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This Rookie’s Ramblings, (Krysten, #1): Here We Go!

by Krysten on February 11, 2013 · 8 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2013)

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!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystal Neskey February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

Hey! I using the same training program as you :) if you ever need buddy for a long run let me know. I also hate the fuel belt!
Happy Running
(my email is

2 Robin February 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

Great job on your first three weeks! Sorry to hear about your bra issues. You could look at the bright side. You actually need a bra. I’m so light on top I can get away without one ;) I’ve been training for the KBVCM myself, but haven’t been brave enough yet to actually register. If I can live through my 12 mile long run this Saturday, I’ll probably do it. Keep it up. I look forward to your next post.

3 Holly February 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

Great start sounds like! I too, hate the belt! I also prefer Aquaphor instead of body glide. Good luck, looking forward to reading all about it!

4 Rachel February 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

I had to break down and buy body glide the other day. It definitely helps! As for the bra, I’ve had the same issues. Finding one without seams where’s it’s rubbing is key. I’ve found a crappy WalMart bra with no seams at all that offers support, and even though I have to replace it more often (and it’s a WalMart bra), at least I’m not dealing with chafing issues.

5 Pete February 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Way to go Krysten! Count me in as a runbud all the way through. Go cookie monster!

6 Kimberly February 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

hi Krysten, sounds like you’ve made a great start. You’re going to love Jess Cover and marathon 101 (all your friends and family will start to think Jess is your guru for how much you will talk about her awesome running wisdom and encouragement–she’s the best!!). You might test out your different sports bras–I have some that start to chafe after a certain mileage but are fine for shorter mileage (have found a difference even within the same brand)–Body Glide is a marathon training essential. If you’re looking for another long run running partner, I’m also available (

7 Erik February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

7 miles already! Oh how I remember how good a hot shower felt after long runs in the depths of winter…stay warm kpf!

8 christa February 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hey lady!! I love reading your blog!! I’d love to run with you sometime as well, on a weekend or something. Bodyglide or something is a necessity, I use 2Toms Butt Shield (really) I actually won it in a blog giveaway. It is NOT fun to hot shower on chafed skin.
I look forward to your posts! You’re an amazing human KF.

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