As many people know I have enjoyed running marathons for over 18 years now. Believe it or not, I hated running until my 3rd child Megan was born. Megan had colic from 0-5 months old. I owned a jogger stroller that I used with my other 2 children, but usually kept my running to about 3-4 miles. With Megan it was different. I found the longer I ran the more peace I had because the jiggling helped her to feel better. I had increased my runs to about 8-9 miles over the next year and also began running 5k’s and 10k’s. The Christmas of 2000 my husband gave me a book, Marathon! by Jeff Galloway, as a joke. (Charly probably regrets that now) I began reading the book and was inspired! I trained and ran my first half marathon the following November.
The Seattle Marathon in November was my first half marathon. Honestly it was terrible! I ran the entire thing but the weather was absolutely miserable! It was extremely windy, in the mid 30’s and rained the entire time. I was freezing and let me tell you – running in cotton is NOT a good idea! Immediately after crossing the finish line Charly & I headed to the hotel to get in the hot tub. (Not a wise decision) I told my sisters, and probably everyone I knew back then, that I wouldn’t run another half again.
Well, in January 2001 Andrea, my twin sister, called saying she wanted us to do a full marathon. Somehow she convinced me to sign up for the Vancouver International Marathon in May. We trained exactly as Jeff Galloway’s book told us to, run 10 minutes and walk 1 minute. Five months later we were at the start line of my first FULL marathon! It was a beautiful sunny day and we had planned to try to keep a 10 minute per mile pace using the 10 minutes of running and 1 minute walking plan that we had practiced with. We were going along perfectly as planned through Stanley Park and I saw a distance marker that said 20km. I was ecstatic! I looked at my sister and told her, “I can’t believe we’re already at the 20 mile mark! I feel great!” She laughed at me and said, “That’s 20 kilometers not miles!” Needless to say, that really burst my bubble! After running for quite a bit longer we hit the Motrin Mile, which was mile 20. Thankfully they actually gave out Motrin along the Motrin mile because I really needed it! Once we got to about mile 22 we both decided to give up the walking 1 minute part of our plan. Our legs were hurting so much that we knew if we started walking we’d end up walking the entire last 4 miles. Fortunately we were able to keep going. The sun was still shining and as we headed toward the last ½ mile of the marathon course. Then the song, “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” by Travis Tritt came on. Suddenly we didn’t feel any more pain and we kicked up our speed to finish our 1st full marathon! It was thrilling and exhilarating!
Again, I swore I’d never run another marathon. I’d proved I could do it and it was off my bucket list!
WRONG… Running marathons is like childbirth, we remember the uplifting and terrific parts and black out the pain. The end result supersedes what we have to go through to get there. Three weeks later my two sisters and I had signed up to fundraise $4000.00 each for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and run the Honolulu Marathon scheduled for December of that year.
More to come –
Jeff Galloway’s latest information on training for the marathon. You’ll learn how to maximize fun and accomplishment while minimizing or eliminating over-fatigue and injury. This has been used by over 10,000 average people with a 98% + success rate. You’ll find the latest evolution in training, walk breaks, form innovations, new pace charts, prediction tables, motivation, fat-burning, and how to have fun. You’ll also learn about Phidippides and our marathon heritage in this 100-year anniversary of the first organized marathon. This is the state-of-the-art in low mileage marathoning!