I’m running another Marathon

4 02 2012

I did it. I registered for the 2012 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. I will be running 26.2 miles again. It’s been awhile. My one and only marathon was the Philadelphia Marathon in 2009. I had no idea what I was doing then. I had run my first half marathon only 4 months prior. I bought a book (I did do some research) and followed the intermediate plan. I finished, which is really the only thing that matters in your first marathon. I finished within my B goal which was set after I injured myself and had to stop running four weeks out from the marathon. I was very happy with how it went. I am pretty sure I cried when I crossed the finish line. Running a marathon is not something I ever thought I would do once and I did it. I ran 26.2 miles and while I know no one can ever take that away from me I want to do it again.

I want to prove to myself that I can train for 26.2 and not get injured. While I want to ignore 2010 completely and block out the disaster that was training for the Chicago Marathon, I can’t. I have to remember how I over did it. I have to remember what happens when you run through the type of pain that you shouldn’t run through. I will not dwell on the emotional roller coaster I went through, but I will learn from my mistakes.

This time I will run it with friends. With people I know I can run races with. Friends I love running with. I will train in the city I will race in. I will get to train with lots of other people training for the same race. I will be able to do the training runs in Milwaukee. I don’t have a time goal this far out. I am sure we will come up with one as we get closer. For all three of us it will be getting through those late miles that haunt us from past marathons. I will not let marathon training take over my life. I do look forward to post long run naps because those rock. I will not be afraid of those 16+ mile runs. I know I can do it.

On October 7, 2012 Maureen, Sara and I will cross the finish line, together. And it will be awesome.

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12 responses

5 02 2012
FindingMyHappyPace

Congrats on the registration!
I can relate with the haunting injuries in the past, I’ll never forget mine either! You’re a lot smarter and stronger than you were 2 years ago, so train happy!

5 02 2012
Renee

Thank you. I still can’t believe I’m doing it, but I’m also excited I’m doing it.

5 02 2012
Jennifer Z (JenZenator)

WAY to go Renee!! Sounds like you have a great mindset for this one. Go out there and HAVE FUN with it! You can do this!!

Sincerely,

Your cheering section

5 02 2012
Renee

Thanks Jen!

6 02 2012
Angie N.

Amazing! I’m incredibly inspired by anyone who even tries!

6 02 2012
Renee

Thank you! I’m terrified and excited all at once.

6 02 2012
katie

awesome awesome awesome! congratulations! you are going to rock it!

6 02 2012
Renee

Thank you.

7 02 2012
chelseykelsey

I’m so excited that there will be people to virtually follow training with, even though we aren’t running the same race, the excitement will be all the same! I’m glad our respective races are the same day!

7 02 2012
Renee

It’s going to be awesome. I’m really excited for you to do your first one.

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