Tuesday, May 26, 2015

136 Days

Anticipation...

I can't help but sing the old Carly Simon song (or think about Heinz ketchup) when I see this word.

Anticipation, Anticipation
Is making me late
Is keeping me waiting...




                                      Merriam Webster defines Anticipation as: 
  • a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen 
  • the act of preparing for something

Today, there are 136 days until my first {Gulp} marathon.  136 days!  (Not that I've been counting or anything.)  How is it possible for this to seem so close and yet so far away at the same time?  Officially, training begins in 10 days if I follow an 18 week plan.  That's a long time to anticipate something.  I've been trying to wrap my head around this, but honestly I feel a little freaked out.  I do anticipate my nerves will settle down once training begins.

Speaking of training, I haven't decided between two different plans.  I'll probably come up with a modified in-between.  I typically build my base during the summer and run five days a week.  Now, I'm worried that's too much and I might get injured.  I am "older" you know.  And yes, I'm over analyzing it.

What was I thinking with training through the entire sweltering summer?  My morning runs are already so thick and heavy with moisture.  {Sigh}  I can only anticipate after training in these conditions, the weather will break toward the end and it will feel blessedly easier. 

One thing is for certain.   It's very important to me that I anticipate an incredible experience.  As the quote says below, I will enjoy what's coming.
  
Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life.
Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing.
You're cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what's coming.

Nicholas Sparks --
Three Weeks with My Brother

What type of training plan works for you?  Why?

If you've run a marathon, what's the most important thing I should know or do?



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24 comments:

  1. I'm anticipating meeting you!!! So excited for that.

    My advice for #1? No expectations except to finish. Everyone told me that and I still set a time goal for myself. Of course, we all know how that worked out for me! Chicago is an amazing experience, and you should just savor it!

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    1. I'm going to do my best not to think about a finish time. It's hard to do when you have to think about pacing strategy. Can't wait to meet you!

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  2. Well, I wish I had some good advice but I am a halfer for life and even with that I don't really follow a plan. I run when I feel like it and cross train in between but always trying to get in one long run a week. I admire you for taking the plunge and I look forward to seeing your marathon training progress!

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    1. I've only stuck to an official plan once for a few weeks. I've always done a few runs during the week and a long weekend run. I guess my plan was initially based on one I came across years ago.

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  3. I'd do a little research on plans and then I'd pick one that sounds like it fit into my schedule the best. Next time (and I think there'll be a next time!), you can try a different one!

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    1. Yes, fitting into my schedule is an important factor.

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  4. Your going to have a blast.
    I don't get into all this new "type" of training, I am old school. So my advice is just put the miles in each week, and also get those weekly long runs in (when you get to that point)
    I don't follow a plan, but run 6-10 miles 5 days a week, one cross train day (usually hiking) and then 1 long run 18-20 miles a week, and I like to get at least 5-6 long runs in before the race itself, although I know many only do 2-3... just depends on who you ask I guess:)
    I am excited for you, I love the Marathon it's my race of choice. I think you're going to love it, and I bet you do really good too!
    I don't know what my advice on the most important thing to know... Hmmmm I think lets see, going back to my first marathon.
    You can never get the first one back. So many just train to finish, but to train to do your best and actually enjoy the entire race and day, that is magical. I trained harder than ever for my first marathon, and still to this day it was my PR:) It's such an amazing and emotional experience, I can't imagine only training to finish, when there is just so much more to enjoy. So that would be my advice for your first, put the miles in, so you can have a great run and love the experience (and want to do more:)

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    1. I don't want to train to just finish. I figure if I train to race, then if things go wrong then I CAN finish. I want a respectable finish time, although I try not to think about an exact number. If I feel strong, I will think I succeeded no matter what the number is. But, you are right. If I put the mileage in, I should have a wonderful experience.

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  5. I usually cobble together my own plan based on what works for me. You've got plenty of time to sort it out!

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    1. I'm thinking about starting out with 5 days a week, because that's what I usually do i the summer. If I start feeling tired, I can always drop a day. As long as I do my long runs, I don't think it would make much difference.

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  6. Theres something so exciting about all the possibilities that a new training adventure holds. I'm excited FOR you.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, it is exciting. And, IT IS an adventure!

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  7. I'm so excited for you, and can't wait to follow along vicariously through your training this summer.

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks. I'll need some of your good advice!

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  8. Don't lose the enjoyment with worry about the race is my best advice. Put in your miles, train smart, and HAVE FUN!!! You'll never forget your first...<3

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    1. I so want the first one to be an awesome experience! I will definitely put in the miles.

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  9. I'm jealous of you taking the plunge into marathon status and for getting to meet Wendy! You've run long enough, do what feels right, everything else will fall into place!

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    1. There is nothing keeping you from taking the plunge! We could train together virtually.

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  10. I'm excited for you! I totally get what you mean. My first won't be until February of next year, but I already know that it seems so far away, but I know I'll be training before I know it. It's exciting and nerve-wracking all at once :).

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    1. I've already signed up for my 2nd one too! Crazy! It's in January. So, I've got to make this first one a good experience.

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  11. Well you know my story, so I can offer nothing useful, except I will be cheering for you!!
    Loudly, cheering and waiting ( and learning from you) with anticipation to see how you conquer that distance :)

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    1. I do know your story and am thrilled at how quickly you recovered! You also handled it with such grace! I hope I will/can listen to this aging body. I am very much aware that I typically overdo things. :)

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  12. Congrats on signing up for your first marathon. I signed up for my first, for April 2016. I have chosen a 6 month training schedule, starting beginning of October where I only run 3 days a week. Yes, I am getting older too and don't want to over do ! Slow and steady is how I plan to take it.

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    1. Thanks! Congrats to you too. I may ultimately decide on slow and steady. I guess it depends on how my body holds out. I look forward to following your journey!

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