Finally, I will admit it for all of you to hear...
I have signed up for the 2012 Chicago Marathon!
Why does this make me nervous? Why did I wait two months to share this? Well...if you remember, back in the late summer/fall of 2011 I trained for the Detroit marathon, but gave up about a month before the big race. I want to run Chicago so badly! - but I know that I need to commit to it. So y'all are going to help me stay accountable. I'm doing alright so far.
I have been upping my running ever since I took the break in January to help my foot heal. I am up to running 4 days a week and my mileage is increasing. My foot still hurts a little, but it doesn't hurt any more when I run, so I am trudging along anyway. I started off running every other day (which was actually only about 3 times per week) and at a pretty slow pace. I am now up to running 4 consecutive days at a faster pace. I am planning on starting some longer runs this month.
My current plan: To spend the next month and a half getting in the best shape possible. I don't want to start any long runs (nothing over 12) yet because I don't want to burn out too early. I am running often and doing lots of strength training and stretching to help out. I also want to drop a little bit of weight (about 5 pounds) and make sure that I am my fittest self.
On June 1, I will begin a four month marathon training program that will have me ready for 26.2 on October 7, 2012. Yay!!
I will document some of my workouts on here and let you know about my progress. I have a long way to go, but I am so excited!!
No giving up this time. :)