Today is a day that I’ve been highly anticipating since back in October when I first registered for the Chicago Marathon: it is the official kickoff to my marathon training! I have so many thoughts and feelings about starting to train for my first marathon: I’m excited, I’m scared, I’m nervous, I’m anxious, the list goes on. But one thing is for certain: after running 13 half marathons I’m ready to take on this new challenge.
I’ll be using an 18 week training plan, which combines aspects of plans from Jeff Galloway, Hal Higdon, and Coach Brendan. I’ve had to make some adjustments and modifications, particularly to some of the long run distances, because of activities on our summer and early fall calendar. We will be traveling quite a bit this summer, and while some places we’re going to are very running friendly, and I shouldn’t have any major obstacles to getting my planned runs in, other locations will be more challenging.
Next month we will be in Pennsylvania for a wedding, so I will be running in unfamiliar territory, though I’m thankful that the bride is working with another friend who is familiar with the area to help me plot out a running route for my long run the day of the wedding. Preston and I will be out of the country for a week in August to celebrate our anniversary, so again I’ll be running in unfamiliar territory. Thankfully, the resort we’re staying at looks to have a well equipped and maintained gym, so I foresee lots of treadmill running in my future for that week. I have joined a “Fans of the Resort” group on Facebook, and asked last week about places to run, and while most people who responded said that paths at the resort aren’t great for running more than a couple of miles, I’ve read nothing but positive feeding about the condition of the treadmills. We have other travel plans as well, so one of my biggest challenges this summer will be keeping up with my training plan in the midst of also being away from home.
Despite all of the challenges, I’m incredibly excited to be running with Team RMHC and to run in memory of my friend Tammy (pictured third from the left in our Sophomore Homecoming picture above). When I started considering potential first marathons to run, I knew that I wanted for it to be a meaningful experience, so when I came across the opportunity to run for Ronald McDonald House Charities, I knew that I had to jump at the opportunity. You can read more about why I chose to run with Team RMHC here, and you can visit my fundraising page here. I would greatly appreciate any and all support for RMHC, and remember, no donation is too small.
I do plan to run some races while training, which will help me in the motivation department for some of the very long runs. While my summer and early fall race calendar is still quite tentative, some of the races that I might possibly be running include:
I cannot wait to get home from work today and kick off my training with a run this afternoon!
QOTD: What new challenges have you recently taken on?
Thanks to Deb for hosting the Race Linkup. Be sure to check out her post for more race ideas.