I am NOW officially training for a FULL MARATHON! I just completed my 3rd half marathon on Saturday in Memphis and it was GREAT!! It was so much fun and the route was VERY scenic. There were 6 of us that stuck together so we chatted the whole way and it made the time pass by really fast.
What a pleasure it was to complete it with 2 people (a husband and a wife) that this was their first 1/2 marathon. What an amazing accomplishement for them and to experience it with them was an unforgetable experience.
So now I will run 4 days a week, 3 short runs of 3-5 miles and one long run anywhere from 10-20 miles. Getting in the 4 days a week is going to be my biggest challenge. I have to MAKE it happen. I WILL NOT go into this marathon un prepared. My heart will get me through it b/c I have trained my cardivascular system to withstand the long endurance distances. So no problem there. Over time my legs and feet should be ready b/c of the training I will be doing. The only thing that might get in my way from time to time will be my MIND!! It really crazy what a mental battle this is with yourself. Running anything beyond 13 miles at this point just seems so difficult b/c that is the farthest distance I have gone so far. I have to take this just one week at a time. Looking at the overall picture is just to overwhelming for me right now.
Here is my plan for this week:
Tuesday - 4 mile run
Wednesday - 4 mile run
Thursday - 3 mile run
Friday - off
Saturday - 14 mile run
Sunday - off
Each of these nights I will spend 10 minutes before bed stretching. A friend from PNP that I met in Memphis shared the importance of stretching and shared some good stretches for runners so I am going to do that. Also, 3 days a week I will do some pushups, planks, supermans and this other lower back strengthening exercise. I really should be doing some upper body ST but I am just not certain I will get it in so I will do these few basic exercises to keep my upper body and core strong enough to complete the race.
Stay tuned for the next 14 weeks. I will keep you updated on my continued progress or lack there of.