I have been excited to share this news for about a week now! Life has been hectic to say the least, so blogging and cleaning the house [joy] has been put on the back burner [note: I never use the back burner, though I am thinking I should start].
|My mom, me, and Ashley post sweaty run this summer|
When I came up with my summer training plan, I had Columbus Marathon as my target race. I tried to convince hubby that it was a great idea for me to travel to Columbus to see my best friend Ashley, who happens to live ON COURSE, and also run a marathon at the same time. Eric, bless his soul, does not understand why I always try to combine marathons with what he sees as vacations. Being that I am literally obsessed with marathons I think that any vacation that includes one is in one word - AWESOME.
He still was not convinced. I had been asking him all summer if he would please change his mind. All hope seemed gone. I wrote him an email, as my last ditch effort to convince him. Surprisingly he said he was not agreeing to it, but he would seriously consider. To which I quickly responded – no pressure but when do you think you will decide, the race will sell out soon. He said, fine sign up!
Some of you may be asking – wait why does she have to ask her husband? She’s a big girl, can’t she just decide to run and marathon and go. Anyone who has a husband and who has kids as well, knows it’s not that simple. I would be upset if he just told me he was going golfing for 4 days and did not ask. It is give and take in a marriage and I happen to do allot of the taking when it comes to time devoted to working out. Then there are the kids. Who will watch them and take care of them? As their mother and a stay at home mom, I feel that it’s my job to take care of them. Yes it is my job even if I did not stay home with them, but the fact that I do means that it IS my job to take care of them and figure out their schedules. When my husband comes home I do not necessarily get a break because he is home. We have both been at *work* all day and so we have to take turns as to who gets the break. That is just how it is with 3 kids 5 and under. My life feels like a circus, it’s always a balancing act.
My husband is not sure he can take the time off from work, and even if he can he isn’t sure he wants to travel 7+ hours to watch me run a marathon. It may just be me and the boys going. In which case I’m going to have to rely on the generosity of Ashley to help me with the boys while I’m running. I know this is probably not how she imagined it would be on race day, but I know inside that she would do anything for me.
Do you have a friend like that? That you know no matter what you can count on? I do. It’s her.
Ashley is my original sole sister. She is the Godmother of my daughter, has known me since I was 13 or so, and ran me into the finish of my first BQ. She has been like a sister, mother, best friend, and mentor to me for most of my life. Last fall, shortly before Colton was born she moved to Columbus. It rocked my world. Not only did I miss her but I realized how often I take for granted the friends that live closest to me. They will always be there right? Months would go and we would chat on the phone, but wouldn’t have time in our hectic schedules to see each other. I realized when she left, I never wanted to do that again. I wanted no matter how hard to make time for the people I love because they won’t always be there. You never know when they may up and move 7+ hours away!
I’m excited to check out her new town, see her house, her adorable kids, and her super funny husband. Pretty much I adore the whole family. What makes it even more exciting is that my mom is running Columbus Marathon too! She happens to love the it because she ran her fastest time a 3:38 on that course in her 40′s!! [note: another one of my best friends ran her fastest marathon 3:18 on this course too!!]
I know no amount of squeezing in workouts, or crossing my fingers is going to change the outcome of that day. Here’s to hoping that what I think is going to happen is the same as what God KNOWS is going to happen.
Snez[as I affectionately call my mom] and I are DREAMING BIG for Columbus.
So yes now the question is – am I running Marine Corps Marathon? YES. I am. I HIGHLY don’t recommend racing marathons back to back like this but for some people, myself included, it’s doable. I have never been injured, have done back to back marathons before, and am prepared.
Tip: If you want to try back to back marathons it’s good to build in back to back super long runs into your training schedule. Instead of running 20 one week and then backing back down to 14 for a break. Run 20 miles for your long run and then 20 miles again the following weekend.
It’s also a good idea to enter some of your 20 milers on dead legs. I have frequently ran double digit mileage the day before or 2 days before some of my longest long runs. I do not want to enter them feeling great. I want the last mile to feel like the last mile of a marathon. I want to teach my body what it feels like to push through exhausting pain. I want to push through that pain, faster than race pace on race day because in order to go under 3:20 I need to negative split the whole marathon.
Who else is running Columbus Marathon?? How do you juggle training for and running races??