Monday, April 1, 2013

Big News!

Another week of training done.  However, I pretty much just ran.  I only had one day of cross training and that I am not happy with.

My runs were fantastic though and my long run, which I did on Thursday, was 6 miles.  So very happy about that.

I am having some issues with tightness in my calves and hamstrings.  Possibly the lack of cross training?  And to top that off, I don't think my new shoes, that I love, are working for me.  After my 5 miler last week, my shins hurt and also around my ankles.  It did not improve with my 6 miler.

I was wearing Asics 2160's and switched to Asics Nimbus 14's.  The noticeable difference is that the 14's are softer.  I am thinking that I need to switch back.  After all, I did get fitted for the 2160's and the man spent almost an hour with me and came to that conclusion.  I trust him and I am not sure why I was trying something different, so today, I will look for 2160's.  The newest model, the 2170's, are out now.  Anyone wearing them?  How do you like them and is there much of a difference from the 60's?

And now for the really big news!

I am officially signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon!!!!

I stayed up late, as registration opened at midnight.  I was a little worried since there was such chaos for the people who registered for Chicago and MCM.  I did not have a problem.

I was able to log on to Active at 12:05 and that is that.  It is done and now I am going to run 26.2 miles November 17th.

Honestly, after it was done, I got teary and my hands were shaking.  It is a strange feeling to want to jump and and down with excitement and shout your news to the world and at the same time, want to crawl up in a little ball thinking, "what the hell did I just do?"

It's all good though, there is way more excitement than fear and the messages that you all left me on my FB pages just made my morning!

To celebrate me taking on the marathon, I have a Shubeez 26.2 to give away.  Use the rafflecoper form below and good luck!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter!

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole

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  1. Whoohoo! I had that same feeling when I signed up for my first- so excited and giddy, yet wanted to puke at the same time! Good luck- I'm sure you'll do great! Finishing=winning!
    My best advice is to enjoy it, the process and the race itself. Don't stress out too much, cross train, strength train, and have fun!

  2. Congratz on your registration! I'm so far from that, so it's super motivating to watch your success. I'm having the same problems with my hamstrings and calves, so I would welcome any tips from others. I'm doing tons of stretching, but that tightness just won't quit!

  3. Congrats on signing up for the marathon! I ran my first marathon in January. My advice would be to make sure not to head out too quickly. I know that everyone says that but it's very true. I went out a little too fast and was suffering on the final 6 miles.

    Stick with your training and you'll do great!

  4. Congrats on signing up for your first marathon! The half is the longest I've ever done and I am not sure a marathon will ever be on my must-do list. I am always motivated and inspired by anyone who runs a full marathon. :)

  5. I'm running my first marathon next month,so I don't have advice.

  6. Congrats and best wishes! By the way - I was a lover of the Asics 2170 series of shoes. They no longer carry that line (after the 2170s) and I recently switched to the Brooks Adrenaline and am one happy camper.

    1. Sara, I was told today that the GT-2000's is the upgrade form the 2170's. I got them and will run my first run in them tomorrow. I really hope I like them!

  7. Congrats on making the first step. My best advice for a 1st timer: have fun and enjoy the journey :) Also have a good training plan but be open to listening to your body and backing away if needed.

  8. Congrats on signing up!! So exciting! I hope your new shoes work well:)

  9. Congrats on signing up for your first marathon!

  10. Well, I have never run a marathon...but I recently ran my first 5K and my advice to you is to stretch well and stay positive! :)