Breakthrough

6 Feb

Christopher and I have been training for the Wisconsin Marathon since the start of the year. We are five weeks through our training plan, and we ran 10 miles yesterday.

(It was 10 miles. Nike+ calibration is off.)

I haven’t talked about our training or our running much here–I just returned after a month-and-a-half-long hiatus, after all–but I’m impressed with my success. I feel am faster. I take fewer, shorter walk breaks. I am more confident, less nervous. I don’t know why or how this happened, but I take it as a sign that we were meant to train for this marathon at this time in this way.

This week–with our longest runs (We did 9 on Wednesday and 10 yesterday.) of the plan yet and my longest runs since the Hot Chocolate 15K in November and the Fifth Third Bank River Bank Run in May–was a breakthrough week. This week showed me I am strong. This week told me that I can and will do this.

We drew up a route yesterday that included plenty of uphill climbs and downhill stretches. We did 6 miles with Dexter, came home to drop him off and take in some carbs and water and then did 4 miles more. I felt pretty good through the first 6 miles–the first 3 of which are mostly uphill. But I felt really achy, especially in my hips, outer thighs and ankles in the last 4 miles.

I tried to zone out to my music and take in the unseasonably nice weather (40 degrees, mostly sunny and slightly breezy). Christopher reminded me to relax and stopped with me to catch my breath. He really is the best running partner.

We showered, changed into our comfy clothes and settled in for the night. I made a pot of spaghetti and meatball soup for dinner and we got Dairy Queen for dessert. We watched the Super Bowl, mostly for the commercials (‘The Dog Strikes Back’ ad for Volkswagen and  the missing cat ad for Doritos were my favorites.), then delved into ‘Breaking Bad,’ our latest television obsession.

I have a busy week ahead–three freelance stories are due by Monday!

Have a good week! Check back with you soon!

P.S. Christopher has a blog for the local paper about our marathon training and other running ramblings. He writes posts a few times a week, and we record a video once a week or so. He would love if you would take a look and leave some feedback!

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2 Responses to “Breakthrough”

  1. kilax February 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi! I don’t recall if I have commented before… but I am excited to see another person doing WI! (I am running the half – it will be my fourth year). You are off to a good start, getting 10 miles in this early! 🙂

    • kaylabee18 February 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      Hi! I don’t think I’ve seen a comment from you, but I thank you! I’m excited for the event; I’m praying for good weather.

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