I believe one of these videos was posted within our Ragnar Relay team's chat pages and I found it so funny I had to look up more. This one is one of my favorites:
Here lately I've been thinking myself quite insane indeed. Why? Because I am running a marathon. Shocking news, I know! Let's step back a bit. Do you all remember the Jack Rector Beacon 25k? After I finished that run, I was convinced that I could run a marathon, and that is essentially all it took to make me decide that I would run a marathon. Don't get me wrong, I had a terrible time of it the last couple miles of that run, but I had not properly trained and was not at all prepared. Because of these minute details, I was convinced even further that I could run a marathon; if I can run 15.5 miles with little training, then surely I could run 26.2 with aggressive training!
From this point on, I continued with my running and Zumba instructing, all the while the prospect of running a marathon became the pinnacle of everything I had worked towards. I became more and more excited and when my SIL told me she and her friend were thinking about running a marathon in San Antonio in November, I told her I was in! I stayed excited for quite some time after this decision, then suddenly, once the time had come to register, I became irrationally terrified. Not irrational because running a marathon is a piece of cake, but irrational because I know I can do it. I made a post about my terror to my Ragnar Relay team and they told me all the stuff I already know.... "Just do it." and such, but apparently I needed to hear it, or else I needed to post about it so I would have some accountability. How am I supposed to tell my Ragnar Relay team that I bitched out of running a marathon? I mustn't, I can't, and I won't. (One of the few times that it's okay to utter these words). So I registered for the marathon, now taking place in Tulsa as opposed to San Antonio (for timing purposes) and am in my second week of training. During my freak out, our Ragnar team captain, Rik, offered to call me and go over my training plans. This phone call helped quite a bit, actually. He has run 4 marathons, now, and gave me great advice, helped me alter my training plan to be more manageable and even suggested a few things to help with my knee pain. One suggestion was Yoga for Runners, I still haven't started this yet. =/ But I intend to this week. I did, however, start doing some exercises for my IT band that seem to be helping. Since registering for the marathon, my terror has ebbed, but I do go back and forth between nervousness and excitement. "Why be so nervous?", one might ask. Well, one morning I stumbled upon marathon finishes on Youtube; I spent the entire morning watching videos like this one and psyching myself out. Probably not entirely healthy for my marathon training mentality.
While I am still nervous... I believe my excitement is starting to predominate again. I have a friend that is not running the marathon with us, but wants to do the long runs with me during training and she actually runs about my pace! I'm SUPER excited about that! The runs she can't make I can run with the OKC Landrunners, but it's nice to actually have an unofficial running partner! Most of the runners I know locally are fast runners, or not long distance runners, so it's been kind of a bummer thinking about doing those 14+ mile training runs by myself. Speaking of training, I have my training plan in order, I might try to make it a habit to post it every week to help keep track and to keep myself accountable. Last week was my unofficial start; according to Hal Higdon's training plan it's a week early and I'm a few long runs ahead of the OKC Landrunners so I wasn't as strict as I hope to be throughout the rest of my training. On the schedule I had two 3 mile runs, one 5 mile run and one 6 mile run. I ended up doing one 3.3 mile run, one 2.6 mile run and one 10 mile run. So a bit more than a mile short. Not a great start, I admit, but there was lots going on last week. This week, I have one 5 mile run, two 3 mile runs and a 12 mile run on the agenda. (I've adapted Hal Higdon's training plan and the OKC Landrunner's plan to add in some extra mileage. I have an extra 18 mile run in there and I made one of the 20 mile runs a 22 mile run.) Below is a summary of what I have been doing as far as workouts go:
So, there you go. I am running a marathon. I am a runner and it is fun. I am fucking insane. This is one aspect of insanity I feel privileged and proud to take part in. I thank God for my strong body, the determination to keep going forth with new goals and bouts of insanity, and especially the awesome people to share this special part of my life with. ;)