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I’m Going to ROCK those 26 miles!

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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…

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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
n ROLL
  • 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??



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There are 53 comments so far.

    Christine

    June 29, 2010

    When I saw Miz Fit’s posting about this, I totally committed to doing a half marathon that day (via treadmill, at the gym). I’m so psyched (and a bit freaked out too). Good luck doing the whole marathon in VEGAS BABY that day!!! Woooohooo!!!!

    Help Meghan Run

    June 29, 2010

    GOOD LUCK Roni! You’ll rock it. :D I ran the San Diego Rock n’ Roll a few weeks ago, and it was great. It was my first RNR race, and I was really impressed. You will have an amazing time.

    Jen @ KUrunner

    June 29, 2010

    Not crazy!!! I’m so excited for you!

    I’m debating between following Hal Higdon or Jeff Galloway. Any reason you chose Hal’s program over others?

    Unless I missed it, what does BC mean on Saturdays?

    Awesome schedule! I hope it all works well for you!

    Lisa

    June 29, 2010

    That’s so cool!! I’m considering signing up for the Las Vegas Half and making a long vacation out of it. I know a few other bloggers are doing it too. A Las Vegas Blogger Meetup is definitely in order! :)

    merrymishaps

    June 29, 2010

    I’m on the fence for Vegas, and to make matters worse, I’m on the fence between half and full!

    This would be slightly crazy b/c I’m doing the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct 31. On one hand, I’ll already be trained! Just a little maintenance … On the other, I don’t know how I’ll be feeling and I might need a break from the distance!

    I’ve gone so far as to research the option of changing races. You can downgrade to the half if you contact them by Oct 22. for free I think, but would have to pay an upgrade fee if registered for the half and want to do the full.

    My (crazy runner) logic tells me I *should* register for the full and just decide a week before the race how I’m feeling!

    Then again, more time to play in Vegas if I run the half since it’s a quicker race and my body will be more than ready for it …

    POM

    June 29, 2010

    Good luck on marathon #2. Actualllllllllllllly…. that might be a great one for me to think about, too. I haven’t committed to one yet this year.

    POM

    June 29, 2010

    PS: I’ve done 3 and I highly suggest including yoga in that training schedule (maybe instead off weights some days). Sorry for unsolicited advice, it’s just that I did SOOOO much better on my 2nd than my first and it’s all because of yoga. I swear by it.

    Pubsgal

    June 29, 2010

    Hey, I’m going to do that LV R&R 1/2! So I might get to meet *you*, too? ****squeeee!!!**** I think this little shindig is turning into FitBloggin’ West!!! (Except “all” you’ll have to do is show up and run a marathon. ;-)

    roni

    June 29, 2010

    Debbi – Woops! forgot that one.. It’s Boot Camp. I added it up there. Thanks!

    roni

    June 29, 2010

    Jen – I just like the way he increments the miles. It works for me.

    roni

    June 29, 2010

    Pubsgal – That’s AWESOME! And yes.. just showing up is FANTASTIC! ;)

    Tish

    June 29, 2010

    Good for you. I’m going to follow you as you train. I’m not ready for a full (and may never be) but I might have another half in there, somewhere. Thanks for motivating the rest of us!

    Teagan

    June 29, 2010

    ” 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. ”
    Roni, I love you. Is that creepy? I love your attitude. That is so exactly how I view running and exercise in general. If it were about competing with others, I’d stay on the couch. Can’t wait for your recap on the marathon!!!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    June 29, 2010

    Have a blast! I think you have such a great attitude :-)

    hey Roni! i’m new around here and already so inspired! i’m doing my first half in September (Sydney Running Festival.) i can’t believe you’ve ran a marathon and 3 halfs in the last year. geez…you’re making us look bad here :)

    Michelle@Eatingjourney

    June 29, 2010

    I am there if I am not in India and/or Tanzania

    roni

    June 29, 2010

    Hi Angela! Welcome! I haven’t run them all YET! But by december I will. So far I only ran 1 half. I will be running the other 2 as part of this training.

    Good luck on your half! It’s a great distance!

    christina

    June 29, 2010

    I think thats awesome! I started the event every month starting July – Im excited! Training for my first 1/2 though… not sure I ever want to do a full..

    Laura Jane

    June 29, 2010

    Wow that’s awesome! It sounds like so much fun. All this running is really making me want to run again. I used to run a little and did two half marathons and some other races which were so much fun! Then I stopped running and moved away from the friends I used to run those events with. But it is so motivating to do a race like that. I really want to the Nashville half and the Indy half (where you actually run on the Indy 500 racetrack for part of it).

    Kathleen

    June 30, 2010

    OMG, I’m jealous…; I’m planning a marathon next year. Berlin. I already did 4 half marathons. wanna do the big one, but I’m so damn slow. Finished my last 1/2in 2hr21min. no walking, just a steady, easy jog…

    Good luck!
    Kath

    roni

    June 30, 2010

    DUDE! That’s not slow. You beat my last half’s time!

    Kimberli

    June 30, 2010

    I just have to tell you, on Monday I signed up for the Daytona Beach 1/2 Marathon (oct 31) because of you! I haven’t been running much but I knew I had to just sign up for it and commit myself and the rest will hopefully follow (as far as training) and my goal is…to finish :) Happy Training!

    Kate

    June 30, 2010

    I did this race last year as my first marathon – it’s awesome. You will have so much fun!!

    Valerie

    June 30, 2010

    I ran the Las Vegas Rock and Roll last December and it was AWESOME! Celine Dion sang the national anthem, the white tigers were at the start and they had a fabulous firework show after the national anthem. Crowd support was great on the strip and it was just an awesome experience. The expo was really good too. VIVA LAS VEGAS!!!! I too, for all of my marathons, have followed Hal Higdone, he’s helped me get across the finish line 6 times now….good luck! Oh, and I met Hal Higdone at 2 different marathons, not much of a talker, but apparently he knows his stuff!

    I love that you have a running plan! That is 1/2 the step in setting a goal. I am participating in a duathlon in September – 1.5 mile run, 11 mile bike and 2.5 mile run. The thing is that I am a walker — so I would love a plan to get me running the first and 3rd legs. Time to get creating.

    LOVE IT! You are going to kill it, can’t wait to hear about it!

    merrymishaps

    June 30, 2010

    Oh, and FYI, 10/25 – 11/07 is two weeks. You can shift your plan to start a week later!

    Lindsay

    June 30, 2010

    Roni I am so motivated by your success! I have started weight watchers again and have registered for my 5k race in August. Do you or does anyone else have suggestions for a good sports bra for people with large chests? I am a 36 G and I am having to wear two or three sports bras at a time and still having issues with them not being supported. Any help or suggestions from other runners will be appreciated!

    roni

    June 30, 2010

    Thanks MerryMishaps! I thought something was funky. I fixed it and I’m actually happy I won’t be starting until August. :)

    Carmen

    June 30, 2010

    Advice for Lindsay: Get an Enell. When I was at my heaviest, I wore a size 40G and wore the Enell over a regular bra. I wore a size 4, I think, in their sizing. Now I wear a 0 in their sizing and a 30F in regular bras. I wear my Enell every day for walking, running (slow!!) and martial arts classes. Best bra ever. No uniboob, no jiggling.

    Courtney

    June 30, 2010

    Lindsay-
    Best sports bra I have found (And I try and tell ANY WOMAN I CAN about this, I feel like its my civic duty!) Its by Title 9–its called the Frog Bra. No bounce whatsoever! Please, please check out their website. They even rate each sports bra based on cup size and amount of bounce, no joke! Good luck!

    -Courtney

    steph k

    June 30, 2010

    @Lindsay I know the perfect bra for you! At least it works great for ME. I use the Enell Sports bra… It’s a compression bra, so it holds those babies in (and does a GREAT job of it!) I’m a 42 F, and I’ve never had a problem. In fact, when I switched to this bra, my back/shoulder pains from working out disappeared.

    I don’t run a lot, but I walk and jog and do weights. And this is what I use! (I think it’s what they use on Biggest Loser, too, actually.) You can find out more at www.enell.com (and no I’m not a paid endorser. lol)

    roni

    June 30, 2010

    Lindsay – Look up! lots of suggestions up there for you! Hope that helps and good luck on your first 5k!

    Emily

    June 30, 2010

    Lindsay- I love the Moving Comfort line of sports bras- My favorite is the Fiona style (lots of ways to personalize the fit with it) but I have others as well. I wore the Fiona when I had just had my daughter, was nursing and still trying to train for a race- so in order to not be in pain- the Fiona did its job for me. I was a 40DD while nursing.

    Lindsay

    June 30, 2010

    Thank you everyone for all the suggestions! I can’t wait to get a good sports bra!

    Jeri Lyn

    June 30, 2010

    Hi Roni!!
    Congrats on signing up for the RNR Vegas Marathon!! I did this one last year (2009) so if you’d like any info/suggestions for the course let me know. I was considering doing it again this year, but I had decided on a different full marathon in November. Now that I see you’ve signed up for it though, i’m starting to reconsider again!! :o) GOOD LUCK!!

    ernise

    June 30, 2010

    Lindsay – I wear the Champion Double Dry Action Shape Sports Bra (http://www.championusa.com/Champion/Products/Women-Champion/Women_ShopByCategory-Champion/Women_PlusSize-Champion/CH072.aspx). Works great for DD.

    LesleyG

    June 30, 2010

    Awesome! I have done this race 5 times, so if you need any info, just say the word!

    Happy training! :)

    Wendy

    June 30, 2010

    I would check out the Enell or the Champions Powerback Wirefree Sports Bra. I am going to check out the Frog!

    followingtheroad

    June 30, 2010

    There are lots of suggestions here.

    However, I just use a $10 one from Target with my regular bra under it. It works great. I’m a DD, so I know how painful it is to run without good support.

    Brandon | A Healthy Dad

    June 30, 2010

    I’m getting very excited for Vegas, it’s looking like lots of great people are going to be there. I’ll be running the 1/2 myself, and I know you’ll ROCK the full. I think I’m looking more forward to meeting all these great people than I am the actual run itself :)

    Ed

    June 30, 2010

    Roni, that’s so exciting!! I just signed up (and by just I mean Monday night) for the Denver Rock n Roll half marathon! And I’m using Hal Higdon’s half marathon training plan for the novice. We certainly have some miles ahead of us :)

    Brandi

    June 30, 2010

    Who are you?? My dear woman…you are amazing :)

    Greg

    June 30, 2010

    Roni, I’m a long time reader, runner, weight watcher, etc.! You freakin’ Rock!

    I know I’m buried here in the comments a little bit, but I’m a little nervous about your running that half two weeks before your marathon. I’d be nervous about a 10k then. Especially since you’re racing hard this time.

    If you’ve got the mental discipline to take it super easy in that half, so be it, but Philly is a freakin’ party so I’d worry that you’d push hard.

    Talk to some other runners, don’t take the advice of a random commenter! Now that you’re pushing it, let me recommend Glover’s “Competitive Runner’s Handbook,” which is a great read (amazon: http://j.mp/dvIZoK).

    Best of luck you’re going to rock no matter what you decide, but consider a nice long run at home rather than Philly!

    roni

    June 30, 2010

    Thanks for the feedback Greg! I didn’t think about it like that. I simply replaced a 12 mile and a 13 mile training run with the events. I don’t particular plan on pushing myself more then I would on my own. The way I think about it is free water stations and cheers. :)

    Greg

    July 1, 2010

    Roni, I think your outlook is perfect — and I’m envious as I would love to not get caught up about my times on races that I’m not targeting. There are people who run Philly every year because they love the vibe — and I understand it’s possible to get a hotel so close that you can leave your room at 7:30am for an 8am start, which to me would be amazing. AsI love running, but I don’t love hanging out pre-race!

    Vegas I think will rock as well — I’ve heard that the middle miles can be a bit tough mentally as you’re running through industrial areas, but I’ve yet to hear of anyone who said the middle miles of a marathon are easy. Heck, in New York running through Williamsburg can be pretty depressing. And I’m not just talking about dodging the young hipsters!

    All the best.

    Michelle

    July 2, 2010

    Hi Roni! Congrats on signing up for another marathon. As a fellow runner and marathoner I applaud your committment. That being said I have to agree and add to another post. The Hal Higdon I really is a bare bones get you to the race training program. He even states so in his book that he sends you slightly undertrained by eager and well rested and off you go! By cutting out some running you are peaking at only 33 miles per week and many weeks are less than that. I know that you ran with much less training last year but I would hate for you to get injured. After training many runners, the chance of injury when you are not properly prepared is high. I know that you are in awesome shape so check our runnerworld.com the magazine and website have a wealth of information. Most people heading into a marathon train an average of 30-40 miles in the eight weeks or so before a marathon. I would hate to see you get hurt racing so close to the marathon and not logging enough miles! Happy Trails!

    roni

    July 2, 2010

    Michelle – Thank for your advice! You know.. I was a little worried about my mileage not getting high enough on a weekly average.

    Here’s my question… Can I increase the distances I run to total more milage or do you recommend adding another run altogether. Is there a difference?

    Greg

    July 2, 2010

    I’d defer to Michelle on this, but I think three days a week may be tough — a good rule of thumb is only run longer than an hour once a week… so the week of 11/8 I’m worried about that 10 miler the same week as your 20 miler.

    So to hit a typical 35 mile week, with a 12 mile long run , you’d need to run three other days for a hour , and one day shorter, say 30 minutes or so.

    That being said, there are many many schools of thought on this — I love your plan’s long run schedule, although at this point in your running career I think you may want to target more than one 20 miler.

    The boot camp cross training is great — and there are many runners who only follow the FIRST program (http://www.furman.edu/first/) and run three times a week while training for a marathon; however, the three workouts are all hard workouts, one a track workout, one a tempo run, and the other a long run.

    If you find yourself on a long flight, or with a little time to kill, read the Glover book (http://j.mp/dvIZoK). It’s kind of old school, and it was written before the FIRST program existed, but it does cover the mechanics behind how these training programs are made.

    You’ve clearly got the running bug, and you’re a great example to many many people — no harm will come from any of the advice you’re getting, and talking about running is always fun. except while actually running. then it is boring!

    All the best.

    Michelle

    July 3, 2010

    Hi Roni! I have seen programs and runners successfully train for a marathon on three days of running per week, especially those (like myself) who don’t plan on running a sub four hour marathon. I usually try to encourage people to run four days a week but you can do it on three. I would add the mileage to the days where you are only running three miles. The only other thing I might switch is taking three days off in a row. Generally speaking running programs ususally don’t have two days off from running in a row. Believe it or not after 48 hours you start losing running fitness. You may find (especially as your long run inreases) that it is tough to run that distance after a three day break. Could you switch Wed with either Thurs or Fri? I do crossfit to train on my off days (you would love it if you like boot camp) but be careful when doing bootcamp that you are easy on your quads and hamstrings. Taking one complete rest day is perfect. You are such an enouragement and I love your running mix I am heading out for an afternoon run with it as my new running mix!

    Michelle

    July 3, 2010

    Oops I should have said “more than two days off in a row”

    Cheers!

    roni

    July 3, 2010

    Thanks so much Michelle! I may actually ditch the Boot Camp and actually run on Saturdays. I’m going to read up a bit, let your advice soak in and revisit my schedule. I have a few weeks to figure it all out.

    Thanks so much!