Saturday, July 18, 2015

Marathon Training Begins

Here we go.

I am just a day away from starting marathon training.  Day one is July 19th to be exact.

This time around it is eighteen weeks.  I will have two twenty milers and five eighteen mile runs.  Did you just throw up a little?  I know I did.
Could it be that simple?

As most of you know, my first marathon did not go exactly as planned.  I had nearly perfect training but race day, I found myself not feeling as well and spent some time in porta potties which was as gross and horrible as it sounds.

 I finished that race in 5:23:23.  So, naturally, my goal for my second Philadelphia marathon is sub five hours.

Not just a PR of a few minutes, no, not me.  I am going for 4:59:59 or better.  Honestly, "or better", is what I want.

It's a big goal.

Big enough that I enlisted a little help.

Most of you know Michelle of For the Love of Running.  She is a runner who I look up to.  Someone who inspires me and someone who I trust.  She is a wife, mom of three, and Boston marathoner.  She has followed me and my blog for quite some time now and I know she "gets" me.  She is also a certified running coach.

My goal is big, and, I am pretty sure I never want to do this again.  So, I wanted help.  I needed a coach. Michelle was the first person I thought of.  We met and talked about what I wanted to achieve at Philly and what some of my concerns were. She listened and put a plan together for me that I feel is perfect.

My emotions are all over the place. I go from excited to nervous, happy to scared all in about a minute.  That is to be expected and normal, I get that.  Praying I don't make my family too crazy.

I will keep you all posted along the way with a weekly post.  Coming up on Friday is my fourth Blessing, and technically, my first long run of the plan.  I love this race even though it is tough and the weather is usually miserable.  I have a goal for that race too, but trying to not freak out about it since I missed my goal for the first four races I had this year.  I did say I was moving on from that so this will be the last time I mention it...

So tell me, are you training for a fall race? How is your training going?

Oh, and one more thing. I started running in July of 2011. I do not know the exact date but know that it is my Runiversary this month.  I am not even sure runiversary was even a thing in 2011?  Anyway, I am so proud of what I have accomplished since my first steps and am looking forward to what the next several years have in store for me.  Thanks for being here and continuing to inspire me.  Love all of you!

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole


  1. You never attain the remarkable by setting your sights on what is already within your reach. Go for the "or better" Nicole! You've got this! I'm excited to see this journey! - BryanB

    1. Thank you Bryan! Yes, the "or better" is in my sights for sure.

  2. Good luck to you! I'm training for two Halfs this fall. I'm about a month behind in my training for the first one and only a week behind for my second. I'm trying to stay optimistic and not get so discouraged that I give up.

    1. Hang in there Ellen. Do not give up! It will all be worth it.

  3. So excited to follow you along on this crazy journey! Good luck!!!!!
    I'm kinda-sorta training for a late October half marathon - as in I'm doing the training plan for it, I just don't know if I'm going to actually *RUN* it! hahaha It's a really tough hilly course and I just don't want to do a tough hilly half this fall. Some of my work peeps are running it, so that's the only reason I'm even considering it. I guess I'm waiting to see how I feel about it as we get closer. ;-)