My last attempt at a marathon wasn’t pretty. It was the Rock N Roll DC in March 2015 and I had basically set myself up for failure…
I had to train through winter. I hate winter.
We had a pretty bad winter, so I slacked off and didn’t stick to my training plan like I should.
It poured the entire first half of the race and I tripped in a pothole around mile 15. I ended up half running/half dragging my leg behind me until mile 21 when I realized how stupid it was to keep doing something that made me so miserable/injured…and I quit.
I don’t quit.
So that brings me to the Philly Marathon 2016, which I am running November 20. I couldn’t let my last marathon be a DNF.
I get to train through the summer, which is hard because of humidity but easier than winter for me (I HATE ICE!!). I’ve also lost about 10lbs since the race in 2015, so I think that will be helpful to me come race day.
The training plan I’m using was made for me by my friend’s father who is an amazing runner. I’m running 3x/week, with 2-3 days of cross-training. My body responds the best when I am not running super high mileage but still getting the necessary cardio in each week. I’ve mainly focused on swimming, spinning, and yoga for my cross-training, but I recently rejoined Classpass and I look forward to adding in RowZone, pilates, and strength training to supplement my running.
As far as goals for my race go, I’d love to run a sub-5 hour marathon, but my #1 focus is finishing strong. To me, it’s much more important to cross the finish line happy and healthy than to hit some arbitrary time.
I’ve been at my current job for about 4 years now and I’ve been bored for 3 and a half of them. I like my coworkers, love my company, but as far as my day-to-day job goes….eh. I don’t feel challenged. I think that lack of stimulation is working its way into other parts of my life.
While I search for another job, I’m left figuring out how to reignite passion in other areas of my life. I committed myself to training for my 4th attempt (hopefully third finish!) at the marathon distance. I rejoined Weight Watchers and have been working on cleaning up my diet and losing weight so that I feel like (and run like) my best self. I started a book club with my girlfriends from high school, which definitely helped me rediscover my love of reading.
Unfortunately, very rarely do you find a job that encompasses those things and allows you to make a living doing what you love.
So I have continued to find ways to do that outside of the office. I love writing, so hence my return to blogging. My goal is to add in a little freelance writing, not necessarily for extra money, but for the love of it. Maybe there will be fitness certifications in my future allowing me to share my love of working out with others.
Don’t get me wrong…I am still ferociously on the job hunt. I know that I can find a job that fulfills me more than I am fulfilled currently, but maybe I am meant to get my jollies outside of the 8-5 hours.
I’ve started by picking up a planner and following a pre-written “To Do” list (I. LOVE. LISTS.) in hopes of focusing my efforts after work. It can be hard to come home after the office and gym and focus on another task, but I am always happy when I start.
Right now, I just need to try and stay focused on my goals!