26 miles!

Posted Jun 29 2010 12:39pm

Ok, so Monday I took a leap. A BIG, Looooong, 26.2 mile leap and registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon . I’ve been toying with the idea every since my friend MizFit announced that she would be running her second half AND renewing her vows in Vegas this December. Both of which I think are amazingly AWESOME. Are you reading this husband? huh? HUH? <– I’ve been bugging him to renew for our 10 year anniversary next year. I think it would be fun. Anyway…

If you’ve been reading for some time you may have experienced my first marathon with me last year . It was amazing. I still cry when I glance at the pictures or read the recap . If you asked last year would ever run another one I think I would have said no. Actually I might have even uttered the words "I will never run again" after finishing. It was hard. Very hard.

Alas, here I am 9 months later having fun attempting to complete a running event for each month this year . My goal is doing exactly what I wanted it to do. It’s keeping running fun. I love running events and get very emotional at them. There’s just something about a large group of people from all walks of life setting out to achieve a goal together. It’s about getting across that finish line. Sure some people need to win but not me, I just want to finish. My competition is against myself not the other runners. To me, we are all teammates.

I had quite a year in 2009. My house was on the market . I started a new job . We were living in temporary housing . My Dad passed away . It was a tough. In some ways I think the marathon kept me sane although training simply fell apart. I set out to prove to myself I could do anything and thats what I did. I crossed the finish line.

This year I have a different goal. This year I want to really ROCK the marathon. I want to see what I’m capable of doing physically if I actually train. I’m in a completely different situation then last year. We have successfully sold our house and moved into the new one . I’m resigning from that new job to work for myself . My Little Guy will be starting kindergarten. Yikes! I’m not saying a catastrophe couldn’t happen but I’m not taking on any major life stressors this year. I’m focusing on my family, my business and my training and that prospect puts a smile on my face. THIS is what I want to be doing and this is how I’m going to do it…

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
07/26 – 08/01 Rest 3 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 6 mi
08/02 – 08/08 Rest 3 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 7 mi
08/09 – 08/15 Rest 4 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 5 mi
08/16 – 08/22 Rest 4 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 9 mi
08/23 – 08/29 Rest 5 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT *5k 10 mi
08/30 – 09/05 Rest 5 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 7 mi
09/06 – 09/12 Rest 6 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 12 mi
09/13 – 09/19 Rest 6 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC *HALF
09/20 – 09/26 Rest 7 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 10 mi
09/27 – 10/03 Rest 7 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 15 mi
10/04 – 10/10 Rest 8 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT *5K 16 mi
10/11 – 10/17 Rest 8 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 12 mi
10/18 – 10/24 Rest 9 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 18 mi
10/25 – 11/07 Rest 9 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 14 mi
11/08 – 11/14 Rest 10 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 20 mi
11/15 – 11/21 Rest 8 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC *PHL 1/2
11/22 – 11/28 Rest 6 mi 3 mi + WT Rest WT BC 8 mi
11/29 – 12/5 Rest 4 mi 3 mi 2 mi Rest Rest ROCK
  • Rest = Ummm, REST – I’m gonna need it!
  • mi = Miles
  • WT = Weight Training
  • 3 mi + WT = I’m going to run 3 miles, focusing on speed, possible sprints and then do weights.
  • BC = Boot Camp Class
  • All *bolded items are events I’m running. Details can be found on my 2010 Running Goals page
  • Note: May take yoga classes when needed.

I based the schedule loosely on Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Schedule . However I’m doing one less run a week and replacing it with weight training mostly because I like it. Running is fun but it does get old for me. I want to mix it up a bit.

There you have it. Am I crazy or what? Part of me gets REAL excited when I think about December and the other half of me is terrified. Either way I will ROCK those 26 miles and end 2010 with a bang. If I actually pull this off I would have run 11 events in 12 months. 1 full marathon, 3 halves, 1- 7 miler, 1- 6k and 5- 5ks. Seriously… WHO.AM.I?

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