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.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Am I ready for 26.2??

Every wonder how I go from corporate office to runner??
Before
After

HEHEHE, I realized I had taken those pictures ages ago and never posted...

MARATHON this weekend!!!
This time last year I was a ball of STRESS preparing for my FIRST Marathon. This year I am calm, I really have not though much about the Marathon, I have spent more time focused on the Bloggy Buddies I am going to host.... So last night I thought about the Marathon..
Am I ready?
  • Exhibit A- I have not put in many miles the last few weeks. Since the Greenriver Marathon I have not run more than a 7 miler, with my hamstring scare and the RAIN I have not fit in the LONG runs. I am really enjoying running with my hubby and sister, not focusing on distance or speed. I am hoping that I am not under-trained.
  • Exhibit B- My weight is up. I am the heaviest I have been in over a year and I cant stop eating. And eating BAD FOODS. Going into Eugene I was 8lbs lighter and felt very tone. This week I feel heavy and flabby. I know this is all caused by stress, but those pounds will really add up over 26.2.
  • Exhibit C- Mental preparation is LACKING. I have not visualized my race, or mentally prepared at all. Before Eugene I had envisioned the Finish Line, thought over my race strategy and was very focused. 26.2 is a long way, and I have made the mistake before of underestimating the mental preparation required to perform.
  • Exhibit D- I feel like CRAP! I am drinking Emergen-C Hoping that the sore throat, headache, and Chills will pass. I cannot afford to be SICK right now!!
ALL those things add up to a big ????
However there is one factor that I forgot to mention.
  • Exhibit 33 (LOL)- I will be running this race with FRIENDS!!! The Friend factor is going to be huge. Having someone there for 26.2 through the good, the bad and the UGLY, will be amazing! This is one advantage I am going to ride to the hand-holding finish line photo.

Details about Seattle Rock N Roll Meet up locations on the Blog Tomorrow. If you want to be listed on High Five Friday let me know Today because I will be out of Bloggy land starting mid-day tomorrow. Around the city hosting Bloggy buddies from near and far!!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!

39 comments:

misszippy said...

You got your PR, so it's only natural to lose focus. This one should be all about fun--enjoy it!

Marlene said...

Oh no, you're not feeling good either??? Shoot! I hope you are feeling better SOON! We have a busy few days.

SOOOOO pumped to run with my bloggy friends. It's going to be awesome regardless.

Thanks for everything!! See you at baggage tomorrow morning!

J said...

Hope you are feeling better soon so you can enjoy this weekend with all your friends!

Tricia said...

This will be a FUN race for you, focus on that :)

I'm super jealous of all your meetups, have fun!

RunKathyRun said...

It will all work out; running with friends is the best! Rest and take extra special care of yourself the rest of the week.

Megan said...

I thought my 2nd half marathon was a lot harder than my 1st because I kept thinking I had it in the bag, but really I didn't. Keep focused and you'll be fine!

While you're running on Saturday, I'll be doing my first triathlon at Lake Padden in Bellingham! Good luck!

Michelle said...

Enjoy the run. I have a feeling that your friends are going to be a great sense of strength!
I'll see you there and will be sure to introduce myself. We're coming from Walla Walla. I'm in corral 7.

busyrunningmama said...

Stop beating yourself up....You will do great! Maybe you will suprise yourself and PR, and if not, you WILL be able to say you had a blast with your bloggy friends, I know that for sure!!....as for the sickness, I swear by Airbourne.....every 4-5 hours for 2 days or so...I have fought off 3-4 colds with this over the past year!!!

Have a blast, can't wait to read about it!!!

Michelle said...

Where are you guys carb loading at? I might meet up with you...

marathonmaiden said...

you'll do great and amazing :) having friends there will help a billion times over. gooooooood luck :)

Fair Weather Runner said...

trust me on this one (i've run both marathons not totally prepared, this i realize now, mentally for the second one, mentally and physcially the first one) and having a friend by your side when you are suffering does AMAZING things! so go get 'em tiger.

hope one day i'll be in seattle running that marathon with you, until then, i'll just read all about it. GOOD LUCK!!

Molly said...

I think the fact that you'll be running with friends will give you that push you'll need, I know you'll do great.

Go get some Amazing Grass for that cold, I just did a review of their new product today.

Jodi H said...

Cute pictures! I do the same transformation when I am working! LOL. Good luck this weekend. I think you can visualize all you want but in the end it is all about what happens that day. Enjoy hosting bloggy friends!!

Angie Bishop said...

Take lots and lots of pictures!!!!
Have a fabulous time and hope you feel better!

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

pshhh, asking if you are ready to run 26.2 is like asking a fish if he is ready to go for a swim ;) Feel better soon pal! Have a great weekend, GOOD LUCK!

Denise said...

what bad timing! feel better...FAST!

S Club Mama said...

I will be praying for your marathon. Just don't overthink it too much and have some fun. :)

Stacie said...

I can't wait to meet everyone either. So exciting!!!! I am so not prepared either. I'm just going to try and enjoy every second and have fun.

I hope you feel better!!!! Call me anytime on Friday if you guys are in town.

X-Country2 said...

The friend factor will carry you through. Good luck!

Chelsea said...

I'll be at mile 7.5, cheering you on from my friend's deck along Lake Washington! woo woo!

k2323 said...

I wish I was up running with or watching you guys in Seattle! I'll be running the Pacific Crest 10k in Sun River, Oregon on Sunday. I'll also be helping my husband recoup from his first half ironman.

Good luck to everyone running Seattle!

Kim (k2323)

Sarah said...

I feel the same way about my upcoming half, only my second time at that distance. I can only hope we both power through and do great! YAY for friends!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i shall commence praying for us both! I have been so sick, I can't keep down food and umm yes haven't run since sunday...HOLY SHIT

MCM Mama said...

It may not be your best "time", but it will be the best time you've ever had running a marathon. Running with friends can't be beat.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Holy Clark Kent! That's how Superman did it so many years, I didn't recognize you.............. ha

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Just go out there and have fun running with your friends! You are going to do great! :)

Bethany + Ryan said...

you'll be fine! there is no need for high mileage when you are doing back to back marathons anyways. you're going to have a great and fun race and you're gonna be surprised how fast it flies by and how good you feel! ENJOY! :-)

H Love said...

You are a rock star...you are going to do great! See ya Friday!

ShutUpandRun said...

Good luck, good luck. Can't wait to hear how it goes. Sometimes we feel more prepared than others, but you'll do great...no doubt!

A Runner's Mind said...

Good luck from a brand new follower! Hope you feel better and we look forward to seeing your blog post marathon to see the fun y'all had!

Sarah said...

Enjoy your race! I can't wait to read your recap!!!

Wifey said...

I'm sure you'll rock it! How fun to run with friends! Enjoy!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Alanna said...

Have a great race and, if you're having a hard time, just remember that crossing the line (fast or slow) gets you into the Marathon Maniacs! Hope you have tons of fun with all the other bloggers - I totally wish I could be there too. I'll just have to read all of your reports/updates and use them as inspiration when I run the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon on Sunday!

Lisa said...

I love how optimistic you still are, even with those caveats! You're going to do great and have a fun time doing it! It's really refreshing to hear an accomplished runner like yourself not put too much pressure on yourself and this race.

Have fun and good luck! Can't wait to hear how the weekend goes!

Java Joggers said...

Good luck this weekend! Have FUN :)

Erika said...

Good luck this weekend and ROCK IT!

Madison M. said...

Your soooo ready for the race this weekend!! It'll be a blast! I'm really excited for Marathon # 1 for me!! See ya in Seattle! Hopefully!

Her Name is Rio said...

It'll all work out in the end. Think running + friends = what's not to like?
Good luck and have fun!

Jill said...

I know running Boston with Katie was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life, no matter how slow it was. Have a blast, Mel!!