6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Footsteps of Legends

Wow oh Wow thank you for ALL the awesome encouragement. Bethany sent me the most AMAZING pep-talk email, Thank you Miss Bethany can't wait to give you a hug in Boston 2011:) And Thank You to EVERYONE for your positive vibes!! I plan to reread all the comments and emails if I can find a computer at the Hotel.

I have written and re-written this post, it is LONG and SAPPY so hang with me...

When I crossed the Finish Line of Marathon #1 I felt DEFEATED, DRAINED, TIRED and I said to Muscle Man "Never Let me do that Again!" And I meant it....in that moment I meant it 333%. The trouble with Marathon #1? I was so nervous and had put so much pressure on myself that my body (including bladder) totally gave out. I thought that two Half Marathons equalled a Marathon and I did not respect the distance.

Today less than a year later I have one sleep left to Marathon #2. And I feel AMAZING!! I am not nervous. I keep waiting for the nerves to come, but so far I remain excited and at peace. I have done all that I can to prepare for this, to prepare for the distance. This training cycle I have made some key changes.

1. I trained with a group, meeting friends and learning from coaches along the way. The enjoyment spent on the weekend long runs cannot be matched. I looked forward to the training and NEVER worried about the distance to come the following week.

2. I followed a detailed plan with hills, tempo runs, intervals, and 3 x 20+ runs with tempo pace at the end. I hit my paces and faster. I learned that I can hit negative splits and even hit a sub 8 minute mile after running 18+ miles. CONFIDENCE!

3. I BELIEVE!! Each run I have learned more about myself as a runner. I know that I can run through pain, weather and hills. I am strong and 26.2 is a challenge I have trained hard for.

16 Weeks through cold, rain, sore legs, high altitude of Colorado, 2+ weeks of sickness, yucky mid day ponytail at work, early mornings, sweaty spandex, missing my kids and hubby, pre-long run spagetti, morning peanut butter muffin, Gu's and chomps, huff and puff conversations and plugging in my Garmin with a smile..

Why do I want to Run the Eugene Marathon and Qualify for Boston? BECAUSE I CAN!!! The Athlete inside has something to prove..I pushed her aside for a long time and she is ready to shine.

****All I have to do on Sunday at 7AM PST is RUN. Put one foot in front of the other. Each step taking me closer and closer to the Finish Line. The only pressure is put there by me. I am not nervous, I am EXCITED! Excited because I have found my inner athlete and she is having FUN! Competing on my terms, with nothing and no one in my way.

  • Sunday morning with your coffee come track/stalk me.....You will know the result, but the story, that will come soon. Good or bad?? Anything can happen on Marathon day!!

    Go to the Eugene Marathon Website HERE and track #797

#797= Wife, Mother and Runner, whose limits are yet to be determined.

#797= Tall Mom on the Run about to PR and BQ!!

I will check in on the Flip side of 26.2. I will carry all of you with me along the way of my 26.2 VICTORY LAP, the end of 16 long weeks of amazing training/growing/learning. I am not intimidated, I am ready, I am TALL MOM and I am a MARATHONER!!! Running in the Footsteps of Legends...

52 comments:

MCM Mama said...

Woohoo!!! I'll be stalking you! You are going to run strong tomorrow! Have fun and ROCK.THAT.MARATHON!!!!

Teaching Heart Mom said...

Wow, great post. To be a mom and run a marathon is HUGE! I hope to do it someday and before I am 40 to just say, I did it. You are an inspiration!! Run On and Have Fun!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

You're awesome, Mel!!! Even though you just made me cry. =) Keep the inner peace, like you said, just one foot in front of the other. You have 3:38:33 to be with yourself, to focus on you and your strength, your hard work, all you have acomplished. You are strong mentally and THAT my friend will carry you strong to the end. I wish I could be there to cheer you on!!! I will be thinking of you the whole time (even if I am running the half here...I will be running for you!).

Rene' said...

Mel, i am in tears right now. you are going to do so awesome tomorrow, your strength is amazing. i will be looking for 797 tomorrow am on the web and then i will be looking for you in Boston next year!!! you can do it!!!!
good luck:) and big hugs!!!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Will definitely be checking in and cheering you on in spirit!! You are so going to rock this race!

Carly said...

Good luck!! You're going to be amazing!

Marlene said...

Most amazing post ever! I am saving this to re-read before my marathon because I am so inspired and motivated right now.

ASPIRE TO INSPIRE! Make us all proud!!!

RunKathyRun said...

Best post ever.....your energy, your enthusiasm, your inspiration - I can't wait to see you tomorrow at the finish line!

Laurie said...

Great post! You'll be amazing tomorrow. I'll yell super loud for you when you cruise by my house on your way to a BQ!

Lisa said...

Best wishes for a fun and fast race!

Leanne said...

Best of luck! I have enjoyed reading about this journey and I cant wait for the victory lap recap.

Tom, Lynette, and family said...

Just wanted to leave you a note letting you know how much I value you. I am so blessed that as adults we met again, and could form this wonderful friendship. I love you girl. You are going to do great tomorrow! Remember to HAVE FUN!!! Run. Blog. Inspire.

Aneta said...

good luck!!! woooohoooO!!!!!! lets go 797!!!! u can do it! u will rock it! yay!

marathonmaiden said...

i am so pumped after reading this! you are going to kick major booty!! go get this girl :)

I Run for Fun said...

Well said! Your confidence is inspiring. You are going to nail it. Good luck!

Emily said...

I am SO EXCITED to hear about your PR and BQ!! I ran with you MONTHS ago and knew you could do it THEN. Weeks more of training later? You're unstoppable! YOU'VE GOT THIS! Good luck!!!!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Thanks for the shout out :-) I'll be tracking you tomorrow! I will be running a race too but luckly I am 3 hrs ahead of u so I'll be able to track u! Good luck! Xoxo

Jenn said...

I am SO stalking and rooting for you! Best of luck and I know you'll do it!!!

gene said...

WHOOT WHOOT! I'll be stalking you from Vermont! Run strong, Tall Mom!

simplyrunningonfaith said...

If those mental thoughts creep in towards the end, think of all of us as the wind at your back pushing you forward! You got this :) Rock it, girl.

Trish said...

I'll be keeping track of you from Wisconsin sending you lots of good vibes! You've got this!!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

Oh man...I just teared up a little! You're going to ROCK it! I will definitely be stalking u tomorrow

Heather said...

I hope that you have a wonderful run..can't wait to hear how it goes. Hope to meet you in Boston...

Christy said...

What an AWESOME post! You'll be great!!!

run with Jill said...

You are awesome and you will finish a great race! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow AM.

Go Girl!

Navy Wife on a... said...

ooooh goosebumps! You cross that finish line with your arms UP!!!!! ok?

Respect the distance, and then make IT respect YOU.

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Tomorrow is your day! Enjoy every single moment of it. Take in every sight, every sound and every smell. You have worked hard for this, you are ready and you will ROCK THE RACE!!!!!

Jen said...

Praying for you!

Alinda said...

Enjoy your race! You will do awesome! I hope you have a great day and look forward to the victory lap/ blog entry!

Zoƫ said...

I'm so glad that you are at peace and just enjoying every second of this pre-race time so far! You really do not have anything to worry about because you are an INCREDIBLE athlete! And of course I'm going to get up at 7:00 to send more BQ vibes your way!!! GOOOOO #797!!!!

Alison said...

Awesome it sounds like you are so ready and excited, I will be following you tomorrow, I can't wait to hear how it goes!

ajh said...

You will be awesome! How wonderful that you are so confident. You will rock it.

Rachel said...

Good luck! I have no doubts that you're gonna rock this. So so so excited for you! Savor every moment : )

Robyn said...

Amazing post! Mentally you know you can do this and that's more than half the battle. Good luck!!

Madison M. said...

I absolutely LOVE this post! You sound so determined and confident and it just totally overjoyed me!! I am currently a little less than 2 months away from my very first marathon and your post has definitely refueld my fire to go out and accomplish it! I wish you the best of luck in your marathon, can't wait to read the after post :)

lindsay said...

i have said more than once that i am "never doing one of those again" after a marathon... we are such liars :)

good luck tomorrow!!

Steel Springs said...

You are ready! Great post. I'm looking forward to reading the race report.

Nicole Joy said...

Sooo excited for you! I know you're going to be great! I don't know how I missed that this is only your 2nd marathon? I guess I just feel like you are so pro I thought you were a vet. haha. Can't wait to see your results! :)

J said...

Good Luck Good Luck Good luck! Hope you run a great race!

Kayla said...

Good luck! I am a new runner and new follower and I love your blog! You'll do great tomorrow!

Melissa said...

Good luck! You are going to do awesome. I just know it. :)

Fantastic post. You = inspirational.

Melissa said...

Good luck! You are going to do awesome. I just know it. :)

Fantastic post. You = inspirational.

Erica said...

*TEAR* I think I just shed a happy,inspired,powerful tear for you! Your a total rockstar and I cannot wait to stalk you in the morning! (that really sounded bad) your gonna PUMP IT OUTTT (I said that using my best arnold voice) Go Mel GO!!!

S Club Mama said...

You are an inspiration, Mel. Seriously, I cannot wait to see how you do. I mean, I know you're going to do great but I can't wait for your race report. It's so amazing to hear it from the mouth of the runners. :)

Good luck and will definitely be praying for you.

Nicole said...

Woke up thinking that you were racing today! Great post. Now go kick some BQ butt!

IdellaD_Bar3321 said...

Well done!........................................

Wifey said...

I feel like I say this in every comment I leave you, but you are such an inspiration! By this time you are probably done, and I'm so sure you rocked it!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Lisa said...

You're amazing! I can't wait to read your recap! Congratulations!!

(I definitely need to train with a group if I do another marathon. Sounds like that's the way to go.)

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Oh My gosh - your ripped that - You must be so excited and proud of yourself. Way to go - you soooooo deserved this.

Can't wait to here your recap.

Congratulations!!!

Denise said...

well...i'm heading over to check out your time now!! i hope it went well.

Shells said...

Ugh!! I haven't been on Blogger much at all the past few weeks, and I've missed out on so much! I hope today went SO well for you and you had a GREAT time running!! Congratulations on a spectacular training season. That alone is a wonderful accomplishment and you should be so proud of yourself for getting through all that!!! I'm definitely proud of you from the land of Blogging!! HOORAY!!!

Shells said...

AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Congrats congrats!!! Just checked the results. Couldn't resist!! :o) (x 333,333,333)!!!