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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Getting in Shape

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.

Source: shape.com via Lauren on Pinterest

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.  :)


mom said...

So excited for you and know you will do well!! I will be your biggest cheerleader!!! Love you

Paula said...

yay!!! so glad you're finally coming out with this news and its not a secret anymore :-) you will do great! and its means i'll get to see you!!!

Lauren said...

Thank you! love you two!