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Monday, July 18, 2011

It All Begins Again

Today I ran 10 miles.

It was my test for myself to see if I think I can get ready for a marathon in October.

I did it.  I felt great!  And I think I'm ready to go.

The marathon is the Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 16, 2011.  I have 13 weeks to get myself in tip-top shape.  During that time, I may very well hate that I've chosen to do this again, but for the most part, I am excited!

Last year I ran my first marathon and it was hard, it was inspiring, and yes, it was awful at times, but it gave me confidence.  I realized that my body can do crazy things.  Things that I would never imagine possible.  26.2 miles.  You go crazy by about mile 22...but it's a good kind of crazy (ha, I say that now).

I've been thinking about this for a while because my sister will be running this marathon and I would love to do this with her.  I haven't really been sure if I'm ready, so today was a big test for me.  I got up early this morning and rummaged around in my very dirty closet in my very messy room and I found my water belt.  I had to have it with me for a confidence booster today.  I washed it out and headed off.  The weather was nice, about 75 degrees and sunny, but I stayed in the shade.

Cath and I.
I planned on going 9 miles, as it says on my training plan.  I moved it to today and headed out.  I got 4.5 miles out and said, "What the H-?".  I felt good and kept going to mile 5.  Believe it or not, I was actually picking up the pace on the way back and I probably looked pretty goofy because I had a huge grin on my face.

I haven't run that far since the last marathon.  Since getting sick, I have still been working to build my mileage back up and I've been scared to push myself.  I know I'm fine now and I'm so excited.  It felt so good to do a long run again (don't get me wrong - it still hurt a lot too!).  Hopefully I can stay on track and be able to run in October.

Oh, by the way, I came right home, showered and cleaned my room.  I had to.  It was so bad!


Anonymous said...

Super Lauren! You and Catherine will keep each other motivated and held accountable. Good start! m(j)

Lauren said...

Thanks Jan! I hope so!

mom said...

Keep it going and I will be there to cheer you on!!

Lauren said...

Thanks mom, I can't wait!