When you ask me about my first marathon, my first thoughts are not positive. It was a total disaster in my book. I had certain expectations from my training and those did not even remotely happen. When I look back at my training and my approach to race day, I see the mistakes. I slacked off in cross training about three months before the marathon. My running during the week also reduced. I trained with the local Galloway group so a month before we ran a 26 mile run. I didn't have any trouble with that run. I was able to run my 3/1 run/walk intervals the entire time. Yes, I was sore after but who wouldn't be?? I knew I could tackle the distance.
|A few pages from my training journal before my first marathon - NOT good...|
|Walt Disney World Marathon Medal 2013|
|A page from my training journal this year, even injured, I'm working hard!|
So how am I going to run a marathon in 15 days? Well, you see, I have this great group of friends that have been so supportive and have carried me thru this recovery that I know they will also carry me through this marathon. Just hopefully not literally! ;-) I feel so blessed to be able to run with so many wonderful people down at Disney! We have such a great group! Everyone is positive & uplifting and so fun to be around! We've got amazing plans already lined up and we are planning our pace and our intervals. Our goal is to have fun and enjoy the race. Not sure why you would run Disney just to run it and not play & enjoy it but some people do!
I have been working really hard to keep my fitness up so I am ready! Sure, I got sad and bummed when I first got injured but then I went into FIGHT mode! I'm going to beat this and come back better & stronger! I've been swimming, biking and using the elliptical. I'm still doing "long" somethings on the weekends. Whether it be a long swim or a long, multiple machine cardio workout. I'm going to do this. I'm going to get that medal but most of all, I am going to have the funnest run of my life! 26.2 miles of smiles, giggles, pictures, silliness and an EPIC conga line across the finish! #CorralG you know who you are! I love you guys and I cannot wait to run with you in 15 days!
|Not everyone will be there with me but many will be from this picture! <3|