to rest or not to rest?

One of the things I have been reading over and over again is the need to have “rest days” when you are training.  This, believe it or not is really difficult when one is still pumped and full of vim and vinegar from the excitement of deciding to run a marathon. All you want to do is get that run in… Today I am trying to “rest”. I did do a 30 minutes brisk walk with the baby in the stroller but that doesn’t count… I simply needed to move my body. Tomorrow is exciting because I have a long run planned. By long run I mean 4 whole miles. I have daycare set up for the little ones. The whole daycare thing was for me to get it together to find a part time job. I only have 1 day a week (Fridays) booked but of course all I can think about is I can get a long run in  without having to work around hockey, rugby, choir practice, dance class or a birthday party! Get the 2 oldest out the door at 7:30, drop the 2 youngest off at daycare at 8:00 take the 2 middle ones to school for 8:30- and BAM! I’m running 4 miles!

You know what they say about the best laid plans…

 

And I’m sure I can find time to do some job hunting after the run!

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3 miles down 26.2 miles to go…

I’ve started telling people that I’m running a marathon and I have to tell you that I feel like somewhat of a fraud… because I always get the same ” Oh my god, I’m so impressed!” reaction and really there’s not much to be impressed about…..yet. The longest distance I’ve run in my while life is 10K (about 7 miles) 3 times. The longest distance I’ve run in the past 6 months is 3 miles. So truly there is not much to be impressed about except that I am foolish enough to sign on (and pay $85!) to do such a thing. I have my moments when I think “what the hell have I gotten myself into?” But I think I am still in the ” Honeymoon stage” of my training because I’m still feeling pumped and optimistic!

Bon Bons and Marathons

Why run a marathon? Apparently you are supposed to have a solid reason for wanting to train and run for a marathon (so say the books)- It’s been on my mind for a long, long time, say 10 years or so, but it seems any time I came close to going for it I got pregnant… I’ve ran 3 10k races over the years and been an on again off again recreational runner (probably more off again than on again)- but something hit me a couple of weeks ago- it was Halloween to be exact- and the candy was just not going down as well as usual- usually I spend the week in and around Halloween trying to talk myself out of eating copious amounts of sugar but end up eating it until I feel sick- but although I was eating it,  I really didn’t want it… I was eating it because I always ate it- but my body was telling me to “put down the Snickers”. I had been on a fitness roll of sorts since school started in September- I’d get the 4 older kids off to school and then head to the community centre gym where they had childcare for the 2 youngest… I was feeling good but was craving a bit more… and on Halloween I literally put down the bon bons and went to the computer to find out when the Vancouver Marathon was being held. May 9 2009- why that’s next year!!! I have plenty of time!- no matter that the longest run I am doing at the moment is about 2 miles- how difficult could an extra 24.2 be?!!! And I did it- I whipped out my Visa and registered right then and there. I’m running a marathon.