37 Days

It’s marathon training update day.  Running a marathon is probably not a big thing (as in important) to most people; to me, though, it’s huge.  Running a marathon is more than just running 26.2 miles.  For me, it’s a celebration of life, of remembering where I was 2.5 years ago, fat and struggling to run for even a minute.  It’s validation of all the work that’s gone into getting me to the point of even being remotely fit enough to attempt a marathon.  And it’s a reminder of the spiritual victory that’s set me free to run this race called life.  Yep, this marathon is about much more than running to me!  So thanks for indulging me in these marathon updates!

We’re 37 days away!  Holy cow.  That’s like a month and 7 days.  I hope I’m ready.  My psoas pain is much better.  A couple of weeks ago the chiropractor I’ve been seeing did some dry needling on the area.  I’ll have to write more about that later, but it’s a bit like acupuncture in that he stuck a bunch of teeny tiny needles in my groin where the pain is.  It wasn’t too bad until some of the needles got poked into the areas of the muscle that were super sensitive.  I seriously thought I was going to lose it and just start bawling because it hurt so bad.  I hate being a wimp.

But after the needles came out and I rested for a few days, I felt so much better.  I completed 2 runs with hardly any pain, and after my appointment this past week, I got the okay to go back to training as usual  Yay!

So yesterday was speed interval day.  I have a friend who’s in his 50’s and just ran a 5K in about 21 minutes.  My hat off to him because I struggle to run 800 meters (about 1/2 mile) at a pace of 7 minutes 15-30 seconds/mile.  I can do 400 meters at that pace pretty easily but anything longer than that is a major struggle.  But speed intervals are amazing after the fact.  After one speed workout, my pace just naturally picks up.  I run faster without even thinking about it.  It’s crazy, but that’s why I keep putting myself through those drills.  They totally stink, but the gain is so worth it!

003So 37 days and counting…I need to start adding to my marathon playlist.  I have a “Long Run” playlist but it’s not long enough for 4.5 hours.  I like listening to contemporary Christian music.  Any suggestions for songs I should include in my playlist?

Author: Juanita

Thanks for dropping in! I'm Juanita. People tell me I don't look like a Juanita since I'm red headed and freckled with super pale skin, but what's in a name, right? I'm a 40-something, single (as in no kids, never been married) gal from Oklahoma. I'm a nurse and most importantly, a follower of Jesus. I love chocolate, am scared of heights, and petrified of snakes. After my fortieth birthday and coming to grips with the fact that I was obese, I discovered I'm a runner and a CrossFitter, and that there's a whole lot of life left to live. I just had to get past the fat, stare down the fear, and realize that 40 is not too old for new beginnings. So this is the story of my struggles and adventures in the quest to live a healthy life in mind, body, and soul.

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