I DECIDED. And you better hold me to it. First, thank you all for the suggestions regarding me wanting to jump the marathon gun and run one sooner than what I had planned. The thing is…I don’t like to wait. I know I’ve shared this with you all before.
However, I think I will stick with the plan and my first full will be Seattle Rock N Roll on June 25. I gotta be smart about this and not get carried away (even though I want to run ALL those races you suggested).
BUT I did get an idea on my run with Mel yesterday (two lunch runs in ONE week!). AFTER the marathon, and IF I don’t injure myself, I will train for a sub-2 half (You Go Girl in September). I asked Mel if she’d be my coach today and she said YES. Am I weird for being excited about speed training?
We chatted about training quite a bit on our run, which was 4.25 miles for me and, I think, turned out to be 7 for her. It’s so awesome having a buddy near work! (I totally dressed for rain, though, and it was sunny! I was having wardrobe issues. I will post on those soon.) We also talked about speed training. Even a bunny hopped out of the berry bushes and sped along side us for a few paces. She knew what we were talkin’ about.
SPEAKING OF SPEED. Dorothy at Mile Posts had a great post (“Speed is a State of Mind”) HERE. Go read it, then come back. She totally hit the nail on the head. Speed is, of course, different for everyone. Paces in the 10’s once were quick for me, then it moved up to the 9’s and now it’s the 8’s.
The other thing about speed is you have to test yourself. See what you are capable of. I never used to do that. But the Jeff Galloway plan I’m using HERE has me running a mile time trial about every 4 weeks — run a mile as fast as I can without puking. Without these, I never would’ve known I could do a mile in the 8’s! Super excited that I have one these this weekend. Looking forward to it!
BY THE WAY. I still plan on doing Fundraising Fridays, but maybe not every week as I think it can get a bit overwhelming. So many good causes to give to, so little money to give. I know. But I may just sneak it in a post like this one:
Please go over to Marlene’s blog, Mission to A(nother) Marathon, and help her raise money HERE for Camp Oochigeas. Marlene’s running to raise funds for the third consecutive year in honor of her good friend’s son, Nolan. Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer with a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.
AND A FAVOR. Okay, this is where I ask you to donate your votes. 2Toms, the company that makes awesome products like ButtShield, is having a contest on Facebook. Go to their wall HERE, scroll down to find my post about my first full marathon and click “Like.”
You might have to go back a page or two, but just look for my little icon (see below) next to “Mom vs. Marathon”! If I win I will share the prize: a year supply of 2Toms products!
ONE MORE THING. So those of you who wanted bumper stickers…
They are coming. The thing is…well, I didn’t think this through very well. The bumper stickers don’t fit in your standard envelope. I’ve been looking everywhere for extra-long envelopes, but am not having much luck. Anyway, as soon as I find a solution, they will be in the mail. Sorry for the delay! I mean, I know you were losing sleep over it and all. 😉
RUN FAST! Good luck with your races and runs this weekend!