Thursday, April 8, 2010


I have many weeks {about 21} until the marathon. I just spent about 1/2 hour researching marathon tips and marathon wardrobes, etc.

I have NO IDEA what I'm doing!

I don't know what the right type of shirt, short, shoe, jacket, hat is. I don't know what to eat before, during, or after. I have no clue what an energy gel is {ok, I have some clue but I've never seen these before}. I don't know what to eat during training. What's a Champion chip {I did pick up that this is a chip used to time racers}? How fast should I be running {as my plan is right finish}. How much strength training should I be doing?

I mean, I have a whole page of notes in front of me. I just feel kind of lost, you know? Especially when it comes to clothing for the big day. I don't know if I'll be able to run a marathon in the shoes I own right now; but I probably don't have a choice. Cotton shirts are all I have. I can't go out and spend money on Coolmax stuff {no matter how many times I read that I should}. Shoot, I don't even know if I'll be able to get one of those water bottle fanny pack things {although I really hate carrying water when I run}. Especially when some of that clothing just gets tossed out of my wardrobe {I don't know if this marathon donates the discarded clothing or not - I didn't even know what runners did with those extra layers}.

I'm feeling intimidated, too. I've come across several running blogs: Run Like a Mother: the Book, Tall Mom on the Run, Racing with Babes, It's Just One Foot in Front of the Other, One Run at a Time - there are more {a LOT more}. I know that I just started running at all...but it's hard not to be so intimidated. They all seem like they were born runners.


Running Diva Mom said...

cute blog; cute family :-)


read some of my older post. I was not a born runner. I hated it for a long time!

Erica said...

well my darling...I sure hope your not calling me a born runner....because I am right there with you just starting and all...first take a deep breath!!! ahhh now that you are breathing again embrace those blogs, hop around on them and find out what others are doing/wearing there is a wealth of information out there, and all those blogs you mentioned they are all suppppperrr nice!!! Seriously don't be intimidated, runners tend to be helpful and want to help others love the sport they love! and Target make a pretty good line of cloths that you can probably catch on sale! Ok it's gonna be fine you got time! By the way I'm ERICA and I have totally been where you are, I just embraced all the crazy stuff and really had some fun with it!

Mariah said...

I can help, I ran a marathon.

First of all, the cotton shirts will be fine unless you're planning on winning medals. Your shoes NEED to be good, if you spend money on anything make it your shoes. I wear new balance b/c my feet are wide. Socks? Don't worry about them, you are going to be blistered no matter how you prepare. Don't worry about the water pack thing, there will be plenty of water avaiable on the course. Most importantly, PACE YOURSELF! if you need to walk only do it for less than 2 minutes, because your muscles will tigten up and it will be hard to run again. HOW EXCITING!! Email me with any questions.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Thanks for finding me! So happy that you are joining the running community!

Have you been running long? 21 weeks till you marathon, your first?

What's your training plan? I have a zillion questions, I should email you tomorrow.

I was not a born runner. You'll have to read some old posts to find out just how much I wasn't born to run...but I am doing it anyway!...and for a long time. Running is a big part of who I am and fufills many needs in my life. I believe my running is a gift and I LOVE to share my experince, encouragement and thoughts with others who are on the same path. So....give me an email I'd love to help where I can!

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

I can see how it would be intimidating, but this is a huge thing and think of how awesome you are going to feel when you accomplish it!

It sounds like you needs some of those companies to sponsor!

Stacey said...

Wow, I would have no idea what to do either! Maybe you can get some cool max clothing for a review on your blog.

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