Over My Head, Out of My Mind

Recently, my best friend and I decided to run a marathon on February 28, 2015. To prepare myself for that race, I also decided to run a half marathon on October 26, 2014.

Shortly after I made these decisions, the magnitude of what I had done just set in.photo-1

^”Hello, internet! This is my panic face.”

I’ve decided to start a blog about it because:
a.) I am scared I will chicken out and need the accountability of the interwebs;
b.) I had never run more than 2.7 miles before 2 weeks ago (I also enjoy Netflix binging with my husband way too much) and need advice from others on how to get through this undertaking;
c.) I am learning a lot about the sport of running and want to share everything I am picking up along the way.

Mainly, when I do this, I want other people to know they can do it, too, and have the tools to succeed (spelled out in layman’s terms).

 

So this first post is really simple. Running is a strange new thing to me (I mean, really, I did not know there were special running socks, or these “chews” you have to eat on long runs, or that T-shirts are a less-than-desirable running apparel choice). Many things associated with running culture can be difficult to decode or understand, but I also find running very freeing, at the same time, so I want to understand all of it and become a better runner/be able to achieve my goals.

I’m looking forward to this journey and I hope you, whomever you are, will join me for the ups, downs, ins and outs of it.

3 thoughts on “Over My Head, Out of My Mind

  1. That is a great goal to work towards. I tip my hat off to anyone who trains for a marathon. I’ll be honest; I have no desire to ever run 26.2 miles. I think the biggest challenge isn’t running the marathon, but the dedication to training has to be hard-core. Anyone I’ve talked to that has run one has said the same thing.

    I did train and run a 5K back in 2009. I was in amazing shape the day I ran the 5K. Afterwards I took about a month off and started running again. The thing is instead of easing back into it, I did too much too soon, which lead me to hurt myself. I haven’t been able to run since then. I have finally been addressing my problem, but still have a ways to go. I miss running. There was something very free about those 35-45 minute runs, and during that time everything else left me.

    I say all that to say this. The best advice I can give you is to take your time and don’t rush the process. I am not sure what your current level of fitness is, but you have plenty of time to prepare for a marathon. The key is to listen to your body and don’t increase your mileage too soon. If there is a running store close to where you live, it would be a good place to make some connections.

    If you ever need to bounce anything off someone one, let me know.

    Again, I wish you and your friend the best!
    Jared

    1. Thanks, Jared. I appreciate the good vibes and support and I’ll be sure to let you know if I have any questions. Increasing mileage too much, too soon is probably what I’m most worried about, but I think I’ve put together a calendar that shouldn’t be too rough. Time will tell. Best wishes to you as well – I see you’re working on meeting some fitness goals yourself!

      1. Welcome Sarah! I have heard from people that you should only increase your mileage 5 or 10% weekly. I think as long as the calendar you put together doesn’t have any huge jumps you should be fine. Remember, Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast! Cool, I will help any way I can.

        Thank you for the kinds words in return! I have some goals I am working hard towards and one long term goal is to start running again!

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