Hi All! I am so excited to be part of this awesome community of mommy runners!
I just signed up for the Ogden Marathon in May (anyone else out there doing that?) and it will be my first marathon. I found a training program on Runner'sworld.com that is a first -time marathon runner program and you only have to run three days a week. It's called the FIRST program. Anyone have any experience with that, success? failure? likes? dislikes?
Now that I've signed up I feel like my body is falling apart, so I'd thought I'd write my body a little letter:
I'm writing this formal letter in hopes that you and I can work out an agreement for the coming months.
First let me explain to you why I'm suddenly waking up at 5:00 in the morning, going on runs in the frigid cold, forcing you to move it, move it. I have a goal. I want to run a marathon this year. See, Body, this is an off-pregnancy year. I'm not breastfeeding, and I'm not planning on becoming pregnant for at least 6 months (yeah, we needed that recovery time, huh?), so this is the perfect time. I'm also turning 30. I know, I know, you're not old Body, you're in your prime. That's why now is the perfect time to run a marathon.
This marathon goal is a time-dependent goal, a goal that will benefit you, Body, if you'll just let it. I promise I'm not trying to kill you. I'm trying to make you stronger. So, will you please stop developing nagging aches and pains? I know you're probably trying to tell me something important, but can it wait?
Hips- I need you right now. I promise I'll stretch you out, and I'll even work on making you stronger. Are you in? Alright Knees, look lively. You are critical for my success. I promise I'll do those exercises the physical therapist gave me if you'll just not get any worse than you already are. Alright Stuffy Nose- Will you please last only a few days and not develop into pneumonia or some sort of long lasting awful cough? I could really use you for breathing while I run.
Look Body, I'll make a deal with you. I promise to add miles responsibly, eat vegetables at least twice a day (I'm sorry Taste Buds, please forgive me. This is for Body), and train my core. I just need you to stay strong. I promise this is for you. This is for your good. So stick with me!