Taking Things Slow

Thanks for everyone’s comments about the possibility of me running a marathon in the coming months. I really appreciate the variety of opinions and experiences that you guys shared. It definitely gave me a lot to consider.

For now, I’ve decided to take things slow with my marathon goal. I’m not going to register for a marathon or jump right into training anytime soon. Instead, I’m going to increase my weekly milage and see how my hip holds up. Right now, I’m running 3-6 miles at a time with no pain, so hopefully, I can increase this in the coming weeks. If all goes well, I want to run a half marathon at the end of June. And, if that goes well, I’ll start thinking about running a full marathon.

As much as I want to accomplish one of my life goals, it’s not worth it to me to run one 26.2 mile race with the possibility of injuring myself and never being able to run without pain again. I love running too much to risk it all. I’d rather be able to run 5 miles whenever I want for the rest of my life than injure myself for one goal, ya know? But, anything can happen! Maybe running 13.1 miles without pain will be the motivation and confidence that I need to complete a full marathon? We’ll just have to see! 😉

Snack

After work, I came home and snacked on a Sandwich Thin with peanut butter and raisins. After eating such a light lunch, I wanted something with some serious staying-power. Peanut butter just feels like it sticks to my ribs!

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A little while later, I enjoyed one of my Blueberry Coconut Bars. They’re just so good, I couldn’t stay away! 😳

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Dinner

I wasn’t in the mood to cook tonight, so I kept dinner simple. I had a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger with buffalo sauce and a big ol’ serving of roasted broccoli on the side.

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Mmm… what a lovely piece of broccoli! 😉

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Tonight’s dinner might seem a little dull, but it was just what I wanted!

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Mal and I have a hot date with our DVR. We have a lot of catching up to do! Oh, I am definitely going to have another one of those Blueberry Coconut Bars while I veg out on the couch! 😉

Enjoy the evening, folks!

P.S. Kristine’s auction for the VIP Boston Marathon tickets was supposed to end tomorrow, but she is extending the deadline to Monday. Be sure to get your bid in!

59 Comments

  1. I think you made the right and very smart decision. I actually had to pull out of my 3rd half marathon that is coming up next month because of really bad shin splints. I don’t want to train hard and end up causing stress fractures. Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies and put that first instead of our goals. Your doing great!

  2. I think that it is a great idea to take things slow – the last thing you want is to get hurt! Fortunately, I haven’t had any problems with running yet and run marathons because i just absolutely love to go out on long training runs – and the feeling i get when i cross the finish line. BUT, it’s not for everyone. You should work your way up! You just crushed your 5k, so focus on a 10k next!

  3. I think you have me sold on the Garmin! Can I ask why you chose the Garmin over a Nike+…I’m in between and there is a huge price difference!! Happy Friday 🙂

  4. @Lauren: I actually owned the Nike+ and I liked it a lot. But, after about 6 months, I had a number of problems with it. The sensor had trouble finding the “egg” in my shoe and eventually, the battery in the “egg” died and I never replaced it. It just wasn’t as reliable as the Garmin.

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