Ok, so Monday I took a leap. A BIG, Looooong, 26.2 mile leap and registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon. I’ve been toying with the idea every since my friend MizFit announced that she would be running her second half AND renewing her vows in Vegas this December. Both of which I think are amazingly AWESOME. Are you reading this husband? huh? HUH? <– I’ve been bugging him to renew for our 10 year anniversary next year. I think it would be fun. Anyway…
If you’ve been reading for some time you may have experienced my first marathon with me last year. It was amazing. I still cry when I glance at the pictures or read the recap. If you asked last year would ever run another one I think I would have said no. Actually I might have even uttered the words "I will never run again" after finishing. It was hard. Very hard.
Alas, here I am 9 months later having fun attempting to complete a running event for each month this year. My goal is doing exactly what I wanted it to do. It’s keeping running fun. I love running events and get very emotional at them. There’s just something about a large group of people from all walks of life setting out to achieve a goal together. It’s about getting across that finish line. Sure some people need to win but not me, I just want to finish. My competition is against myself not the other runners. To me, we are all teammates.
I had quite a year in 2009. My house was on the market. I started a new job. We were living in temporary housing. My Dad passed away. It was a tough. In some ways I think the marathon kept me sane although training simply fell apart. I set out to prove to myself I could do anything and thats what I did. I crossed the finish line.
This year I have a different goal. This year I want to really ROCK the marathon. I want to see what I’m capable of doing physically if I actually train. I’m in a completely different situation then last year. We have successfully sold our house and moved into the new one. I’m resigning from that new job to work for myself. My Little Guy will be starting kindergarten. Yikes! I’m not saying a catastrophe couldn’t happen but I’m not taking on any major life stressors this year. I’m focusing on my family, my business and my training and that prospect puts a smile on my face. THIS is what I want to be doing and this is how I’m going to do it…
|08/02 – 08/08||Rest||3 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||6 mi|
|08/09 – 08/15||Rest||3 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||7 mi|
|08/16 – 08/22||Rest||4 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||5 mi|
|08/23 – 08/29||Rest||4 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||*5k||9 mi|
|08/30 – 09/05||Rest||5 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||10 mi|
|09/06 – 09/12||Rest||5 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||7 mi|
|09/13 – 09/19||Rest||6 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||*HALF|
|09/20 – 09/26||Rest||6 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||12 mi|
|09/27 – 10/03||Rest||7 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||10 mi|
|10/04 – 10/10||Rest||7 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||*5K||15 mi|
|10/11 – 10/17||Rest||8 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||16 mi|
|10/18 – 10/24||Rest||8 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||12 mi|
|10/25 – 10/31||Rest||9 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||18 mi|
|11/01 – 11/07||Rest||9 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||14 mi|
|11/08 – 11/14||Rest||10 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||20 mi|
|11/15 – 11/21||Rest||8 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||*PHL 1/2|
|11/22 – 11/28||Rest||6 mi||3 mi + WT||Rest||WT||BC||8 mi|
|11/29 – 12/5||Rest||4 mi||3 mi||2 mi||Rest||Rest||ROCK
- Rest = Ummm, REST – I’m gonna need it!
- mi = Miles
- WT = Weight Training
- 3 mi + WT = I’m going to run 3 miles, focusing on speed, possible sprints and then do weights.
- BC = Boot Camp Class
- All *bolded items are events I’m running. Details can be found on my 2010 Running Goals page
- Note: May take yoga classes when needed.
I based the schedule loosely on Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Schedule. However I’m doing one less run a week and replacing it with weight training mostly because I like it. Running is fun but it does get old for me. I want to mix it up a bit.
There you have it. Am I crazy or what? Part of me gets REAL excited when I think about December and the other half of me is terrified. Either way I will ROCK those 26 miles and end 2010 with a bang. If I actually pull this off I would have run 11 events in 12 months. 1 full marathon, 3 halves, 1- 7 miler, 1- 6k and 5- 5ks. Seriously… WHO.AM.I??