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??


  1. Yay for Columbus! I loved the city and it was a BQ for me so of course I enjoyed it. Have fun!

  2. Thank you for this posting today!! I had to post it on my best friend's FB wall because I just told her last night I am moving to Virginia in a month (8+ hours away)! She is a combination of devastated and angry, but totally understanding. Anyway, our families are close enough that I know "vacations" will happen over the years/months/whatever…

    Also, I thought I might be the only one who looks for a race anytime I'm leaving town!! I'm a much newer (and slower) runner than you, but I already have the "bug"! Haha. I actually thought of you as I was running last night. I have my very first half marathon on Saturday and I just have so much DOUBT in my head! I have done the long runs on Saturdays and they have all gone well and I have no reason to think I will not do well this weekend, but there is just this horrible thought that will NOT leave my head of – "you are going to get hurt. no way are you finishing in your goal time." GRRR!!! I am actually making my own shirt to wear based on your 26.2 Bible verses post.

    Okay, am I scaring you as a crazy blog stalker yet? Hahaha. I promise, I'm relatively normal. Well, as normal as a stay at home mom of 4, ages 5 and under, can be. Haha!

    Thank you for being you!

  3. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal says:

    Audrey!! First of all – good luck! You will do great. Second – where in VA are you moving too? I'm in VA too :)

  4. That's awesome! I am so excited for you! On a completely unrelated note, you should do a blog post about how you get those abs so toned. You look amazing in every photo you post!!!

  5. Dorothy, I totally get this…. This is why I run Boston year after year, because it is my hometown race. And why my fall marathon is 1 hour away from my house. It was a struggle to get my husband to agree to that one even. He just does not get the multiple marathon a year thing.

    You will do great- DREAM BIG!

  6. Yay for Columbus!! I'm excited to see what you can do. …and glad you'll still be running MCM. I'll definitely need some Dorothy motivation to get through that race!

  7. I know!!! My parents own a restaurant in Charlottesville, so we will be moving just outside there to Lake Monticello. I absolutely have a goal of running SOME race you are at SOME time! :) I have heard of losing "steam" after your first big race if you don't have others planned, so I plan to make the Charlottesville Half my next "biggie".

  8. What Elizabeth said!

    Good luck to both you and your mom at Columbus!

  9. I am running Columbus Marathon! If I see you can I freak you out and say hi? Except you'll be so far in front of me….

  10. Oops, that came as anonymous. My name is Abby. Sorry. Anon commenters always freak me out.

  11. Carolina John says:

    We have to balance the kids and out of town races all the time. It's harder than it looks! And that's one of my wife's biggest pet peeves too – racecations never seem appealing to her, I don't get it. We just had a wonderful weekend in the OBX where I ran a half ironman, we had an oceanfront hotel, everything was beautiful. When she packed, she forgot that we were going to the beach. I don't get it.

    Good luck in Columbus! You're going to have a blast. And I have to say that your mom is quite hot! the belly button jewelry is a nice touch.

  12. Sounds like me and my husband! Although if it was fishing tournaments for him, he'd be all over it so I have to remind him of that when he gives me a hard time.

  13. I live in Columbus – and ran the marathon last year. You will LOVE it! Sadly, I'll be out of town this year. Enjoy Cbus – we've got some fun things to do and great eats. :)

  14. carljsamuelson says:

    When it comes to marathons, I'm the "taker" in our marriage. I have the best wife in the world, for putting up with my (completely obsessed) hobby!

    I'd wish you good luck, but you don't need luck; you are trained, you are prepared, you are ready to PR. Knock it out of the park, Dorothy!

  15. Suz and Allan says:

    Good luck! Sounds like a perfect marathon for you to run!

  16. No one is as excited for you to be running Columbus as I am! And I am thrilled to be watching the babies for you. I just hope I get to see Eric and one of my favorite little girls in the whole world! (I love your family too.) But mostly, I love you! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!!!!

  17. SupermomE12 says:

    Yay for you! I hope it is an awesome race. :) I loved running back to back marathons and I look for races whenever we travel since we dont have much of anything close by!!!

    I may need to come your way next year… I have had 3 people tell me this week to run MCM. :)

  18. Yay for Ohio!

    I agree with the other comments. We need an abs post! Holy cow on your mother's bod too. WOW.

  19. Awesome.
    Rock. It. Woman!

  20. Amanda@runninghood says:

    This is so exciting Dorothy!! Totally get you in all of this. Asking the husband, what it takes to do something like this with three young kids, wanting to push through pain in order to break that 3:20 (same goal here), etc. And Man, I know you know this and she knows this, but your mom…doesn't look like your mom. Was she always fit when you were growing up? Runner? Did you find yourself ever resenting her running/working out? (curious here because of my own running and wondering how my kids see it).

  21. Yay! Get that sub-3:20!

  22. Awesome! Good luck to you! Have fun and I always have to clear it with my hubs too. Same things… 😉

  23. Ummmmmm………that is your MOM??? Amazing!!!
    I'm running the Columbus half with my husband (it's his first!) and my good friend, Kimi (www.asliceofkiwi.com), is running her first full!

  24. you. are. awesome!! And so is your husband, of course :) I know in my heart it's going to be a really amazing race for you. And get ready for the signs I'll be making for you at MCM! :) HUGS!!!

  25. Awesome! I'm running the Columbus Marathon… and it's my first full!!! So excited for you. I hope I randomly run into you!

  26. How exciting! And just so you know, I love that you "dream big", it's inspired me to do the same. Thank you!!

  27. holy abs!! Look at you three!! And that's your mother?!

    I am not running columbus, but good luck and awesome that you could get it in!!

  28. I completely relate to always wanting to mix a vacation with a run. My husband just does not get it at all. And wow…those abs…impressive!

  29. Excited for you!! I completely understand why you would have to "ask." Finding the time to just squeeze in running around my husband's schedule is my daily challenge and anytime I consider racing I know I am going to be needing help. Having little ones is a 24/7 job! I ALWAYS consult with my husband before signing up for any race- whether it's a marathon or a 5K.

    I have never done "back to back" marathons but maybe someday. I'm registered for one in January and one in March of 2012 and that seems close enough to me! :-) I'm sure you will do great!! Sounds like Columbus will be FAST!

  30. Shellyrm ~ just a country runner says:

    Yeah for working with your Hubbs to get to do Columbus!

    Thanks for sharing a real look into how families have to work together to agree on things. Love it!

  31. Wow lady congrats! I know exactly what you mean about asking the hubby. So psyched for you but also soo happy you are still doing MCM. I really want to plan a meet up celebration post race. thoughts?

  32. If I'm still in Ohio next year, I'm running Columbus. I only live 2ish hours away and always fit in the Hocking Hills area when I go to Columbus. :)

  33. Awesome!! Good luck on the sub 3:20, I'm sure you are well able to achieve this, since you are a superfast rockstar!! And your mom looks fabulous; I hope I look like that when I get older!

  34. So happy to hear you'll still be running MCM! I'm running Chicago in two weeks, but the other day a friend offered me a bib for MCM. I took it as a sign and could not pass up the opportunity! Standing and watching MCM last year is what finally helped me decide to train for and run a marathon (as well as your blog). It's going to be amazing!

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