Monday, April 9, 2012

Twenty Six Point Crazy

Hey, good morning.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.

Over the last few months, I've a series of conversations about training for a full marathon.  They went a little like this.

Kim's Friend/Family Member/Blogger Buddy:  So, when do you think you'll start training for that first marathon?

Kim:  Marathon?  F*ck that.  I haven't been able to run pain-free since 2009, I'm not going to abuse my body like that.  Not happening. End 'o story.

Fast forward to April, my Run Less Run Faster book is looking increasingly tattered, and my browser history looks a little like this:

Which of these things is not like the other?

So, Good Will Hunting fantasies aside, my mind has been increasingly preoccupied with finding... drumroll please... a marathon plan.

And not just finding one.  Carefully researching, creating, editing and re-editing, switching my calendar around long runs... basically, planning to run a marathon.  

What's my problem?  I wanted to wait to run a marathon until after I'm definitely done having kids, until I'm a few years post-injury, and until life slows down a bit.  But now, I feel like my mind is all systems go for training, and nothing has changed with my uterus, my femur, or my schedule.  

In four weeks, I'm running the Wisconsin Half Marathon in Kenosha, WI.  If this goes well (a decent time, and feeling strong and happy, and not wishing for death the whole time like at my last half), then I start training for the Fox Cities Marathon in September.  As in the full marathon.  Yikes.


  1. I will be at both those races!

    You can totally do this - excited for you!

  2. Woops - I am a liar...I'll be at Fox VALLEY not Fox CITIES. I keep getting those to screwed up in my head.

  3. Yay! I will be doing at least the half Fox Cities as well!!

  4. "I want to have sex with Matt Damon" CLASSIC! I was always more of an Affleck girl, until he got with J-lo that is. You are so awesome Kimmy! Can't wait to hear about your marathon of awesomeness.

  5. ugh Matt Damon, really? :)

    I think you should do it. But I am a little biased

  6. You can do it!!! Way to go!! :)

  7. That is awesome! You can totally do it girl. :)

  8. weeeeeeeeeeee!!!! this just made me so dang excited!!!!!! please please please do it! you totally got it! i will be praying for you to rock the half so that you MUST run the full :) im a good friend like that ;)

  9. See you in Kenosha and then in MADISON!!! I'm all about Running Less and Faster so don't look at me to talk you out of a marathon. Just saying.

  10. If you need a biking partner on any long runs you know where to find me!! Soooo excited for you.

  11. You can totally do it! I did the run faster plan but I am glad to hear you are making your own plan. It is a good one but brutal! In fact in the end I bombed cuz it did me over but I will say there are great workouts in there that I use in my training now. I just don't overload it like the book does.

    I say go for it! :)

  12. I'm using a Hal Higdon Novice 1, and I really like it. It's flexible, only 4 days a week, and I can make as much or as little of it as I choose.

    It is super fun to plan for a marathon, though. I bought a new log, new gear, spent a good month tinkering with programs and dreaming about long runs. Now here I am, about to do my first 20 miler...and it's pretty awesome, I must say.

    My next one will totally be a destination race, though!

  13. How exciting! Not sure where my mind is but I immediately noticed which one was out of place!

  14. Oh, and you wanna see crazy? I actually spent about an hour on the Grandfather Mountain Marathon website.

    Once you start considering doing a mountain marathon in July? You have officially gone off the deep end.

    Then again...I kinda like flapping around in the deep end.

  15. Awesome! I am considering taking on the marathon too! Just haven't made it official....

  16. You can totally do it! I just started following, but I can't wait to hear more about it! (Also a Wisconsin girl!)


  17. I completed my first marathon this past November. I said I wouldn't take a year off before signing up for another one and here, I signed up for one already :). Training for a marathon turns into a lifestyle. You should def try :)

    Anyway, I'm new to your blog. Glad I stumbled upon it. It will be great to read about your journey!!

    -Aimee :))

  18. Hi! Just saw your blog linked on your friend's half recap post! I hope Kenosha is awesome for you and you are able to do the full! I'll be running the Kenosha HM next week too. Can't wait! :)

  19. YOU CAN TOTALLY DO IT!!! I'm training with the Run Less, Run Faster plan and I totally am in love. Weird freaky injuries aside, I think it has helped me be a less injured runner. I feel odd saying that because if you've read my blog at all, then you know I've pretty much been injured since January 1. HOWEVER, I started the plan AFTER my shin splints, and the shoes that gave me the neuroma had nothing to do with how I'm training. Also- can't help that I have bow legs and hips that don't stay in place because of birthing human beings. Soooo..... all that aside- I always feel fresh when I run, and I've been able to get faster without doing virtually any speed work. Plus, the training was so much easier on my family.

    Also- Why sleep with Matt Damon when you could sleep with Matthew McCaunaghey? (or however the crap you spell his last name.)


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