So I'm excited for this. I played soccer growing up (but sadly haven't played so much as a pick-up game in over a year now), so I did lots of running for that, and Graham was a cross country man. Running a marathon has always been one of my dreams. One of those feats I wanted to accomplish. Something on my bucket list (even though I don't actually have one made out), you know? After helping out with the Outback in the Ozarks 200 mile relay race this past May, I got the running fever again. Being a part of that race and getting to be around so many awesome people (runners have to be a little crazy!) just made me want to do something like that. Now, I much preferred being in a truck while helping take down signs, breaking down exchange stations, and cheering on various teams to being out there in the SNOW, SLEET, and FREEZING RAIN that happened. Yes in May. Yes in ARKANSAS of all places. Crazy! But because of that great experience I started running more by myself and with Graham. But summer heat soon won out to my poor, weak body and I reverted back to staying in the protection of my apartment while not at work. In August this year I started getting back on top of things and exercising again, but then school started and threw a wrench in the works. Flash forward another couple of months. In one of my classes we did fitness testing just before Thanksgiving break. My goal was just to get within the Healthy Fitness Zone for each of the tasks. After doing that PACER test and about dying, I decided then and there that I was going to start running again.
Graham and I talked about marathons and I looked up lots on the internet, and even though the Hogeye is pretty close we decided it was what would work best for us (mostly so we don't have to travel and add in hotel and gas costs to an already relatively expensive race). I'm not excited for training in the cold. Not at all. I'm going to be printing off lots of motivational quotes around our apartment. I know I will need them to keep me going! But I am excited for this. I'm excited to see what I can get my body to do. What I can convince my mind that my body can do is probably more accurate.
Anyone have any advice for training in the cold or ways to stay motivated enough to roll out of bed and run when it is in the teens?? Right now I am focusing on my goal and trying to just think about that. Of course, it was sunny and 50 outside when we went for our run today. Translation: GORGEOUS RUNNING WEATHER. Especially for winter training.
And I already know our grocery bill is going to jump up significantly! I'm already feeling extra hungry today. After day 1 and only 3 miles! I'm also working on remembering to be more diligent in my water drinking habits (I typically get about 45oz each day, but I know I need to increase that).
Also. Nerd tidbit for this post: today on our run we passed through a tunnel on the trail (the one that crosses underneath the road so it's super long) and it always makes me think of the scene at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Harry and Dudley are attacked by the dementors. I may or may not have talked about dementors...and said "expecto patronum"...and told Graham he was my patronus (he was running directly in front of me. Perfect position to take out the dementors!) May or may not have all happened...Just sayin'.
Until next time.
From Marissa, with love.