Technically, there are three things here. But they all center around achieving full mary glory!
Finish my first marathon.
That’s it. That’s all I want. When that’s over, I’ll solidify some more goals. I have a couple in mind, but they all depend on whether or not I cross the finish line at Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle on June 25.
Mentally, I know I can do it. I feel like, if I had to, I could do it tomorrow. (Don’t worry. I know, physically, that would be a disaster.) Now, it’s just a matter of staying healthy. No shin splints. No fractures.
There are some smaller goals that I want to go for, too:
Lose 15 more pounds by the end of March.
Right now, I’m hovering just under 160 pounds. It’s not bad, but at 5’7”, I’d like to be closer to 145 to make running the long distances easier on my body. Heck, I’d take just under 150 at this point. I’ve sort of stalled out since my trip to Florida in November. I managed to keep my weight in check over the holidays, but now I want to get back on the “losing” wagon. And I want to get the weight down and stable before the end of marathon training — when it’s important to eat “enough.”
I’m sort of frustrated with the weight thing, actually. I am wearing this BodyBugg thing and it appears I am in a calorie deficit almost every day, but no loss. I’ve gained or stayed the same. I feel like Jillian is shaking her head at me and claiming I’m “throwing” my weigh-ins, but I swear I am not! (Did you see Dan and Don last night? What was that all about?) I will be meeting with a “coach” from the program to see what’s up with that.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a time in mind for the marathon. I don’t know if I’ll share it. But, really, if I don’t hit that time, I’ll still be just fine with simply finishing the full 26.2 miles. It’s my first one and I don’t want to ruin the experience with unrealistic expectations. There are just too many uncontrollable factors.
But after the marathon, I’d like to improve my 13.1 time. I’m thinking something close to 2:00:00. A girl can dream, can’t she?!
What was up with Dan and Don last night? Both gaining 9 lbs? I wish they would show more of what these people eat during the week. I feel like that's a key part that we are missing out on.I so wish I could be in Seattle on 6/25 to watch you finish and reach your goal! We'll be in Sun River, since I don't always get my way around here. So excited for your first marathon!
Those are some great goals!! Mine are very similar. At the beginning of Jan I was 160lbs by my next half marathon at the end of feb I intend to be 15lbs less. I just want to be faster. I'm not comfortable running at 160. Good luck to you! I am excited for your first marathon. You are going to rock it!!
They are VERY similar to my goals, but mine is a half in June. I need to loose about 15-20 lbs left from baby in the process. But as I have started running, it is coming off. I would say the major thing for me is cutting out fluids… just water for me thats it. That allows me to EAT so much more to fuel myself. I never go hungry and my weight keeps coming off.
You can do it Kerrie!!! And for sure, I tell you if you get down a few more pounds your pace will fall. You're right, the weight is hard on our bodies! You will be less likely to have injury an dractrues too!! Keep doing what you are doing and you will see the benifit!! I know it!!! And speed is good! I was doing Hal higdon's intermediate plan and gained a lot of speed. I bet you could incorporate some of the speed work in you current plan. Intervals and tempos and sprints work wonders. I swear by it!!! don't give up and goal #1 can be to finsih the 26.2 but goal #2 can be to hit a certain time!!! Go for it!!!!
Your weight loss goal is so similar to mine. I'm 5'8″ and hover around 158 most days… I'd love to be 145. It's been my end goal for the last *gulp* three years but 2011 I'm going to get it done, preferably in the first few months!
you can do it!! I see you crossing the line now.
I was shocked at the 9 pound gain!
My first marathon was the inagural Rock N' Roll in Seattle and it was GLORIOUS! I didn't have a set time (well, of COURSE I did!) but I just wanted to finish! Enjoy each and every step because the journey is JUST as rewarding as the run!Each marathon since, I have improved my time and am now shooting/training for my first BQ! Happy Running!
Great goals. I have faith that you can get all your goals done. It wouldve been cool to run RnR that day. I will say to not worry about your time. There are and will be already way too many things that will seem daunting and challenging and insurmountable, and to place a goal time on top of that is too much. It will be impressive that you run a marathon, period, not that you run one in x:xx:xx. Besides, that's what will make your subsequent marathons fun, trying to beat that time.
I think it's great that you're keeping your goals realistic. I have a feeling you're going to kick butt in the marathon!