I Think I'll Run A Marathon...

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A few years ago I started running. I ran track in high school a little as a sprinter, but no long distance for me! I'm not sure what changed, but I saw all these other mom's running miles everyday and loving it! They claimed it made them a better mom, helped them refocus, recharge..."ridiculous", I thought.

Of course, I had to see what they were talking about. I started running. I worked up to a few miles and my competitive spirit was giddy with excitement prompting me to run a 5k or two.

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I surprised myself by taking 2nd in the overall women's category in my first race and 1st in my age group in my second. My oldest son ran the second race with me. He told me after the race that I had slowed him down a little. He could have run it faster. Haha! The apple didn't fall too far from the tree I guess.

So it was true. Somehow this repetitive motion - the rhythm of your feet beating on the cement and your heart drumming in unison has an unusual effect. Maybe it's because you're forced to breathe deeply and concentrate on yourself and clear your mind for a few miles. For women and mothers this is especially valuable.
For years since my on-again, off-again relationship with running began I've wanted to run a marathon...someday. Recently as I went for a quick run I realized that I didn't have any valid excuses why I shouldn't run a marathon this year.

Oh, dear. Here we go again.

 

Training for the Marathon

I found this long-term training plan from Sport Fitness Advisor. The marathon I plan on running isn't until October so I've got time to work up to it. Plus, this is a great beginners training schedule that is totally do-able. I've been modifying this schedule so that Sunday is always a rest day and Saturday is the long run.

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I'm on week 3 and feeling good. I'll keep you posted on my progress, diet, helpful tips, setbacks, and probably a few life lessons I learn along the way. 

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Melissa Cornwall has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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