Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Guess what I did?

I signed up for this:

Yes, the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego. It's the first weekend in June of this year. In my effort this year to Move More and Eat Less I finally decided to bite the bullet and sign up for a full marathon. This will be my 3rd marathon. I ran the LA Marathon back in 2005. My daughter was just over a year old and I really really wanted to run something. So I picked a marathon. Easy, right? I pretty much trained by myself, not really counting my mileage. I just ran by time. And I finished the race but I wasn't fully trained or prepared. The best part...Now I had a time to beat!

So I signed up with Team In Training and trained for the San Diego Rock and Roll in 2006. I had a coach and teammates and training runs and training plans and I also raised over $5500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma foundation. My dad at the time was battling cancer and this was my way of 'helping'. I had a great 2nd marathon, knocked 35 minutes off my previous time. Then I lost my dad to cancer and kinda wandered around in this always-injured-but-still-trying-to-force-myself-to-run kind of funk for the next 2 years. I pulled my achilles tendon and took a long time to get back from that.

But I made it back. I ran the Surf City Half Marathon in 2009 and the LA Rock and Roll Half this past fall (October 2010). I broke 2 hours in the half and was very happy. And I caught the racing and running bug again. So this is the year. The year for another marathon...and i'm excited!

So now, in addition to baking and crafting and scrapbooking, you all get to hear about running and shoes and icing and stretching and training and blisters and chafing in weird spots. Well, maybe not the chafing...but I will definitely be tracking my progress. I am in the process of putting together a training plan and hope to start seriously training in about 3 weeks. I have a big goal for this race, but i'm going to see how my training goes before getting all crazy about it. I hope you will all stick around for the ride!

17 comments:

Michelle H. said...

OMG!! How exciting!!
What a beautiful place to be at to be in one too!!
Love San Deigo!!
Thanks for your kind words on my blog!!
Have a Blessed week!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Sounds like fun Mara! That is so awesome! I used to be a runner but wound up with a non union stress fracture in my foot and had to have surgery, so no running for me :( I will surely be thinking of you! :)

Lee said...

Way to go, Mara! Hope your training goes well and that you will have a great run. I haven't entered Comrades this year but I'm hoping to run the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in April.

Angie said...

How exciting about San Diego!!! Glad you found my blog and I am looking forward to yours!!!

theelfqueen said...

Sounds fab, Mara!
Good for you!

Joni Kix said...

I'm excited for you!
My running friend here at work is trying to convince me to run the Long Beach marathon. Hmmm... I'm still thinking about it. 26 miles is an awfully long way...

Monique said...

OH I am so excited for you.. Way to go!! I cant wait to hear all about it..I have not ran since my accident 2 years ago but with my latest surgery things are looking up so maybe next year :).. Ack Julian is leaving BL!! :(

Mary said...

You are really ambitious and I can't wait to hear more. I am relatively new to your blog but wanted you to know how much I enjoy visiting here. I hope you had a great holiday and that the new year brings all measure of good things your way. Blessings...Mary

Rebecca said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! And such a great cause. You rock :)

lacylegend said...

am sooo verrrrry proud of your goal for june!!!!!!!
hapy training and keep eating, tho!!!

Dana said...

You go Mara! I'm so inspired by your willingness to take this on.

Belinda said...

Oh so cool! Be sure to share some training tips! Maybe one day....

mustangkayla said...

Way to go Mara! I'll be here to cheer you on!

BethieJ said...

YEAH MARA! (and this answers one of my email questions! FULL!) Happy Training!!! :)
Happy New Year!

Mariah said...

Yeah! Congrats to you! Keep the inspiration coming! I am training for my first marathon...NYC's ING in the fall-Yikes! But I have always wanted to do one of the R'n'R halves...maybe Vegas next year?! Please keep us posted on your progress! Yeah to you!!!

Erica said...

So excited for you- I know you will rock it

IamDerby said...

Wow, I cant even imagine, seriously I cant run down the block