Tuesday, July 28, 2009

26.2 Anyone?

I have an announcement...

drum roll please...

I'm running a marathon! Yes, that's 26.2 miles in a row, in one day, and no, I'm not crazy:)

Anyone wanna join me???

P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon
January 17, 2010

My friend Louisa decided to do it and she wants me to join her. It's the first time for the both of us. (Hopefully my friend Kiera will run it too!) I really like running and it's always been something I've wanted to do. I feel like now is a good time because we aren't planning on getting pregnant for a while and the more kids I have, the harder it will be for me to train. With two, they can both ride in the stroller while I run. Also, I don't have to travel to compete, it's here in Arizona. Plus, I still have a while before I have to start the formal training so I have enough time to get in shape for that.

Louisa let me barrow her book called The Non-Runner's Marathon Trainer and it's awesome. It's written to train first time marathoners. The guys and gal who put it together have trained over 200 participants, most who didn't even like running, and everyone except one person finished the race. (There is some story about what happened to that one, but I haven't read that part yet.) The book has blurbs from some of the runners where they tell what an amazing experience it was for them. I'm so excited!

Having a baby without pain meds was a huge goal for me and pretty much seemed impossible, but I did it! It is also one of the things I am most proud of accomplishing. If I can do that, I can run a marathon!

I don't know many people who have actually ran a marathon, so anyone who has, please give me any advise you think would help me!

Okay, I have made it known and can't back out. If I get an injury I would have to, but that's about the only thing that will keep me from accomplishing this goal!

10 comments:

Thorne Family said...

My sister Charisse is planning on running a Utah one in Aug. I think it's incredible that anyone can run that far. Good luck!!

royalbird said...

Good luck! I hate to say it, but I wouldn't even join you if I were staying here. Running a marathon is not something I ever want to do! But I'm sure you'll do great!

Connie said...

Ah! I SO want to! That is one of my goals. My mom is 46 and she's ran 2 in the last few years. I could ask her for pointers if ya want. My little brother did too- and he didn't train. You'll do great!

Jeannie and Jason said...

Okay, so I kinda want to, but I suck at running. I'm so out of shape. I think I better start small. Does this one have a half-marathon that I can sign up for? If so, I'm in. I also want to read this book.

Louisa said...

Yea! I am so excited that you are going to run it with me. It would be fun to get some more people to join us. Seriously excited!!!

Josh and Elisha Sandberg said...

I want to train with you! When are you doing your runs? I'm always looking for a running partner. I would be up for runnning right after school gets out if you want, but if you want to train while devin is at work I totally get it.

The Bottjer Family said...

good luck! it's a fun, flat, and fast course. it's a good first race. make sure you train by the program and don't do any more or you can get hurt quickly. make sure you do strength training for your upper body and core in addition to running, it will help out a lot when the runs get longer. be sure to get some GU packs at the sporting good store to train with for extra energy on the long runs. good luck! you'll do great!

texas_princess1109 said...

Good luck Ruthann! I hope it all goes well! I would do it too, but I can barely run 2 miles. :) Maybe in a couple of years.

Brooke said...

That is awesome!! I am impressed. I wish I could say I would do it, but the desire isn't there yet. Maybe someday. Good luck with all of your training! You will do awesome.

Fiery Jack said...

Good luck!

I want to do one some day. Sounds fun!

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