Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fearless Training


If you've followed my blog for a while, you already know I lived through a runner's worst fear.  Last fall, I developed a stress fracture on top of my left foot just two weeks before the Chicago Marathon. The worst fear we all have as runners came true for me.  I completed my training in the swampiest, most broiling southern summer imaginable.  But, I could not make it to the start line.  The DNS was a difficult pill to swallow.  I still choke on that pill when I think about it now.

I didn't take my Chicago failure lying down, however.  I was Fearless. I jumped in the pool and ran!  I worked my way up to 2 hours and 45 minutes without stopping while keeping my heart rate in a specific zone. Other people in the pool saw me as the weird old lady...and I didn't care.  I  treated cycling as my easy, tempo and long runs.  I was Fearless.  I increased my weekend ride peaking at 60.15 miles as I attempted to duplicate the time it would take to run a marathon.  For 10 weeks, I did whatever I could to save my Disney Marathon registration.  I was Fearless -- with a side of crazy.

 

As this year's Chicago lottery entry period approached, my first thought was "no freakin' way".  I didn't want any part of it!  Uh uh...not interested.   Tricia even questioned me about that.  Let's hope she didn't save my disgraceful texted response.  But then, those little wheels starting turning.  {Ho, don't you want to replace that bad memory with a good one?}  Hmm... {Do you want that DNS to win?}  Agh!

So, here I sit with an entry into the Chicago Marathon.  Being completely honest, I can't say I feel the expected exhilaration just yet.  It's because it's being overshadowed by fear -- the same fear I got when deciding to run my first half or when I took that leap to do the full.  What if something bad happens?  What if I injure myself?  And then I remember, I LIVED THROUGH THAT...and I SURVIVED.  What have I got to lose?    [The answer would be fear.] 

I can and I will train fearlessly.




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33 comments:

  1. And now you know you can train for a marathon without much running! Hmmm...where have I heard that before? Thanks for passing the fearless baton onto me! Dreams do come true. And we'll get to meet in October!

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    1. We definitely both learned that lesson. It makes me wonder how to approach this training cycle. Less is more, perhaps? Speaking of training cycles -- the one time I actually followed one, it didn't work out so well.

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  2. I'm glad you faced down that Chicago Marathon! And I look forward to reading about how you conquer it!

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    1. Redemption will be sweet...I hope!

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  3. I do hope the worst is over and you do make it to the start line this time.

    I had to DnS the Big Sur marathon a few years back because of an injury but I decided that okay, maybe that marathon wasn't for me. I ended up doing the wdw marathon as my first and now really have no desire to go back and complete big Sur. Maybe one day I will, but not now! -M

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    1. Part of me was glad Disney ended up being my first marathon because Disney was my first half. It felt very fitting. Full circle, right? And you know I loved it!

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  4. You are exactly right! You've been there done that! Chicago is Yours for the taking! :)

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    1. I can surely conquer training while injured. But, I DON'T WANT to do that.

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  5. You will love Chicago - looking forward to following as you get ready for a great and fearless race!

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    1. Everyone has great things to say about Chicago. I'm looking forward to getting there this year.

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  6. I think the real word you're looking for is determined! And yes, I think it's a good idea to replace that bad memory with a good one.

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    1. OK, agreed. 'Cause don't tell me I can't do something. I'll work tirelessly to prove you wrong. Maybe "stubborn" is the better word?

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  7. Wooohoooo Chicago here you come!!

    Sending nothing but positive thoughts your way as you prepare and knock that fear out the window!

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    1. I think I've got something like 150 days to kick that fear to the curb. Let's get it on!

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  8. I am sure this year's will not be a DNS. Fingers crossed.

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    1. I can't imagine being that unlucky. Oh wait, yes I can. LOL. I'm going to do things a little different, so we'll see how it plays out I guess.

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  9. I love that as a mantra... I can and I will train FEARLESSLY! Think positive and good things will happen!! :)

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    1. I think I need a new momentum bracelet with the words FEARLESS on it. The one I wear now says DIG DEEP.

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  10. Somehow I missed the little detail about Chicago...or is this the first disclosure? (I'm probably late to the party LOL) Woot!!! Congrats, and happy kick-buttocks training ;-)

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    1. Training will feel especially kick-a$$ in the nasty swampiness we call summer around here. But, if Chicago is warm again like last year -- I'll think "so what?" I do that every day!

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  11. Wow! I love this last quote "What do I have to lose? the answer would be fear". That is a motivator right there!

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    1. It may just become a mantra as training goes along.

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  12. Woohooo Chicago!! Congrats girl! You will ROCK it!!

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  13. Replacing the disappointment with a happy memory is a great thing! I think that will be the reality this time around :)

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    1. I refuse to think about an alternate ending. It will happen this time. It will!

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  14. You have come such a long way this year between injury and running your first marathon, that this one will be less fearful. Can't wait to follow you, I know you will rock it!

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    1. I'd really like to beat my previous time since I was still injured (or at least not properly trained) at Disney. And, beat it bad!

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  15. You were so incredible with all of your pool running while coming back from your injury! It truly is a runners worst fear, and you had just about the worst timing possible. I hope this year's Chicago is your redemption.

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    1. I hope so too Meagan! Fingers crossed.

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  16. I let fear win and didn't enter the lottery for the Chicago Marathon, and I'm kicking myself now...

    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. P.S. I love the picture of your prunie fingertips and watch!

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    2. Your son is in Chicago! That would have been a great trip and race!

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