I am so super happy to type that not only did I run the Full Marathon untrained but I PR’d last years time which I fully trained for. Last year I finished running the full 26.2 miles in 5 hours and 59, this year I finished in 5 hours and 19 minutes. I was/am elated. I totally had the runners high yesterday.
I made a list of what was different between my trained year (Jan, 2014) and untrained year (Jan, 2015)
1. TRAINED YEAR: I was drinking daily. About 6 drinks a day. Usually a full bottle of wine plus two beers. Because I was drinking lots, I was eating all the wrong kinds of foods, greasy, fried, overly processed “foods” if that’s what you want to call it, “food.” UNTRAINED YEAR: I stopped drinking and started to eat clean. Marathon day was not only my 3 month no drinking date but also I was at the end of week 12 of consistent exercise and clean eating.
2. TRAINED YEAR: I weighed 147 lbs on Marathon Day UNTRAINED YEAR: I weigh 138lbs. It makes a difference, trust me.
3. TRAINED YEAR: I peed at every water station which is located at almost every mile UNTRAINED YEAR: I only peed twice. 🙂 I don’t know what THAT was all about last year.
3. TRAINED YEAR: I wore the wrong clothes and irritated my skin TRAINED YEAR: I invested in some awesome compression pants AND I taped my kneed and Achilles really well. I swear this worked awesomely
And the list goes on but more about small technical details. The point is thought that I was smarter about this marathon and more clear headed. I did get to reflect some and even memorized a verse:
Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize
I also listened to a couple of chapters of Wild through my Audible app.
I really attempted to go within myself and answer my own question of “Why do I feel like I need to hurt myself?” There is something that tugs at me when I am doing “good” for myself that rebels against me. In other words, why do I self sabotage?
I don’t know the answer. But I am searching.
Gotta go. My boys want to watch a movie with me. Will write more later. But first some pics of me in my Marathon gear. I run for RunForOurSons, an organization raising money to fund research for a cure for Duchenne MD.
Day 1: No Pot