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7 Quick Takes - The Marathon training edition

1. 56 more days until the National Marathon.  In case you missed it, I AM registered for it!  OK, got that out there.  Deep slow, breaths, Katie
2. And also, in case you have not noticed, I am nervous.  Very nervous.  I am obsessing thinking about it way too much lately.  56 days seems like a long time until you figure in the fact that two weeks of that is taper time.  Which means I really only have 42 more days to get myself in good enough condition to run 26.2 miles.

3.  I know I can run 26.2 miles, but I am not sure how fast I can run it.  I do not want to run so fast that I feel like I am going to die by mile 20, nor do I want to run so slow that I am racing not to get run over by the "street sweeper" that brings up the end (OK, I do not know if there is really a street sweeper, but you get the point).  So, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what my race pace should be.  I have looked at the "miracle mile" pace prediction, I have guessed by my10ks and 1/2 marathon times and those clever formulas, but I am really not sure how fast or slow I should try to run on race day.

4. Speed work.  Nope, have not done much.  The plan I am using does not have me doing any.  And since  my only goal has been to be able to run my first marathon and complete it without injury, I was not concerned about speed work.  But now I am a bit worried I have not done a bunch.

5. My last long run did not go too well and I cut out two miles early.  I was horribly dehydrated and the cold was getting to me. Two hours into the run, my hands became numb.   This weekend's long run WILL be better!

6. My ipod needs a good revamp.  Any good running song suggestions? 

7.  Can I tell how wonderful my husband is?  He encourages me to run an extra mile when I say I am too tired and I do not have the energy to run even my scheduled run.  He gives up his own workout time, so I can get more time in on the treadmill. And, he listens to me talk about running all the time a lot.  He is a gem!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. 1. You will do fine.
    2. Yes, there is a street sweeper, but it comes way behind everyone.
    3. Send me an email and I'll help you figure out a pace. mom2shoo at
    4. It's ok to not to do speedwork for your first marathon. Concentrate on endurance.
    5. You'll do fine.

  2. Best of luck to you. Just stumbled upon your blog and it made me smile. I did my first marathon in November and I remember feeling like you do. I was more concerned with finishing than pace because of an injury but the day turned out to be one of the best days of my life. I hope the same goes for you.

    oh, and my name? Katie


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