Marathon Mondays: Week 2

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Marathon Week 2 Big Run

I run. But I’ve never considered myself a runner.

I don’t always like the act of running but I’ve never finished even a short completely-distracted 1/2 mile jog and thought, “That was a waste of my time.” It’s getting to the start of that 1/2 mile that I find to be the hard part.

In my very early 20s, I ran 5 miles a day. Every single day – and sometimes, twice a day. I’d slap on some music, grab a stack of magazines, pick a treadmill in front of ESPN News and then knock it out in 60 minutes flat, like I had nothing better to do.

Because I didn’t. Even back then, I didn’t consider myself a runner.

Since then? There are lunches and snacks. Laundry and dirty dishes. A couple of blogs, a couple of rental houses, and a couple of other tasks that always seem like a good excuse to put off running.

But that was before I ran 5.65 miles yesterday. And I’m now ready to call myself a runner. A real runner. Because week 2 of marathon training is in the books and I ran for a longer distance than I’ve ever run in my life. And I liked it.

Before the 5.65 miles. After it. And even during it. (Although, I’d have never gotten through it without all that Nelly and Eminem.)


Week 2 consisted of two 30-minute “maintenance runs” and a “big run” of 4 miles… which ended up being 5.65 miles. And since it was 99 degrees outside, that 5.65 miles was done at 78-degrees on a treadmill.

The beginner’s training plan I’m using advocates a run-walk method – you run comfortably for a portion of 1 minute and walk the rest (say 10 seconds running, 50 seconds walking). And then you increase the run:walk ratio as you go.

Logistically, it’s a bit of a pain to keep up with manually if you’re trying to strictly stick to the minute-schedule so I simply set up a custom workout online and loaded it to my watch (I use this one) – everytime my watch vibrated, I ran… or walked… or was jamming to Lose Yourself so hard, that I just ignored it and kept running.

After a bit, I was jogging for up to 5 minutes up a time before making myself take a 30-60 second walk break. All the way to 5.65 miles.

And then within 2 hours of finishing, I was hungry like I hadn’t eaten in a week. All I could think about were steaks. And burgers. And more burgers. My friends call that “runger.”


Since I’m completely motivated by numbers and love looking at data and stats, my Garmin comes in handy. It was completely awesome to see (and feel!) improvement from last week to this week. But there’s still 26 weeks to go.

And I still want that burger.

9 comments… add one
  • Nice job! After watching Shane train/run marathons for a few years now, I still can’t imagine doing it myself. You are *definitely* a runner!!

  • Awesome job! It’s so annoying how life and responsibilities get in the way as we get older. I’ll take a burger too 😉

  • Liz

    You’re doing awesome! I too get huge protein cravings after running/working out. I remember in college, I used to hate the taste of meat (any kind), except after running. Then the nasty cafeteria burgers were all of a sudden the best thing ever. Good luck with your training!

  • Nice work. My long runs are 8-10 miles at the moment and I need to eat ALL the food even on the Monday!

  • Mellybrown

    Look at how your pace improved! Keep it up!

  • Erica

    Look how much you have improved! You are doing awesome. Thanks for keeping me company while I was running on the dreadmill. Best running partner ever.

  • Girl, that is amazing. Way to go!

  • You are improving by leaps and bounds! Seriously, it’s incredible.

  • oh gosh, I have never run 5 miles in my LIFE!! I guess that’s an attainable goal for me 😉

    great job on your longest run!! as far as I’m concerned, you can have that burger 😀

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