Marathon Training (and other silly things people believe in)

Susan, my best friend and partner in (planning) crime, has decided to run in next year’s Country Music Marathon. Something about turning a year older, and God speaking to her has her actually doing something about this dream of hers.

I know, crazy, right?

But she is keeping in the gym, found herself a talented young trainer, and I really believe my friend is going to make this marathon thing a reality.

And I have to admit it is contagious. I want to run the marathon with her. How cool would that be, right?

She invites me along for one of her jogs. A mile down the street. A mile back. This will be cake.

But it isn’t cake. It isn’t cupcake. It isn’t even a feeding tube.

It is hard. And I’m tired. I can’t breathe. My legs are crying out, “Why do you hate us?!? Why?”

I don’t hate you, Legs. I promise. This is for your own good.

I “ran” about 2 whole minutes of a 30 minute adventure. And you want me to run that whole expedition 13 times?

You’ve got to be kidding me.

I just can’t believe I would ever be in the physical shape required for a marathon? How could I break past the 2 minute mark? How would I have the endurance? The lung power?

26 miles is really intimidating. And I want to run it now. Because if I can’t run it now, then I will never run it… Sound familiar?

No more focusing on those long energy draining, hopeless, body killing 26 miles. Nope. The focus is now on 5 minutes of continuous running. And prayer. Lots of prayer.

4 thoughts on “Marathon Training (and other silly things people believe in)

  1. Susan says:

    Amen, sister!!

  2. sowgenerously says:

    Okay, so I have to tell you, I was the same way two months ago. My legs were like lead and my lungs were like boards. Couldn’t run, couldn’t breathe. What the heck was I thinking?

    But some people found my blog and encouraged me so I’m going to do the same for you! By the way, the elite Kenyans just sort of shuffle through that first mile until they hit their zone. The first mile is sometimes ROUGH.

    The technique they taught us (Team in Training, that’s the Leukemia Society endurance fundraiser folks) is simply to walk every day a certain number of minutes — increase every week. Every once in awhile, run for a few seconds. Every few days, run a few more seconds.

    Honest, your body gets used to it! It’s amazing and you feel so good when you can finally do one mile! And you look and feel so fantastic!

    I personally walk two minutes, run four minutes, and keep up that cycle while I’m doing my training time.

    You can do it!

  3. Michelle says:

    Hey–My mom did Team in Training to train. (Her new kick is biking). Good luck running. Keep us updated.

  4. Susan says:

    I checked out This woman is inspirational and has given me great hope. I will most likely let her know one day. I was really beginning to think I was crazy, but she is proof it can be done.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: