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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thoughts on racing

I want to run a marathon. I mean I really, really want to run one! I think a lot of it has to do with seeing my dad running marathons as a kid. I've always been so proud/jealous of his determination.

I am extremely out of shape so a marathon is something I'll have to give myself plenty of time to train for. Today I decided to attempt to run a mile with Andy and my sister Sarah. It was brutal. I've ran it before and it's been fine but today I struggled with it. I don't feel sore or tired at all but I kept getting side stitches. Do you think it has anything to do with what I ate last night?

Dinner last night was BBQ. I had corn-on-the-cob, half a corn muffin, tri-tip, half a hot link sausage and an alcoholic beverage. (See why I wanted to run today?) I just wonder if the meat or alcohol contributed to the side stitches or if that is my body's way of telling me how out of shape it is.

Regardless, I am going to continue running. I'm actually not concerned with my time at all because I want to be able to say I completed something.

So I am thinking of starting small with a 5k. Sarah would you wanna run it with me?

I think running a marathon is going to take me way longer to train for than I expected. Boo.

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6 Comments:

At September 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Mari said...

Good luck!!!!!!! Take your time and listen to your body.

 
At September 20, 2009 at 4:25 PM , Anonymous Rachel said...

Training for something is an awesome feeling! Start with that 5K....it makes workouts so much better and not so, well, "workouty." Suddenly there's this bigger purpose!

And the book is great!! I think you'd get a lot out of it!

 
At September 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Erica said...

rock it girl! Running takes work but it is SO worth it! Grab a couch to 5k plan to start and then work your way up! You can totally do it

 
At September 20, 2009 at 6:53 PM , Anonymous Caroline said...

You could totally do it. I did my first last October and I NEVER thought I would be able to do that. It just takes training, if you have the motivation that's really all you need...and time :)

 
At September 20, 2009 at 7:12 PM , OpenID seesaraheat said...

You can so do it. It was this time two years ago that I decided I wanted to run. I followed a 10 week program that started out doing 2 minutes of running + 4 minutes of walking intervals. Each week the running increased and walking decreased. It sucked at first, but I stayed diligent with the training and it eventually got easier...and fun! I built my way up to running 30 minutes. Then I did some races: 5K, 10K, 10-miler and finally a half marathon.

I mostly stick to 5k's now but I'm thinking of doing another half eventually.

Just crossing that line, no matter how long it takes, is such a rewarding feeling. A total confidence booster. I wish you much luck and please holler if you need any advice!

p.s. I think the side stitch is from alcohol = dehydration. Just a guess though.

 
At September 20, 2009 at 8:41 PM , Blogger ABB said...

Hey there... I think you should definitely go for it but give yourself and your body plenty of time and patience. I find when I get a stitch I make my breathing a little shallower and try to limit the amount of movement in my upper body - that usually fixes it. You might want to do a google search. If you're serious about doing a mara, you should definitely do some research on training programs like Hal Higden (I can highly recommend this one) or Couch to 5K (and beyond...). Good luck - and beware - you'll get addicted quickly!

 

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