So after watching my friends run a marathon Memorial Day weekend, I was inspired. I’ve done 2 full marathons before and a bunch of half marathons. I had a great experience with my first marathon in spring 2011, and I even started my blog a week afterwards. After my last marathon in spring 2012, I wasn’t sure I would do another full. I had stomach issues the whole time (it was HOT race day!) and I threw up at the finish. I took about 40 minutes longer to finish my second marathon too. So, I needed a break from the big 26.2.
After looking at a few FALL marathons, I found the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, PA. This race is known as a “fast course” because the first 23 miles are down hill. Yes, like ALL down hill. Sounds good, but I’m still scared of the course! I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon training plan again and I am finishing week 2 today. I was supposed to run my 7 mile long run on Saturday, but with travel for my husband’s Ironman 70.3 it didn’t work out.
Here is my Garmin for the past week, including a 20 mile bike ride with my Dad on the rail trail. I am still getting used to the heat, and I know it is only going to get worse. I’m hoping that since I have so much more free time over the summer I can get up early to run. I am worried about training for a marathon, along with teaching classes at the gym and getting used to my new CXWORX class! I know I will make it work and hopefully all the cross training will make my legs nice and strong for the race!
If you look at my Garmin stats above, the third one down is only 0.27 mile. That’s because it was my first run with this little lady…
Oh I know you missed her! That little Bella can run fast, but gets tired! She’s still only 4.5 pounds and almost 7 months old :)
Just for fun… Bella tried out some swimming this past week!! I went on Amazon right away and ordered this little life vest to keep her safe :) We love her so much!!!!