Monday, November 9

"I Think I Can, I Think I Can"

Next to the story of "The Princess and the Pea" my next favorite book as a child was "The Little Engine That Could" Who would've know how much this story would parallel my life as an adult. My life especially these past two years has been one of overcoming seemingly the impossible. If it were not for my relationship with the Lord and His Word I would not be able to reach the top of that mountain. Thank you all so much for the encouragement, advice and all around pep talk on whether or not I should make 2010 the year I see a long time dream fulfilled. First I want to answer a question asked from the last post. Yes, I have done races, many of them. The longest distance I have run is the half-marathon distance. My most common race has been the Tulsa Run a 15k. I have done up to 14 miles in training runs but it has been a looooooong time. This year my longest run has been 6 miles due to the fact I have had one pain issue after another anytime I try to extend that distance. This is one of the reasons I have been so uncertain. Thankfully it seems these issues have resolved and I can begin in earnest to work on my running. Realistically I know that if I pursue this dream I must adjust my goals and expectations. I have usually trained with the purpose of meeting a time goal or having a PR. But if I were to do this marathon I think I will just frustrate myself trying to do that. So where does this leave me? This is my plan so far. I know that the OKC Memorial Marathon sells out. It has sold out every year and this is the 10th anniversary, so I don't have a great deal of time to sit on this. In light of my current running year, my plan is to take the rest of November to see what happens when I move past the 6 mile mark. Before I can commit to this, by that I mean put down the money, I need to work on increasing my mileage this month and building up my long run distance. I feel like since I have been able to resolve the hip pain through proper stretching I can now work consistently on increasing my weekly and long run mileage. I was so blessed by your comments that I really think I CAN marathon! So here I am anxious to see how my month goes and excited for the first time in a long time to possibly be training for such a special race. I'll keep you posted!
My plan this week;

Mon. run 4 (done)

Tue. 4 (took off bc father-in-law ended up in hospital)

Wens. 4 (done)

Thur. 4 (done)

Fri. 4 (with hills,done! One more run this week to go!)

Sat. 5 (done! that last mile was sloooooow)


Lisa said...

Hi there. I discovered your blog via your comment on Stacey's blog, Running to You. I'm a mom too and finding time to run has at times proven to be difficult. I'm adding you to my reader and have become a follower of your blog. Looking forward to getting to know you and reading about your progress.

Stacey said...

Hi Terri! Wooo- hoo!!!! I am so glad to hear all of this positivity! Congrats on the hip pain coming to a resolution.
I look forward to the rest of the month unfolding and seeing what your decision is about the OK marathon.


Mark said...

Sounds like a well thought out plan!! OKC would be a great one to run, I hear.

Wendy said...

Yay! So excited for you!

Tina at Gotta Run Now said...

Having a race that you're shooting for definitely keeps you motivated. I hope this month is another pain-free one!

Thomas Bussiere said...

I don't think you can - I know you can. You are stronger then you give yourself credit. Say it, go sign up, and train smartly. Just believe, and it will happen.

Keri said...

You will do great! I look forard to hearing about your training!

Kate said...

Terri - go for it if you feel NO pain! I followed Hal Higdon's plan which is great. I also discovered Jeff Galloway's plans which are very useful for those coming of an injury or who are more prone to injuries. It mixes walking with the running for many reasons/purposes. I am thinking I may mix this in with my longs runs and see if it helps my ITB issues when I start back up.

Nicole on the run said...

I often mumble to myself during my runs: 'I think I can, I think I can!' It really is a great story!

Would you like to exchange links? I'm also a running mommy!