Monday, April 4, 2011

Marathon #2: Let the Training Begin

I never in my wildest dreams thought there would ever be a marathon #1, let alone a marathon #2. Yikes! I’m super excited to start training for the Chicago Marathon and couldn’t wait for the kickoff run with Get Fit Atlanta this past Saturday morning. The good folks at Get Fit got me through my first 26.2 and I’m counting on them for the next one.

My early morning pre-run pic. Cheese!

They’re having sign-up runs all month so we officially don’t start training for a few more weeks, but it still felt good to get back out there with everybody.

My former pace group coach, Barbara (r), and her speedy companions.

Me and my new yellow coach, Karen, after running 3 miles.

I was a bit torn between moving up to the next pace group or staying where I am. While I plan on getting faster, I also plan on doing the Galloway run/walk method for the marathon, and the faster pace group doesn’t do it. I like to run the shorter distances and use the run/walk for longer ones. I just simply enjoy it better and to me that’s what’s most important. Fortunately, I have the flexibility of mixing it up and going back and forth between the groups – as long as I can keep up. Gasp!

Speaking of keeping up, I missed my morning run today due to an on-camera interview I had for an exciting new project I’m working on. Shh, it’s a secret that I can’t wait to share soon. I’m off to catch up on my workout. Twenty-three days until my birthday goal, not that I’m counting or anything. Ahem.

Winks & Smiles,

13 comments:

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

You go GIRL!! I have never made a walk/run plan but let me know if you need any advice.. HUGS!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Yay for new training and excited to hear what the secret is. :)

Diamonds said...

Good luck with your training. I'm sure you will do great on your marathon.

Michelle said...

Yay! Good luck with your training!!

Shelley said...

How fun - I love training with a group!

Marlene said...

YAY for getting together again with the training group! It's a bonus to have two groups to choose form, and the flexibility to move back and forth as needed. Looking forward to following along on your training for 26.2, take 2!

keyalus said...

Thanks for posting about this! I've always been interested in group training but not quite sure it would work for me. I wasn't aware that they had a Kennesaw location which is close to me and a lot more do-able than Smyrna. Also pleased to see they have a trail/ultra group because that is what my big target is this year!

Yum Yucky said...

Marathon is a such a scary-heroic word. No wonder my legs haven't gone that far yet. And now I'm all curious about your secret 'n stuff.

Kerrie T. said...

Woohoo! Number 2!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i ahve tried the run/walk but for some reason it's just much harder for me. I know a lot of people finish faster than me that way, bu tonce I walk I'm pretty much done running

Anne said...

Yay for marathon #2!!! Inspiring :)

Can't wait to hear the secret!

Katye said...

Yay Yay! can't wait for your news and that's very exciting about your interview!

Wifey said...

Thanks, Everyone! I appreciate your encouragement and kind words! Keyalus, Get Fit Atlanta is awesome! I so encourage you to give them a try! Smiles!

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