Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Things I'll never have to do again!


I started my marathon training last July and stopped it mid December due to a nagging pain that made it impossible to even run a full mile.  Needless to say,  I did get through that marathon (and the Goofy Challenge) in January.  I was SO glad to see that race and the training cycle come to an end. When it came to marathons, I was one and done!
Walt Disney world Speedway


I knew that I would never have to run more than 13.1 miles again ( I knew I would continue to run halves, just not fulls).  Heck, in training, I probably wouldn't have to
run more than 9 or 10 miles.

I knew I would never have to train in the winter again. I was injured for the majority of the cold spell here on the East Coast so I didn't have to worry about running when it got extremely cold, but I did get a few cold and snowy runs in during December. My husband said he would buy me some warmer running gear, but I told him not to bother. I wouldn't have to run like this anymore!

I knew I wouldn't ever have to run more than 4 hours straight again. My poor old Garmin Forerunner has treated me well, but the battery life on it isn't all that great and about 4 hours is its limit.  While training for my first marathon I knew I wouldn't come in under 4 hours. My husband encouraged me to upgrade my Garmin. I knew this was the only time I would ever need to track a run more than 4 hours long so again, I said "Why bother".

I knew I would never have to plan my weekends around long runs again. Marathon training really is a time suck ya know!


But THEN, on a rainy Sunday afternoon with the most awful pain in both legs and my sister by my side, I crossed the finish line of my first marathon.  I no sooner got my medal and was on my way out of the chute and I knew right then and there that I wanted to do it again.

Marathon training sucks! It's long, it's hard, its painful, but yet I'm more than willing to do it all over again. What's wrong with me?

After stressing out about this and talking to my PT, (and a little input from you all), I decided to sign up for the Disney Marathon again.  Yes, I am still injured. But my PT thinks this is something that I can over come by the time training starts.  I sure hope he is right.  I've talked to him about a training plan that would work best for me and I'd like to tell you all about that later.

Have you ever done something that you said you would "never do again"? -M

71 comments:

  1. I seriously was debating on signing up for the marathon yesterday because I know what a pain the actual training is. But I knew I'd see pictures of people at the marathon and only regret not signing up, soooo looks like long runs will soon be back on my schedule!

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    1. Yay! Glad you'll be training with us (virtually)!

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  2. Wow, I didn't expect you to sign up for the marathon again. I hope you are able to get through the injury and be able to train well this time. Good luck!

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    1. I really trained well last time. It was just a few weeks before the race that my problems started up again!

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  3. Wow, I didn't expect you to sign up for the marathon again. I hope you are able to get through the injury and be able to train well this time. Good luck!

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  4. YAY! You definitely deserve a do-over!! Hope everything comes together and training goes well. I so want to register for marathon weekend again, but I'm thinking I'm going to run Princess again next year. We'll see! :)

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    1. Yes, I am ONLY doing this race because of the DO-OVER factor....lol

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  5. So glad that you've decided to do the marathon again. I really hope it goes much better this time around!

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    1. I'm thinking and can't go much worse! ( eek, at least I hope not..lol)

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  6. I said I would never run a road marathon again (I was obsessed with trails) but I did have the *small* caveat that said I'd do it if I wanted to try to PR.

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  7. Good luck! It sounds like you have a good PT and a good plan so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that marathon training goes better this time around :)

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    1. Thank you Chaitali! It's not the training that went bad, it was just bad right before race day. But then again, anything can happen on race day!

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  8. Oh wow! Good luck! I'm walking a 5k Saturday and that's overwhelming to me!

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  9. You rock!!
    @heatherlas

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    1. Can't wait to see you there! Hopefully next year will go better for BOTH of us!

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  10. I am one of those who has learned to never say never lol. Seriously if I do its like I am just asking for it to happen :)
    That is great news your PT is moving along so well, I am really happy to hear it!!!! Maybe after you get through this next race weekend you can take the time off needed to heal while working with your PT and be ready to start it all up again pain free in a few months:) Very exciting news, and just think in January you'll have your official marathon bib:)

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to get that "official" Marathon bib! So funny that you remembered!

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  11. LOVE! And as I have just this last year completed my 4th last marathon;) I get this completely. Resisted the temptation to sign up for the full again yesterday! I may have another one in me someday but not for a while. But I'm hoping to be there marathon weekend as a volunteer and will be cheering loudly for you, Friend!!

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    1. Yay! Let me know where you will be volunteering!

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  12. The older I get, the less I make statements like that. Things change. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I really did think I was going to be one and done but then again I said that about the half marathon too and I will be completing my 6th one next weekend!

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  13. Wow, good luck. You will be that much smarter this time around! And I thought I would never run a marathon again for all the reasons you mention, but after seeing Boston coverage this year I'm not so sure I'm done!

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    1. There truly is something about the spirit of a marathon that just makes you want to be involved, right?

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  14. WOO HOO!!! You only live once - so kudos to you for going for it!!! I really believe that you are going to be fine come race day. You've got PLENTY of time to rehab, and I know that you will be smart about it.

    After my first marathon, I never thought I would do it again. I still haven't, but the intention is there to do it again SOMEDAY. =)

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    1. Completing the first marathon is such a huge step all on its own! I wasn't in a hurry to do another one, but I need the redemption!

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  15. Congratulations on taking the marathon plunge again! Believe me, I say after EVERY marathon that "I'm never doing that again." And by the next day, I'm already planning my next 26.2-mile journey, haha.

    Marathon training is HARD, and the fact that you've decided to take on this challenge even in the midst of your injury just makes you that much more of a badass! Best of luck with your training -- I look forward to following along! :)

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    1. Really, i'm not a "badass", but thanks for the compliment. I am going to work so hard at recovering. Last year it took me 6 months.

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  16. That's normally how it goes with marathons :-) Good luck with PT and training!

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    1. Thank you. I hope recovery time isn't as long as last year!

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  17. I say I'm never going to run a HALF marathon again, during the race (usually around miles 8-10) - but so far I've not been able to resist the lure of signing up for my next one. I'm glad you're going to give the marathon another go - you deserve to have a good, healthy training season and a race where you aren't hurting all the way through.

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    1. I said that same thing before I ever even ran my first half. I planned to do "just that one"!

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  18. yay! I LOVE THIS! I am so happy you signed up for the Marathon again. I honestly cant wait to get back to WDWM weekend and run again but it will have to wait at least until 2017. marathon training is hard but the reward is worth it. the race I said i would never do again was the LA marathon after the horrible race I had last month. However once I was done, I realized I had always said I would do it in 2016 (the olympic trial here-when else am I ever going to run the same time as the olympic trials?!!?) and then my boyfriend said he would run it too and I signed up again. I can't wait to do what I love (running!), with the person I love (my boyfriend) on Valentine's Day :)

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    1. Wow, that sounds great! I hope the race goes better for you next year!

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  19. Congrats on signing up and good luck with your training! Can't wait to read along and see how it goes!

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  20. I love everything about this post. As I crossed the finish line of the WDW Marathonin 2013, I distinctly said, "never again." But of course, I did the NYC Marathon and I'm jonesing to do WDW again. I'm hoping for 2017 and/or 2018.

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    1. Aww, as soon as I crossed the finish line is when I new I wanted to do it again!

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  21. I loved how this post took a turn to you wanting to continue to train for a marathon :) I hope PT continues to go well and I'll be following along with your training for the next one! When I first started running, I said I would never race more than 2 miles. Now, the half marathon is my favorite race distance so far :)

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  22. Haha, I remember feeling that exact same way. I was going to be one and done, #4 is coming up in the fall :)

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  23. I guess I could tell you to be careful or that it's not wise with your injury but... but... I'm just too happy! Lol! Masochist! Having signed up for the Goofy Challenge myself, now there's a chance I get to meet you guys! Hold on folks, we're going to Disney World!

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    1. YAY! Goofy here you come! I probably should have taken notes from you and did the marathon first and then the Goofy later!

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  24. Between mile 18-26 of my first I swore never again.
    Crossed the finish line and it all changed.

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  25. Ha! You really surprised me! So glad you have a plan and the support of your PT. I'll be there for the 10k and Half, maybe we can meet up! And yes, I'm still too afraid of all those things you listed to sign up for the full just yet!

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    1. YES! I would love to finally meet up with you!

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  26. Very exciting! I was wondering what you decided. It sounds like you've thought it through and are going about it in a smart way. Congrats!

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    1. I certainly hope this was the right decision!

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  27. Take it easy on your recovery and you will get there. I've been there it seems far away I'm sure but be patient! Excited for you

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    1. Thanks Deborah! I'm really crossing my fingers ( and working hard) that I have a speed recovery!

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  28. I'm happy for you! You've got plenty of time to recover and train too. I haven't done a WDW race since 2012, but it looks like 2016 is the year for me. I'm in for the full.

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    1. YAY, congrats on registering. It will be here before we know it!

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  29. I'm glad you decided to do it again! I hope your training and race are injury free this fine!

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    1. Yes, I cant wait to get over this injury and then the goal will be to stay that way!!!!!

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  30. Sometimes you just feel the pull of things, even when you are so sure you'll never do it again.
    That pull is there for a reason :) The heart crying out to push yourself! GO GIRL!

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    1. This is definitely a redemption run and then I'm done for real this time....I think!

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  31. After my first marathon, I said never again. But 3 years later, I had a change of heart and some unfinished business. I'm so glad I did #2. And now I voluntarily signed up for #3! I've got the fever...

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    1. I once heard a person say that as soon as you cross the finish line of your first marathon, you're addicted. I think that's kind of true!

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  32. HAHAHA! Yes! This is my experience! I said I would never do another marathon. Never say never...we shall see! ;-)

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    1. I say that I am probably done after this next one...If it goes well!

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  33. I got chills reading that you signed up again. There's just something about the marathon...I'm so glad you're doing it again!! :)

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    1. Thanks Courtney! it is just something that is drawing me in!

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  34. I think I felt that way after my first week of coach to 5k but then something happened and I can't believe I waited so long to be a runner! Congrats on signing up for #2!

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    1. Thanks! I do think racing becomes addicting!

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  35. Haha I said the same thing after marathon #1 (and it took 7 more years to run #2). So happy for you and can't wait to follow along.

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  36. I just love your sister moment picture!! Amazing and sweet :)
    I would love to do a Disney marathon, if I ever get to it. I hope you can get all your aches and pains to go away, I know how frustrating it is to be injured.

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  37. Because of an injury, I haven't been able to run a full marathon since 2011, but I'm fortunate to be able to continue to run halves and shorter races. The thing I miss most are the hours on the trail during my training runs with my running friends. We have so many wonderful memories of those miles spent together, and I'm grateful for every minute! Here's to a healthy, injuring free training cycle as you prepare for your next marathon!

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