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Friday, December 15, 2006

Renewed

First of all, thanks to everyone for the advice and encouragement lately, it has been a big help. Ever since Thanksgiving, things have felt stressful and strained for me, and the running has definitely taken the back seat to some other things. But today, I feel much improved in mood and I feel like renewing my marathon committment.

I feel so much better today than I have in a week! For one thing, Scooter is MUCH better now -- he got his stitches and shunts out today and he's back to his old self, so that's a HUGE relief to both me and my husband. Secondly, I finished everything with the semester, including the issue with the student who wanted his grade changed -- to have this semester behind me is a blessing; it was busy! Lastly, we have all our stuff ready for our trip to MN, and we leave this afternoon. I have to do some last minute packing and some cleaning (I wouldn't dare to leave a dirty house!) and then we're off at 3 pm.

Changing from the full marathon to the half has crossed my mind, but after carefully thinking about it, I think I have to give the full marathon my best try. I'm going to try and re-do the 20 while we're in MN; otherwise, even if I don't get it done, I have done an 18, 16, 14, 13, etc so I feel I've put in some long distances and have tried to be as consistent as possible, and I'll just have to see what race day brings. I can certainly say, though, that this first marathon experience makes me want to do another marathon just so I can do the training better (generally, I do something wrong the first time, learn from the mistakes and then do it much better another time around), but I have resolved to give Disney my best effort possible! So, I have to think positively about it and shed the self-doubt that has weighed me down lately.

Thanks again for the thoughts and comments: I will be out of town for the next 2 weeks, so posts will be sporadic, if at all. Enjoy your holidays!! And I'll talk to everyone again soon!

10 comments:

neese said...

Have a safe trip, Happy Holidays! xo!

Justjunebug said...

i hope your holidays are the best ever, and even if you can do a couple of 17's i think that would help tremendously!!!

miss petite america said...

good to see your spirits are back up :)

safe travels and running!

Firefly's Running said...

Jess, you should be able to do it. The weather will be cooperating. Send me a ring while you were in the area. :D

Billy said...

I think marathon running is so much about the mental side of things so don't give in to the old 'black dog' and just get out there and do it. Its not easy, especially if like me, the winters are wet and cold. You need to work on increasing your mental strength and the physical will follow. I'm also trying to run a marathon and you can follow my progress on my own blog at http://marathontrainingandnutrition.blogspot.com/

brunettechicagogal said...

Glad you're feeling better (and Scooter, too). You can do the marathon -- I believe you've got it in you! Happy holidays!

Running Jayhawk said...

Okay...I am just now catching up in 800-something posts from a mini blogging hiatus...I just wanted to say that I'm glad things are on the ups for you (and scooter, of course!) and that you've done the distance to sustain yourself during the marathon. If you can't squeeze the 20 in while in MN, don't worry to much about it. You'll still be brilliant. As you know, marathons are a mental game and you will own that race. *hugs*

Nicole said...

Can't wait to hear how MN was.

a.maria said...

like everyone else has said... running is 90% mental. don't stress too much on your past training.. what's done is done. focus, get your mental game on, and put your heart into it.

i think you just might surprise yourself.

and remember... you've got the RBF behind you, cheering you on all the way!

Runner Susan said...

Hope your holidays were wonderful. Here's to a great new year!