Wednesday, February 4, 2009


February 4
Non-Running Day

I haven't had much chance to blog this week so I have some catching up to do.  Guess it's good there isn't a whole lot of new stuff to blog.  

I've been keeping up with the training schedule set by the West Coast Road Runner coaches.  I've even added a little bit of time to my weekday running because I'm hoping it will help prepare me for the seven-mile Saturday run coming up.  I'm not over-doing it... just pushing myself a little more.  We'll see if it helps to keep me from getting my butt kicked by seven miles of San Diego coastline (which can be a little hilly).  

A New Attitude
When I started this adventure of training for a marathon, I never expected to start loving it!  At best, I hoped I'd learn to tolerate it.  I used to see people running and I'd think, "Ugh!  That looks miserable!  Why would anyone want to do that?"  

Now, when I see people running while I'm out doing errands I find myself thinking, "I want to be running... oh, that's right- I already ran today."  I never imagined myself ever thinking something as crazy as that!

Body & Bootie Changes
My jeans are fitting better again!  My butt is getting smaller and firmer.  My legs are more firm. Even my arms are looking more toned... how the heck did that happen?  I don't run on my hands.  

I have tried so many things to try to lose the extra 5-10 pounds I've been lugging around since my second child and nothing has worked... until now.  I'm not at my ideal weight yet but I see changes, I feel changes, and my clothes are fitting better.  To that, I say "Woo-hoo!"

Looking Ahead
I can't imagine getting to the point in my training where I am expected to run 10 miles... 15 miles... 18 miles... and finally 26.2 miles.  I hear my some of my West Coast Road Runner friends talking about the long runs ahead.  They know what lies ahead because they've done this before. 

They assure me that there will come a time when I will actually think a 12-mile run is nothing! Right now 12 miles seems like something only a die-hard athlete would do!  I have a tough time picturing myself thinking of a 12-mile run as a breeze.

I'm looking forward to getting to that point!

"We are here to be heroes.  The marathon is the one way we prove it to ourselves."
~George Sheehan


Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I'm glad you're liking it! I'm at a point now where I can't believe EVERYONE doesn't run - don't they know what they are missing?!?!?

Run Mommy said...

You will get there. Now I believe 6 miles is a "quick run". That took some time because in the beginning it felt like forever. :)

MCM Mama said...

Sounds like things are going well for you. Glad you are starting to like it.

During marathon training one time, my husband asked how long I'd be out running. I ansered "just 10 miles". He was like "oh, that's not long. See you soon." LOL