Happy Monday, runners and readers!
I am thrilled (and surprised) to report that my first three weeks of marathon training have gone great. With the exception of a semi-miserable treadmill experience during run #1, when a television almost fell onto my head, I feel comfortable saying that I have enjoyed at least parts of every training run. I am up to seven miles with minimal trouble; this is a big deal! It’s probably just the honeymoon stage, but Running and I have been getting along quite well. Shoot, there was even a day when I decided that I wasn’t going to see her, and went crawling over to her house a few hours later. This has got to be romance.
OVERSHARE ALERT- Something miles away from romance is the little rash that has developed underneath my bra line. I suppose I will need to make some body compromises along the training path (blisters are cute, right?) and I’m almost willing to do that without complaining. I’m not too thrilled about the idea of wiping paste over my chafe-susceptible body parts, however, but it seems as though I may be purchasing some Bodyglide soon. It’s not that bad, right?
Some highlights of the past three weeks of life and training include running with close friends, discovering the beautiful contrast of a hot shower and a cold smoothie, and laughing at myself during Marathon 101 class while frolicking around the SkiRack with a fuel/hydration belt tacked to my waist (presently accepting applications from friends who would like to stand outside their homes with water so that I may avoid the training belt scene).
I mentioned it in my entry post, but support is going to be the single most important factor in this experience for me- it already has been, even on the three mile runs. I know how challenging it can be to get out of the house and go on a run, especially when 438 things seem more appealing. Consider this my offer to run with anyone who could use a pal. Seriously, let’s do it. I’d love to pay it forward and pass my support along to another person. Toss a comment in the section below, and let’s make it happen.
I’d like to throw some BIG thanks out into the blog world. Thanks to Christa for sharing the Rookie competition with me, and suggesting that I go for it. Thanks to Emily for being the sexiest, sweaty person I know and such a runspiration (oh, and also for making me giggle with this gem). And mondo thanks to all of the people who harassed their friends and family on facebook, and who took the time to vote.
This is going to be a wild, rashy, and hungry ride; I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.
Respect your body!