Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thinking like an athlete!

In the middle of my training for my first 1/2 Marathon, I decided I would do a practice 1/2 Marathon (Hippie Chicks) that is scheduled for May 12th. I can't believe that I've been training for over 8 weeks now. That is a amazing! Last Sunday I hit my all time high of running 8 miles. Never done that before and if I would have had more time that day, I could have kept going!! I felt great!!

I researched the course for the Hippie Chicks 1/2 Marathon and found out that it's flat, which is good. So for that weeks training (5/12), I should be running about 9.5 miles. So 13.1 miles, for this race, will be a stretch. I am going to try to run the whole thing, that will be my focus, but if I can't make it, it will be OK to walk. As I don't want to injure myself or push myself too hard, as my main focus will be on my big race which will be on June 9th, (Helvetia 1/2 Marathon). By June 9th, I should be fully prepared to really run this one! Can't wait!!!

I find that I'm thinking more and more like an athlete! Not only am I training my body, but I'm trying to figure out this nutrition thing. Right now I'm working with my Nutritionist and she's helping me learn how to fuel my body for workouts and for the 1/2 Marathons. 

Also learning to rest my body and listen to it if I have pain. I have grown to really love ice! When something is hurting I ice it, rest and take ibuprofen. This is a big step for me, because in the old days if I had pain, I would just push through it. Now I take care of it. Oh and important for me, I really need my rest!

I guess that's it for now. I am enjoying the journey and looking forward to new things coming my way!!

How are you doing?

Keep focused!!!!


  1. Your running is so inspiring to me! I hope one of these days I can think like an athlete too!

  2. Good for you. The only way I'd do a marathon would be if I could do it like children. Run 25.1 miles during the month and one mile on the actual race day. I'm just not a runner.

    I'm glad you found what works for you.

  3. You are doing so well! Imagine training for a marathon, that's just so crazy good!

  4. I find running races easier than running my training runs. There is something about group energy that helps you overcome fatigue and, lets face it, boredom on longer runs. You will love your half, I am sure.

  5. That's so awesome that you are training for a half marathon. I remember crossing the finish line when I did my first one - it's such a great feeling. You can do it!

  6. I'm hangin' in there, but my personal trainer is killing me! And just like you said when we talked...he's helping me to do things I never would have thought I could do.

    I'm so proud of you friend!!! YOU ARE AMAZING!

    Love and more love!