Marathon Training Update

Back at the beginning of August, I set the goal of being able to do a half a marathon (13.1 miles) in three hours. That probably doesn’t seem like that big of a goal considering that I’m training for a marathon and have been for a good portion of the year now. Plus, back in May I walked 26.2 miles at one time – but the problem is that I walked a lot of that time. I have to cut nearly two hours off of the almost-eight-hours that I did back then.

So, to make a long story short: During the time I was in North Dakota I not only ate whatever I wanted (instead of being Paleo like I normally am), but I didn’t do any running whatsoever. Sure, I walked 2-4 miles a day, but that is not the same as running. Then, when I got back to Ohio, I still wasn’t home, and although I walked more, I still didn’t get much running and healthy eating in. So, I was woefully behind in my training.

One of my first training walks/runs in August made me feel as if I were about to melt into a little ball of nothingness. At the end of an hour I was huffing and puffing and feeling quite dramatic and out of shape. When I figured it up and realized I hadn’t even gone at a fast enough pace to complete the marathon in the six hour time slot I had to work with, I was horrified. I couldn’t even keep up the pace for one hour? And I needed to do it for six! I promptly (as in that very moment), decided to be Paleo without any “cheat days” until after the marathon. Then I dove into eating healthily, drinking lots of water, and walking/running as much as possible.

A week later I was thrilled to accomplish my goal of 13.1 miles in 3 hours. Actually, a little over two minutes less than three miles. *cue happy dance* (haha, actually, cue aching legs and exhaustion)
I continued training, although most of the subsequent days I went for more of a 5 or six 6 practice, instead of 13 miles. Long walks/runs like that really take a lot of my energy, so I can’t do them too often or I wouldn’t accomplish much else. 
Eventually I did do 10 miles in 2 hours walk/run, which made me happy because it was by far the fastest I’d gone. (It also helped me put stuff in perspective: Instead of just being annoyed at myself  because I’m not faster/better than that, it helped me recall how until this year I’d never even done ten miles at once. Plus, about six months ago I literally couldn’t even jog for more than two or three minutes.)  

I wanted to get one more good run in during August, so I juggled things around yesterday and set aside three hours to work with. I then decided to have fun with the run and do it inside on the treadmill while watching a movie. (It’s still hard work, folks!)

By the end of two hours my legs were beginning to beg me to slow down, but I was like “haha, no.” Most of the time I traded off between 4.2 (which isn’t running, but for my short legs it’s still a really fast walk), and 5.2 (which is running…It feels like I’m galloping, actually, although I once saw my reflection and thought my legs looked like they were moving extremely slow).

When I reached the three hour mark, I was so very close to have gotten a whole extra mile in, that I went for 3 more minutes and ended my run with 14.1 miles. (And yes, I might have freaked out a little bit about keeping that pace up for twice as long, but hey…I’ve got 45 more days to train…)

Overall I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to run a marathon. I’m so grateful that God has blessed me with the health I now have, and that I can work toward improving it by eating healthy, exercising, and getting proper rest. It’s been a long road, but an exciting one.

Thanks for letting me share my marathon updates with y’all. I hope you’re having a fantastic day!

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Have you ever run (or wanted to run) a marathon? Does it even sound like fun to you? 

Running The Race – Logan

You might have noticed: I don’t talk much about my siblings on here. That’s not because I don’t have a lot I could or want to say about them. It’s more that they have their lives to live, and just because they have a sister whose an author shouldn’t mean their lives are public for everyone else to see. 
I’m going to break that trend though for a moment, and talk about my brother Logan. And let’s face it, he’s a pretty cool guy. Here’s a picture y’all have probably seen before, but it’s of me signing a book for him, the first traditionally published book of mine I’ve ever signed. =)

Logan is eight years older and the third sibling above me. The neat thing about our placements in our family is that he’s the middle of five boys, and I’m the middle of five girls. We don’t see each other a ton, but whenever we’re around, he’s always asking me how my writing is going. He’ll talk things out with me, trying to figure out various elements of my stories. He’s actually the one who made part of my book click when I was trying to figure it out – which made for some quick name changes that then made the whole story so much better! He’s also amazing at spreading encouragement and giving hugs when they’re needed.

Anyway! All that introduction, cause I have a great video for y’all to watch. Did I also mention he likes to run and is quite talented in that arena? Well, he is. So, without further ado, here the video is. Really, you should watch it. =)

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finsher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrew 12:1-2

{Hang on tight y’all! I’ve got an extremely special writing-related post coming tomorrow!}