Marathon training officially kicked off this week. It is crazy to me that a girl who hates running would commit to something like a 26.2 mile race but I am financially committed to the DC Rock N’ Roll Marathon on March 14th, 2015 and I will take it as my greatest challenge to date! The phrase YOLO is something that is often thrown around with college parties, doing crazy and often stupid things – but to me running a marathon can be summed up with the phrase – YOLO.
I look at it this way – yes 26.2 miles is a staggeringly long distance. The farthest distance I have run to date straight is 6 miles and that was Friday but I know I can do it. Talking with a lot of people that have run marathons they say if you can run five you can physically run the marathon. I have to look at this as a personal challenge because the marathon is not a physical battle but a mental one. I know that the energy of the crowd will propel me through the first half and then it will be me vs. my mind the second half. Right now I feel like I am in the best endurance shape of my life – I have always been training for something and why not train for the biggest race of my life and the biggest mental battle. My body is not getting any younger.
Going into training, I know there are going to be challenges I have to overcome, the first being, it’s Buffalo from November – March. What was I thinking – it snows, it gets below freezing so I know that I have to be prepared for a lot of treadmill work in the coming months. At least there is a plus side, it will be college basketball season and there will be awesome games to watch as I run! I find I run best on the treadmill when I cover up the time on the machine, have a towel with me, have Netflix going on my iPad and then read the subtitles on the TV in front of the machine. Since I do not have changing scenery to distract me I have to distract my brain with multi-tasking.
Another thing that I am going to have to combat is the holiday season. With my family traveling to NYC for Thanksgiving this year, making sure I get those runs in will be key! And then for Christmas, I will not have access to my gym and my mother lives out in the woods which means home treadmill work it is!
Another thing will be working around my coaching season with practices and games. I am coaching two teams: a JV team and a 5th and 6th grade team for the private school right near my house so making sure I find the time to get the runs in without over stretching myself with my day job at M&T and budding coaching career is going to be a challenge. I will have to decide whether waking up at 440 to hit the gym right when it opens at 5 is better than sleeping until 6 to get into work by 7 and running after practice at 6. It will really depend on my mood; however, thankfully none of the long runs will be affected by my crazy schedule as they all take place on the weekends – my team is lucky, we will always have late Saturday practices if we have them so I don’t have to worry about getting the run in after practice.
Finally, I am going to have to make sure that I am drinking water regularly throughout the day. Whether I am running in the morning or at the end of the day it is going to be so important to focus on staying hydrated and thanks to my Resource Water from Influenster, I am set to take on the day at work, during practice, during my runs and throughout my daily life. Running takes a lot out of you but water can help you get it back. My plan for the race is to start experimenting with gels and water now as I start to get into those longer runs. I am not much of a Gatorade girl so water is going to vital to my training and progress!
In 18 weeks when I cross that finish line in DC with my cousins and one of my best friends I will know I have beaten myself and my mind. I don’t care what time I get – though it would be great to hit under 4, more realistic will be under 430 – I just want to finish without stopping. This is one time my mind will not get the best of me!
I received the Resource water complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes as part of the #ModaVoxBox!