My first marathon was an impulsive decision I made in my 20’s before my frontal lobe was fully developed. Since that first marathon, I have run a total of 5 marathons and was celebrating a conscious uncoupling from marathons for the past 10 years.
The first time I ran a marathon
- iPhones did not exist
- Texting was fancy
- I listened to music on an MP3 (because the iPod was a passing fad)
- I had 2 weeks to train.
I was a young mom with three babies, 4-years old and under. I had survived three high-risk pregnancies with three healthy girls and was a trainer in a gym. I was living the miracle and felt a little invincible.
I had two weeks to train. I had no idea I was even on Heartbreak Hill during the marathon. I decided that when you are not running really fast it does not matter as much. I did not know how many miles was in an actual marathon. There was no “search engine” to fully understand what a marathon entails. My training was a 9 mile run the weekend before and a chat with an experienced runner on the bus ride to Hopkinton. That bus ride probably saved me a trip to the hospital that day. Who knew those water stations were important?
Currently, at 44 my life and legs have changed. My girls are calling me excited about their college classes. My father is not available to get nervous about my crazy life choices. And, my life has helped prepare me for this marathon. I made the decision to run this time for, Cal, my running motivation.
The training was going great until July. I had to take a month off because of weakness in my left leg and the summer heat. Today I finally felt strong enough to run a solid distance. It takes a lot of planning for me to run that distance, now. I don’t understand how my body works but with a fully developed frontal lobe, I am very careful.
I decided to add caffeine to my life again and only drink one cup of tea before my run. I am still intermittent fasting which means it has to be timed perfectly in the day. I am trying to add more yoga to my schedule. Today I crushed my 10 miles in under 90 minutes and was able to work a full day, walk the dogs, bathe the dogs, fold laundry and clean my house(“clean” might be a generous description of my house..cleaner is more appropriate).
I am thrilled that I hit my goal this morning and I am ready for next week. My goal is 11 miles.