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Friday, June 8, 2012

6 Months Until I'm a Marathoner!

I have literally been having to keep myself away from social media for fear of not being able to keep my mouth shut about this. I'M RUNNING MY FIRST FULL MARATHON 6 MONTHS FROM TODAY!!! Registration for Rocket City Marathon opened on Memorial Day and you better believe that as soon as we crossed the finish line for the Cotton Row 5K I was busy registering on my iPhone on active.com.



At the end of 2011 I made what seemed to be a crazy decision at the time to be a part of the 12 in 2012 team and run 12 half marathons this year. By the time March rolled around I was already toying with the idea of running Rocket City on December, 8, 2012, as my first full marathon. As I started to come into my own as a runner I realized that long distance running is where I am most comfortable. I may never be as speedy as Allan but stick me outside or on a treadmill with some blue Gatorade and my GU chomps and I feel like I can run forever or at least until I'm out of Gatorade and GU chomps. No need for music-somehow I manage to entertain myself and stay focused on my form and my breathing without getting bored.



Listening to my body is something I've always been good about doing and aside from a few injuries in high school that were more accidents than anything I've been fortunate to avoid injury. I'm hoping this will hold true in the coming months as I push my body to run longer distances and run without as many rest days in between. To say I am excited about running a marathon is an understatement! It's been on my mind constantly these past two weeks. Here's to lots of miles, gallons of Gatorade, and no injuries in the next 6 months!

Marathoners: Any tips or advice would be much appreciated!
Anyone else running a race of any distance for the first time this year?


33 comments:

  1. Whew! Awesomeness. I cannot wait to follow your training. I've only complete 1 marathon so far - but I do start my training for marathon 2 this weekend.

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  2. I can run outside without music, but on the treadmill? Not so far! If you can manage that, you can run a marathon!

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  3. Wowza!! That will be awesome

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  4. Yay!!!! You'll have a blast training for the marathon! My advice would be to drink like a fish while running, and refuel smart when you're done.

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  5. SO exciting! I love your attitude going into it, I was terrified for my first! I don't know what tips I could give you since you are a pretty experienced runner. I did dedicate each one of the last six miles during my first marathon to a family member so I focused on thinking about that person during "their" mile and it somewhat helped me get through the pain. When do you start training?

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  6. So exciting!! You're going to do great.

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  7. Congratulations on signing up for your first marathon! How exciting! I have to say, though, I am envious of the no-injury thing.... It seems I am always fighting something or other. :)

    No advice, just enjoy the journey and don't freak out if you fall off you training plan. Oh yeah - and come up with a training plan. :)

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  8. Wahoo!!! This is great news!! Can't wait to follow your training! You'll rock-et...get it? ;)

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  9. I am so excited for you!! There is nothing more exciting than your first marathon! My only advise would be to train properly and don't miss those long runs!!

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  10. YAY!! I'm so happy for you!

    We're also doing our first marathon this year, I can't wait to compare notes.

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  11. I'm so excited for you!! Good luck with your training. :) My only advice is to stick to your plan and have fun with it. Don't let it become a chore. It will be difficult at times, but just. keep. going.

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  12. How exciting!

    I have no advice- just lots of encouragement =)

    No plans for a race this year. I wanted to run the Hana Relay which is pretty intense but sounds like fun. But I haven't been training at all.

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  13. Yay,how exciting! You will love it, marathon running is so much fun (even if it doesn't feel that way at times). My best advice is to listen to your body and don't be afraid to take it easy/rest if that's what it is telling you. Also figure out what works best for you before race day (food, fuel, recovery, etc) and don't change. Training is the time to experiment.

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  14. WOOHOOO so excited that you'll be doing a full marathon!!

    My best advice is to listen to your body-- take rest days, at least a couple per week! I usually take 2-3 (and sometimes 4) days off per week and I think it has helped me stay injury free.

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  15. How exciting - I am running my first in January and can't wait!!! I'm so nervous, though!!

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  16. i am so excited for you!!! can't wait to follow along!

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  17. SQUEEEEE!!! You go, Suz! My only advice is to take those long runs as slow and easily as possible and remember my Coach's advice: Do Not Let Ego Over Rule Good Judgement! And you've got this thing!!!

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  18. That was my first full last year! I'll be running it again this year. Hope to see you there!

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  19. THIS IS GREAT! Congrats! I know, pulling the trigger is tricky exciting and nerve wracking!!! My advice is take everything in stride. What matters is that you become a finisher. Missed a 4 mile tempo run? You'll still run a marathon. Get a cold and miss almost a week of running? You'll still run the marathon (This actually happened.) So, take everything in stride and do the best you can! You'll be GREAT!

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  20. WOW!!!!!!!!! You are going to rock it!!!! I cant wait to follow your training!!!

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  21. I am toying with the idea of running a full before the year end. I am held back by the time it will take to train, but I want to do it sooo bad!

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  22. Good luck! I love the race but training is the most fun for me!!!

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  23. sooo exciting!! congrats! what program are you going to follow? my advice-listen to your body, don’t over do it, enjoy it all :)

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  24. I'm so excited for you Suz! This is incredible! I'm going to have to check out that race now - I am hoping to add a late fall marathon to the schedule and this would be a fun excuse to see you!
    :)

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  25. That's awesome!! I only ran one, so I don't have much advice... although I only ran one 20 miler and didn't feel like it was quite enough, so I'd aim for at least 2. I remember being SO excited, too! :) Visiting from FF!

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  26. YAY!!! This is exciting and awwesome! Glad to hear YOU are ready to run one since it's important for YOU to be ready for it! Umm, I guess a couple of our suggestions would be utilize the McMillan calculator to know what speed you need to be doing all of your runs at. And consider whatever plan you use maybe making your last long run longer. I forget now how far we went, but we at least did a 22 mile run. Maybe think about if you are satisfied with only going as far as 20 miles in a training run or if you want to get a little bit closer to the actual distance of a full.

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  27. Suz, that is awesome! You are going to have a great time! It's such a proud moment when you cross the finish line of your first marathon!

    I am thinking about doing a 50k trail race this year! I really love the trail culture and think I am ready to tackle it!

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  28. 6 months will go by quickly! Enjoy the journey.

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  29. very awesome girl!! you will rock your marathon!

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  30. Yaaaaay! Congrats! This is so exciting!!!! You'll do great and I'm exactly the same, I love long distances…even if I'm not the speediest :)

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