Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Training has begun

This past Saturday marked 16 weeks till the next race I'm in. My friend and I are going all out. She's never finished a marathon so we are going go for the whole enchilada: 26.2 miles. Yep, I have lost my mind as a matter of fact. But ironically, running is where I usually find it long enough to keep going in the craziness of life. I often joke that I run because I'm too clutzy to participate in any other sport, but the fact is that I really love it. I know I function better in every way when I make the time to do this, and I'm grateful that after law school was done, that Eric has been willing to support me for the last 8 years of off and on long-distance training and running. I'm also grateful for my friend Ken who lit the fire in my belly when he and a couple of other guys in our ward were training for a marathon in 1999 and I thought to myself-are there no women in the ward who are doing this? Then it became a challenge. I did that first one with no real research, no training partner, and even without decent shoes. I quickly learned about the shoes (they are worth every single penny that you have to spend) and have also learned the value of trusting in someone else's expertise, so I train using proven techniques. I complain at times that it hasn't helped me to lose any of my baby weight, but I have to say that I'm sure it has helped me to stay at a stable weight in spite of genes and eating like a mom for all these years (I can't possibly waste this half-eaten sandwich, and it won't keep, so I'd better just eat it...)
Anyway, just for my own little brain, I've put up a countdown and I'm going to keep track of my training miles. It's not meant to brag or bore, but this is part of my journal now, so, bear with me.

12 comments:

  1. Whoa Kellie, that is impressive and wonderful!! Best wishes to you for all the training! I love the part about "eating like a mom" - how true that is!! I really need to resist the urge to finish off uneaten pb&js.:)

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  2. What a wonderful goal. I know you'll do great. :-)

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  3. Yay, I'm glad you're such a good runner. You'd think I'd love it too, since about 2/3 of my entire extended family are avid runners, but I'll just stick to my 2-3 miles per day routine--after the baby anyway. Right now I'm lucky if I move around at the gym or home enough to work up a sweat! Good luck with your training.

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  4. Good for you Kellie. This is fabulous.

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  5. that's fantastic! i keep thinking i need a goal like that, like training for a 5k or something to get me moving. but i still haven't committed to anything and here i sit at the computer instead of exercising in my spare minutes. :) i'm looking forward to living vicariously through your training.

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  6. That is so amazing! Best of luck to you! I hope you are having a great Holiday season!

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  7. I knew you were a runner, but a marathon is taking it to the next level! Wow! I've always played around with doing one and then I think, 26 miles?? If you really wanted to lose weight, have you thought of mixing in interval training? It could help your marathon too, I think.

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  8. You are amazing. I'm impressed with myself if I run for 5 minutes on the treadmill. Good luck on your training -- you're now motivating all of us to get off our backsides and start moving. Maybe in January......

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  9. you are so awesome, my friend. definitely post about your progress because i need to get back into the (exercise) game and you are an inspiration! my knees hurt just thinking about all those miles!!

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  10. You go, girl. That's awesome.

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  11. You go, girl! yay for you!

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  12. i agree that the shoes make all the difference. not that I've ever run a crazy long race myself, but seeing what my ever-running-brother does to his shoes I concur. :)

    I'm excited for you! and want to soak up some of your enthusiasm to get me in the exercising mode and shed the extra 5 lbs of previosly shed baby weight I gained BACK after the holiday chocolates were consumed...

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