In 6 days, I will be running my first marathon! I’m doing the Disney Marathon with Team in Training. I’m running the 26.2 miles in honor of my college friend Megan, who was diagnosed with leukemia (for the second time) this summer.
Through your generous donations to Team in Training, I was able to raise $2,994.00 – or 125% of my goal – for cancer research. It’s not too late to make a donation, if you are so inclined. 🙂
In the last 20 weeks, I have run 475.82 miles as part of my marathon training! Whew! Training for a marathon is something I never thought I would be able to do (because of my injuries), and I’m very grateful that I will be able to run Disney in Megan’s honor.
Thankfully, my London vacation coincided with my taper period, so I didn’t have to do too much running while abroad. I did, however, manage to work out 7 out of 12 days I was on vacation, which I am very proud of!
- December 24: I ran 5.0 miles.
- December 25: Rest.
- December 26: I ran 4.1 miles.
- December 27: I did 30 minutes of cross training in the gym.
- December 28: Traveling!
- December 29: I ran 7.0 miles.
- December 30: I ran 3.0 miles.
- December 31: Traveling!
- January 1: I ran 3.0 miles.
- January 2: Rest.
- January 3: I ran 3.0 miles.
- January 4: Traveling!
Even on the days I “rested,” we walked MILES all over the city. And with the exception of a few boozy nights and indulgent meals, I managed to keep my eating and drinking habits as normal as could be for a vacation. I didn’t gain a single pound, and my endurance has not slipped away!
I am very excited to run my first marathon, and although my taper period was a little more relaxing than I would prefer, I am going to trust the last 20 weeks of training and KNOW that I will have a fun, safe, and memorable marathon on Sunday!
Goals for the weekend:
- Hydrate like it’s my job.
- No more alcohol.
- Run two or three more times, but only 4.0 miles or less.
- Meditate on a positive race.
If you’ve run a marathon, what’s the best piece of advice you can give a newbie like myself? My #1 rule for races: Don’t eat anything weird the night before – or you could end up running the Chickpea Masala 10K! 😉
See you in America!