Friday, August 17, 2012

29 days, holy Sh*t!

Hot damn! Only 29 days until my goal marathon. Where the heck has time gone? It seems like only yesterday I was sitting in a cafe with my Coach going over my previous injuries and outlandish goals for this race.

Training has been going amazingly (minus one shin pain scare a few weeks ago). I've been officially in training for the past 10 weeks, for the 10 weeks prior to starting "official training", I was base building and coming back from a heinous hip flexor injury that had me wondering if it would ever go away. (it eventually went away 100% about 7 months after it started)

(pumped up marathon kicks in orange-blue, original elixirs in purple-white)

I also recently decided on the shoes to wear for this race. It was an Agonizing decision because I was so attached to my Nike lunar racers, but the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7's have proven themselves over the past 2 months and 120+ miles that they are worthy to be on my feet at the start line in St Charles on September 16. My brand spanking new orange-blue pair will have about 50-60 miles (and 2 long runs) on them allowing them to be fresh for tackling the Fox Valley 26.2 with me in 4 weeks.

I'm filled with nervous anticipation for this race.

•It's the most consistent I've ever been training wise for a race. Ever.

•No injuries to cripple and sideline me like nearly every other full I've done.

•3 more "long" 18+ mile runs until game day. With one of those- 20 miles- after work tonight. Yikes!

•about 20 runs left until FVM.

•A 35 minute PR to punch my ticket to Boston is not impossible.

•I don't know what I'm wearing for the race asides from the elixirs and lulu shorts. But since I train in different clothes each week- not a huge issue this far out.

•I'm missing a wedding in Brasil to run this race. I need to #makeitcount and #Findgreatness

•Hotel and rental car are booked. My Daad's all set to fly up here to cheer for me.

•Over 10lbs lost since last year this time. With 6+ alone from the past 10 weeks. I feel much better without the extra lbs. :)

•A nice short 2 week taper to look forward to. Because anything longer will rest me too much.

I'm so pumped for the next few weeks!

- xaar


  1. Good luck! I am so glad your training is going good and you are feeling good. I love the look of those shoes, so pretty. I am running in Mizunos right now too and really like them now that I found the right pair.

    your marathon will be here before you know it!

  2. YAY! I am so excited for you!! I really think you are going to smash it. Super exciting that your dad will be cheering you on!!

  3. Wow, missing a wedding in Brazil for a marathon is indeed a big sacrifice. I think you have a decent shot of getting that 35 minute PR - even if you don't get there, you will get a massive PR regardless!

  4. wow 29 days until you marathon thats amazing!! So i saw that you just recovered from a bad hip flexor injury, i hurt mine very badly last year and its been a long recovery and i am wondering if i will ever run long distance again. if you get a chance can you email me about how you recovered? would love to chat with some one who feels my pain! lol


  5. This absolute great news. I am so happy for you and wish you the best of luck. I will definitely be cheering you on from Colorado!

  6. I am so pumped for you! I continue to be inspired and awed by your training!

  7. YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR. You are going to do SO AWESOME at the Fox Valley Marathon. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!! CAN'T WAIT TO CHEER YOU ON!!!!!

    I am so glad to hear that your hip flexor injury is finally fully recovered. What a huge boost of confidence at just the right time!

    And congratulations on picking THE shoe for the big day! I think I am going to be wearing my Mizunos (Wave Rider 15s) for the Chicago Marathon, too. Yay for Mizunos! The orange and blue combination is so pretty, too.

    How did the 20-miler go!?!?!?!?

  8. ps I tagged you on my blog today for doing so awesome with your comeback!

  9. I'm so jealous that you managed to lose weight in this process. I'm totally going the other direction.

    I thought of your shoe dilemma when I was at Dick Pond last night. I tried on the Saucony Kinvara 3s and they are awesome. The lines on the toe box are horizontal rather than vertical and feel so much better! You'll love them for the next race.

    Can't wait for Sept. 23!

  10. Yay!! I'm so excited for you and happy that you have been able to run injury free so far!