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  • Training Update: Week #5

    7.52 miles down! It’s really unbelievable what I willingly do to myself. My run on the trail would have ended at 6.5 miles or so, but somehow I (rightly) convinced myself that cutting my run short was only cheating myself. This was completely true, but I don’t always listen to myself. You see, I’m pretty stubborn. I can talk myself into and out of pretty much anything.

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  • Training Update: Week #4

    6 miles down! I’m SO proud of my progress this week! I was consistent and stuck with my schedule, was much more aware of what I was eating, and drank more water. Now, my next step is altering my social life, just a little bit. Before this run I was out all day and up all night. Not exactly the ideal training situation.

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  • Week #2 Training Update/Race #2 in the Dallas Marathon Series

    Unlike most normal people, on the morning of Labor Day I woke up early. Earlier than I would have woken up to go to work, now that I think about it. If you know me, you know that I am 100% not a morning person. So, why did I wake up so early? To run. (I also don’t normally do that in the mornings.) But in this case, I made an exception, because it was the second race in the RunDallas Race Series. I made it to Globe Life Park, where the Texas Rangers play, and ran the coolest race I have run to date. It was great scenery as we ran right next to the Six Flags theme park, around the ball park, through the Hall of Fame and came out at the third base line. It. Was. Awesome.

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  • Training Update: Week #1

    It’s the end of my first week of training and I successfully ran twice, and cross trained 3 times with my two rest days included. Although I am supposed to run 3 times and cross train twice, I figured a little time in the gym was better than not working out at all. I’m also switching my rest day tomorrow to a run, so I won’t lose any mileage.

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  • Marathon Training

    Today is the day! I started training for the Dallas Marathon. I have a sixteen-week training program set up to build endurance, strength and prepare myself to run 26.2 miles (if there is such a thing). I have been strengthening and working out normally over the last few months so I wouldn’t be completely out of shape when this day came, but still I’m nervous! I looked up many different training programs, and couldn’t seem to find any that I felt super comfortable with, so I modified a couple that seemed to work with my schedule and preferences, and ended up with this: 3 days: Run, two medium/short runs incorporating different speed trials, and one long run a week 2 days: Cross Train, most likely on the stationary bike, but who knows I’ll probably mix it up 2 days: Rest/Stretch/Walk
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    I have a few shorter races before the big day in December to get myself in the competitive spirit incorporated into my plan. Most of the races are in the RunDallas Race Series. I chose to complete the series because it’s another challenge (as if the full marathon wasn’t enough on it’s own). It’s also a little extra motivation and it shortens the time to the final race with smaller goals to work towards first. The first race in the series was the FC Dallas Footy 5k in July which I completed in under 30 minutes (see exhaustion mixed with relief when the race was completed, below). This upcoming race is also a 5k and I hope to beat my time from the first race. Why am I telling you this? I want you to hold me accountable! I can’t pretend like I never signed up if everyone in cyberspace knows I did. So help me out, cheer me on, and most of all, wish me luck!

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