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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's On My Horizon...

Howdy howdy!

  I hope you all had a great weekend and a lovely Mother's Day! I got to spend Saturday with my sweet Momma. She is the most amazing woman I know. Of course raising 9 children, you would have to be pretty amazing!!
Love my Mom!

 I wanted to let you all know what is coming up for me with my running and racing. I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon! I'm running for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. I'm SO excited to be running for them, I think they're an awesome Charity and I personally know people they have helped.
 My goal is to raise at least $1,000 for them. I will add the link to the end of this post, if you would like to help me! Any amount will help and is greatly appreciated!!

 So, starting in June I'm going to begin a Sub 4 hour marathon training plan. I know, I know, that is INSANE. But if you know me, you know I love insane! Yes, I know I haven't even run a sub 30 5k YET. When I signed up for my first marathon, I also thought that was crazy, how could I run a marathon?? But I did it! I am doing speedwork now, so I know I'll be getting faster, so why not?!!

  I've realized I do SO much better when I'm following a training plan. When I'm not following a plan, my weekly mileage is only around 15 at the most, which is horrible! But when I'm following a plan, my mindset is different, and I get my runs in no matter what. So, I can't wait to get back on a schedule!

  Tonight I'm going to Spin class and the manager of Fitness wants to talk to me about possibly teaching the class! I'm SO excited, this is just a dream come true for me!! I'll let y'all know how it goes!! 

 Here is the fundraising page for my marathon. THANK YOU!!


QOTD: How was your Mother's Day?
Is it easier for you to follow a training plan, or just doing it on your own?

katie
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  1. Oh gosh! Be careful with that sub 4:00 plan! It's difficult (for me, anyway) to combine speedwork and mileage and I don't want to see you get hurt! :)

    It's easier for me to do training on my own... which is why I don't have awesome goals like a sub 4:00 marathon!

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    1. I didn't even think about that, that I'll be combining speed and mileage at the same time. I will be extra super careful!

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    2. Yes! Please do! Not trying to be negative! That is just how I got a stress fracture when I tried to train for a marathon in 2009 ;)

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  2. Yay! Good for you for setting such a great goal - with that mindset, anything is possible :) What training plan are you using? I have decided to do a full marathon in Des Moines in October and am researching sub four plans. I also tend to be more dedicated if I have a plan to follow. I'm excited that a few of my long-distance friends have committed to training virtually with me :)

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    1. I'm using the plan from Runkeeper. I've used them for my half and my full, and I love it! I'll be training virtually with you too! :)

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  3. You can do anything you set your mind to! :) I would LOVE to get a sub 4:00 marathon someday! I want to qualify for Boston someday, as well! But first, I need to run a marathon! I signed up for my first half marathon yesterday! I will be running it the weekend after the Dam to Dam 20K! Yikes! But I know I can do it!

    My Mother's Day was wonderful! The weather was wonderful and I got to spend some one on one time with my girls!

    I find it easier to follow a training plan! I cannot just make things up as I go! I like planning ahead and knowing what to expect! What plan are you going to be following?!

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    1. That's so exciting you signed up for your first half!! Which one? And I cannot believe you're doing it the weekend after your 20k!! You're just amazing!! Yep, you can totally do it! I'm following the training plan from Runkeeper. I used them for my half and full too. It's perfect for me! Glad you had a good Mothers Day! You deserve it! :)

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  4. Holy cow 9 kids! I think my brain just hurt a little bit thinking about raising 9 kids. Your mom is amazing!

    You so can do it.. I know you can. You're going to crush that marathon girl! Cannot wait to follow your journey! And I love crazy!

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    1. Lol! Yes, she is! Thanks so much girl, crazy is so much more fun than 'normal'! :)

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  5. You and your Mom favor. What a great picture of you guys! Good luck with your marathon plan. You can do it!

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  6. I won't be seeing my Mom until Memorial weekend. On Mothers Day, for the 1st time ever, one of my kids took me to dinner and bought my dinner!! It's fun having grown up kids!!
    I have a book called, "4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon". It's a 16 week plan for training for a 4 hour marathon. Someday, I'm going to actually use it! At my advanced age, 4 hours is my Boston qualifying time. I'm going to run Chicago with my sister-in-law and we are going to train for 4:30. I am going to try for sub 4 someday. My best so far is 4:09. I still haven't picked a plan; I saw a good one in Women's Running magazine last night that I may use. I will have to check out Runkeeper, is it free? I've used Hal Higdon plans in the past and they are good.
    I'm super paranoid of beginning the training since I battled Plantar Fasciitis all last summer. It's gone now and I'm running better than ever but it's always in the back of my mind. Sometimes, I think I even imagine that my heel hurts.
    There are several bloggers training for Chicago so it will be fun to follow everyone!

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    1. I think my Mom would say the same thing about having grown up kids. She gets taken out to eat and receives gifts now!
      I'm going to have to look for that book, that sounds good! I was thinking a 4:30 goal might be better for me, but Runkeeper only has a 4. So, I figured why not try! I paid a little extra for Runkeeper Pro, but I believe the training plans are free. I'm excited about virtually training for Chicago with you! :)

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  7. That is really exciting news!!! I love that you aren't putting up barriers, but instead going for something that you want to do. I can't wait to read about how your training goes!

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  8. You never know what your capable of unless you stretch yourself out! I love that you set ambitious goals for yourself =)

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  9. can't wait to hear about your meeting!! and I really can't wait to take your class!

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  10. That's exciting about teaching a class!! Good luck with your Chicago training.

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  11. My hubby is running his 1st marathon this year - and it just so happens to be Chicago as well!!! Not sure that a full marathon is ever going to make my bucket list or not?!?

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    1. That's awesome!! I never thought it would be on my list AT ALL! But I loved it, and can't wait to do Chicago!

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  12. sub-4!??! I am so inspired! Can't wait to cheer you on as you train!! Go get it girl! xoxo

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    1. That might be too high of a goal, it would probably be safer to say 4:30... I'll be happy with that too! xoxo

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  13. I found your blog through Olive & Ivy... and I am a follower now! i have fibromyalgia and have had LOTS of health issues, muscle pain mostly! I am JUST starting to exercise again... i hope to get more confidente and inspired as I read your experiences :)

    xo Raquel
    twitter: @BeingRaquel

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    1. Thanks for following, Raquel! I know someone who has fibromyalgia, I feel so bad for you. I'm so glad you're starting to exercise again though! :)

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  14. chicago marathon-- that will be so fun! just stumbled upon your blog, LOVE it!
    XO the well-traveled wife

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    1. Yes it will, I can't wait! Thanks girl! xoxo

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  15. How exciting about the Chicago marathon!! I'm signed up for Philly- so we'll be on similar training timetables. :) I would second the caution about increasing both speed and distance- I'd work on speed now, and then back off some speed work as you increase distance. Excited for you!!

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    1. I will definitely take your and Kim's advice about that. I don't want an injury! Thanks, Laura!

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