Monday, September 24, 2012

Suck It Up

I want to apologize for my last post and my "whining".  I'm trying to tell myself to suck it up.  I'm the one that signed up for the marathon and I'm the one running it.  I did the training.  I've done two marathons already.  My training has been going well (minus the shoulder mishap). 

I just get a little stressed around marathon time.  In fact, I'm pretty stressed over just about every aspect of my life right now (work, personal relationships, family).  If it's not one thing, it's another.  But that's life, right?  Suck it up Amanda!

I'm trying to figure out my marathon strategy for this time around and I can't.  Sometimes I think maybe one thing will work and then I nix that idea.  Should I start with someone (I probably will)?  Should I start with a pace group?  I don't know about the pace group thing.  It hasn't worked for me so far...ever.  I haven't figured out marathon morning yet (time, transportation, etc).  Not even sure what clothes to wear exactly because I'm not sure what the temps will be like.  If they are anything like this will be PERFECT!

I keep encouraging everyone I know that seems worried about the marathon.  They ask me for some tips or advice and I'm more than happy to let them know what works for me.  Some are worried about marathon day (not only Chicago, but others too)...and I know exactly what to say to them. 

I really didn't plan a post today but after stressing about work, sometimes writing or talking about it helps calm me down and put things into perspective. At least a little bit.  I'm just breathing.  I can't change certain things.  I'm not going to try.  I'm just going to work on making my life better and continue to work on my reactions to things.  Hopefully everything will work out.


  1. Yes, I'm hoping for nice/cool weather like we had this weekend. The 10 day weather forecast that includes Oct. 7th will be coming out soon! As far as pace groups, I find it makes the race more fun when I line up behind my target time group. Then, I let them get ahead of me, and during the race, I try to eventually catch up with them. If I don't manage to catch them, it was probably best that I didn't kill myself trying to keep up with them from the start. If I do manage to pass them, it gives me a psychological boost.

    1. I had an awesome pace leader at the IL marathon but at the time, the pace was too fast for me and I dropped back at mile 4. What I don't want to do is feeling like I'm "chasing" them, because that's added energy. But I'm still considering it because I'm in better run shape than I was for my second one.

  2. Anonymous9/26/2012

    I attended a 'last minute tips for the marathon' seminar on Sunday and one thing that someone suggested was to write out a plan for your marathon. What will you eat in the days before? What will you wear - if it's hot out? if it's cold? How will you run? When will you fuel?

    While not everything goes according to plan, I'm going to be writing up my marathon plan tonight because it will help me to visualize a successful event.

    1. That's an excellent idea Lauren! I do that for vacation...straight down to "bring 7 pairs of underwear", "phone charger", etc. So why not for the marathon!!