. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Marathon Update

June 18, 2014

Marathon Update

I am in official marathon training mode.  One week down.  Seventeen more to go. 

My emotions go back and forth between excitement and "what was I thinking?"  They can change by the minute while I'm running.  

Today I ran before Chris left for work and he asked how many miles and I said "just three."  Which is a good sign that three is becoming "just three."  And it felt short and relatively easy.  Victory.  Victory.  


I've been using the hal higdon marathon training app and I really like it.  $10 well spent.  I've never run with a GPS during training before and I'm not sure why not.  It tells you your pace and distance and how many calories you've burned, which is really helpful when you can rationalize eating two desserts that night.  I love looking at all the miles I've done so far and get excited thinking about looking at in a few months from now.
 
The only thing not good about this is my OCD with wanting to cross off each training day.  I'm going at this training knowing I won't be able to do each day and don't want to be as intense with checking days off the list as I was the last times.  This app makes me want to though.  

Speaking of second desserts, I am determined to eat healthier during these next few months.  When I trained for the marathon the other two times I maybe lost two pounds.  One reason is I think your body gets used to running and running and doesn't have to work as hard.  There's no guessing in what you're doing, so your body gets used to it.  (Unlike doing P90x, which I did one summer and lost more weight doing that, as I think you're targeting all muscles and doing a variety of things.)  However the other reason is because I justified eating way more.  Second dinner before a long run day?  Yep.  Junk food after a long run?  Yes.  Now you better believe me that I will reward myself with some extra desserts and will be eating more to fuel up for big runs.  BUT I want to eat healthy overall and if I'm putting my body and energy into training, I want to reap some benefits of it and not cancel it out by eating crappy. 


Shoes.  Not sure if it's because I'm out of shape, old or that my shoes suck, but my ankles and knees have been bothering me.  I've always always been an asics fan and love the look of these shoes, but may need to try out another pair.  I'm not sure if they're supportive enough. 

I don't always listen to music when I run because I like it quiet sometimes.  However I do think I run faster with music and as the runs get longer I think I need it.  I've been listening to Pandora and usually have it on Katy Perry station, which has good upbeat, run worthy songs.  I only have to give the thumbs down every so often.  


I apologize if my running pics on instagram get annoying.  But it gives my over Addilyn sharing a break, plus it actually is good motivation to run and run faster if I'm going to be sharing it.  And it's some good, needed encouragement received after.   Thank goodness for instagram filters though.  
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20 comments:

Arielle Thibodeaux said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

If you're getting new shoes, I highly recommend doing this quiz http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe-finder/shoe-advisor. It gives you recommendations based on how you strike, support, etc. I did this when I started running and got the perfect shoes!! Good luck with the training :)

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Linnea said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Great job Katie!!

Denise said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Praying for you, and cheering you on. Love your shoes.

kateprs said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Awesome progress, Katie! I'm trying to get back into running, and I'm having a terrible time going two miles without stopping (although I can log much more if I take walking breaks). Keep up the great work, and enjoy those desserts! You earned them!

Kate @ A Journey in Style

shelleystursma said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm training for a half, and it's not easy for me. Thanks for the encouraging post.

Kristin said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I think you're doing a fantastic job!
When I started working out a lot, I ate less junk because I didn't want to cancel out my efforts.

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You are such an inspiration! Go girl!!!

Kayla MKOY said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You are SO inspiring, girlfriend!! Don't ever apologize for "too many running pictures" ;) you're amazing!! I'm so proud of ya.

Simply LKJ said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Good for you girlfriend! Keep up the good work.

Curious Runner said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Woohoo! you're doing a marathon, how cool! Look forward to all the updates and insta pics :) Happy training xx

The Lady Okie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Looks and sounds like you're doing awesome so far! It's even crazier when it becomes "just" 10 miles :) we're all nuts!

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Great job! You're doing awesome! And the Insta shares aren't annoying at all. I say whatever motivates you, keep it up!

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Great job! You're doing awesome! And the Insta shares aren't annoying at all. I say whatever motivates you, keep it up!

Allison said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

You are awesome!!! I hope I can get some motivation after I have this baby to do something like a marathon. Oh my. And such a great feeling to say "just three miles" when that alone is a huge accomplishment to most people!

TheTinyHeart said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Good for you, Katie!! I can barely run down the block so I'm so impressed by anyone that runs :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Erin LFF said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm looking forward to following along with your training- bring on the IG pics, girl! ;) Hal Higdon has some great info out there-- I used his plans when I did my first ever 5k years ago!

Leigh said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Congrats on signing up and training for a marathon! It's no joke or walk in the park. I recently switched from Asics to Brooks...and I would recommend Brooks if you want to try out another brand

Carly Kaczmarek said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I am by no means a runner, but I do try to do the occasional walk/jog and had major knee, shin and feet issues. I went to a running shoe store where they watched me walk and recommended shoes and insoles which have made a big difference. I'd recommend it for you! :)

J and A said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Super mom. So proud of you.