Monday, October 11, 2010

Chicago Marathon

I have new inspiration. The Chicago Marathon was yesterday. Every year I'm in awe of the ability of people to run 26.2 miles... at one time, not over the course of a week! :)

There was a time, not so long ago (2006 to be exact), that I said I would NEVER run a full marathon. I said that after running the half marathon for the first time! I think 13.1 miles is just enough miles to cause psychological damage!

Then in 2008, I said again, "I would NEVER run a full marathon."

In 2009, I said, "I doubt I could ever run a full marathon because I don't think my knees would hold up. I mean I can barely finish 13.1 without whining for 4 days!"

In 2010 before and after the half, I said, "Man I would love to run the full marathon. Maybe I could do it for next year? Lots of training. Can my knees handle it? I don't know. Hm...what to do, what to do!"

Funny how things change over the years!...Never...Never...Doubt...Love! lol.

So for the last several months, I've been debating on whether I should train for the full marathon in Chicago. I thought it was sort of funny in that the 2010 marathon hadn't even happened and I was thinking of 2011. The reason being is that you have to register for it fairly early as it closes out fast!

So I'm seriously considering training for it. It would require a lot of dedication on my end. I see all the inspiring stories of people on these blogs training for it!

The charity group that I run for for the half marathon has people that do the full Chicago marathon as well.

I here about all of these amazing and inspiring stories! How can it not make you want to run!

I have been trying to run more days out of the week right now. That's hard for me. I really only ran 1 or 2 times a week. I'm working on doing 3 days most weeks, with one longer run. Next year when I am officially in training for the Marathon, I'll work out a more finalized schedule.

So what do you think? Think I can do it? I've run 4 half marathons. I'm running two next year (not just one). I'm running one in Columbus, OH in May (my nephew lives there), and I'll run my standard one in August.


On another note, I lost 1.2 lbs at weigh in on Saturday! I'm good with any type of loss these days!

I also made a Tangy Pulled Pork recipe in the crockpot last night. I'm eating it tonight so if it's good, I'll share the recipe. I'm kind of mad because I forgot to buy rolls for it so I'll be heading to the store tonight before I eat.


  1. Can you do it? OF COURSE YOU CAN!!! If you think you might want to try it, you should try it! Sounds like you've done plenty of half marathons, why not shoot or the stars!

    Yeah, I can talk a good line, but I fully understand the statement, "I don't think I'd ever want to do a full marathon", because that's where I'm now. I originally said, "I don't think I'd ever want to do more than a 10K", and then there I was, wanting to train and run the half-marathon in Atlantic City, which is this weekend, by the way.

    Unfortunately, due to physical limitations the doctors put on me, I wasn't able to do it this year, but I WILL BE READY next year for sure!

    Congratulations on the victory at the scale. You're doing great.

  2. You can do anything you set your mind to! It will take a lot of time, some major dedication and a lot of will power, but you can do it!

    Congrats on the loss!

  3. congrats on the loss! and i totally know where you're coming from. before i was like, "eh. running or biking long distances isn't for me." but now, more and more i'm really loving the idea of challenging my body.

  4. Sure you can! The earlier you start training, the easier it'll be. Just gently increase your mileage. You'll need to keep a close eye on your knees though so that you don't injure yourself. Other than that, go for it!

    Congratulations on Saturday's weigh in too :)

  5. Wow everyone! Thanks for the encouragement!

    Reen, so sorry you can't run the half. I know you were really looking forward to it. But yep, there is always next year!

  6. Congrats on the weight loss! You can do anything you set your mind to girl! Go for it!

  7. I love reading how you slowly changed your mind to run a full! It's so great to have a goal like that, thanks for inspiring me and good luck!

  8. I am asking reen this same Q:, You did WW right? How did you make it work? I have tried it a few times and never lost a pound. Did you eat all your activity points and WPA? I am considering it again, Whatever is going on with me I am gaining and need to figure something out.

  9. Kathleen, answered you in email! Good luck!

  10. I totally think you could do it!! When I was walking downtown on Sunday, there was a woman walking who ran the race - every step she said "ow, ow, ow." Then I saw other people who you never would have guessed just ran 26.2 miles!

    Hooray on the loss too!

  11. Anonymous10/13/2010

    Hello Amanda. Thanks for the comment on my marathon! I think you can do it IF you want to and it sounds like you want to now.

    I trained for my marathon on just 3 days running each week. Tuesday I ran 10K fast(speed run), Thursday's I ran 10 miles on a hilly route(hill repeats) and Sunday's were my long run.

    Best of luck no matter what you decide!,

  12. whether or not you decide to sign up for the full marathon you should be VERY proud of all the runs you've done!