Here We Go Again … Marathon Training Starts NOW …

This Is MY Strong from Saucony by Row. I LOVE THIS!!!

It’s hard to believe – kind of – that marathon training started again for me today.  I still can’t believe that I was dumb enough to sign up to run another marathon, especially when openly stated at the last one I ran that, “I am NEVER running one of these effing things ever again!!!”  Okay, never mind that I said that 2 times before also.  But seriously, what the heck was I thinking?  I wasn’t thinking.  When I signed up for CIM (the California International Marathon), I remember that I got kind of to the end of the registration and I thought it would ask me, “Are you sure?  Are you really sure?”  It didn’t.  The next page just said, “Congratulations, you are registered!”  Wait!  Whaaaaat?  Dang.  I’m not one of those girls who’ll let their hard earned dollars go down the drain so … There’s NO backing out now.

This is a *small* pile of my running reading ...

Five months.  I’m giving myself FIVE  L O N G months to get my legs, my body, my mind into top condition to get this done.  I’m taking my time.  It’s going to be a little bit different this year.  This year I’m training without a coach.  Last year was the only year that I trained with a coach.  My training in previous years were haphazard as I had absolutely NO clue what I was doing, and I thought that just running would be enough.  This year, I know a little bit.  I read a few books, looked up a few plans, then grabbed my calendars and I put together a crazy little plan of attack for me.  Then I set some goals, and decided I’m going for it.  I’m going to do the best that I can, and along the way I am going to illicit the help of several people – although they don’t quite know it yet.

My feet getting H-Wave Therapy! Can you hear them sighing relief?

This year I’m gonna make sure my body is taken care of.  That means seeing my favorite Chiropractor, Dr. Brian Crawford, every month or more if needed.  I’ve also lined up a masseuse – kind of.  I bought a whole bunch of  Groupons to various massage therapists, and I have a few thatMy Sauconys!  My feet LOVE these shoes! were given to me as gifts.  I’m going to make sure that my feet are WELL taken care of – that means H-Wave therapy, foot massages, A.R.T., orthotics, ice, training in the “right” shoes which for me are Saucony Triumphs and Saucony Kinvaras, and getting physical therapy.  I’m going to eat right 75 – 80% of the time.  I know that I can’t be 100% and I’m not going to lie.  I love my occasional pastry – this is part of taking care of my body, right?  NOT everyday, just enough to satisfy the cravings when I have them.  I’m going to cross train – with my favorite Krav Maga, spinning with Rodger,  resistance train – with P90X, or at the gym.  I’m gonna work my core until it’s just about shredded!!!  I got my Twitter posse – so many to name, and my Local Girls – Mac, Mel, Cory, and Judy – who are all running CIM with me – to hold me accountable.  And I’m going to read, write, talk running to whoever will listen …

Am I ready?  I’m ready to start training.  As far as the marathon goes … I’ve got time.  But we all know that time just flies when we’re having so much FUN!!!  I’m going to do this.  You know me … Once decided, I will find a way, any way, to get it DONE!

Cory and I - Day 1. 5 miles. DONE!

Anyone care to join me on this crazy adventure?  I can assure you that it will be a wild and fun-filled ride … Com’mon … Who wants to put in some serious mileage?  Let’s goooooo … !!!

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