Marathon Tuesdays: T-96 Days until Marathon Sunday

by Shawnda on October 8, 2013

in Running

Welp, I did it. I officially survived the first half of marathon training. Two weeks ago, I went out and ran 13.1 miles on a perfectly gorgeous morning.

When I was finished, I made Jason drive me over to the running shoe store so I could buy one of those 13.1 stickers for my car. And then we were passed on the highway by a dusty beater with a 70.3 sticker.

Possibly it was a reminder from above that there is still much work to be done. And possibly it was just a fantastically hilarious coincidence.

More realistically, it was simply proof that there are people out there who are totally &^%$#@! crazy. Because 70.3 miles?!

BUT I DID NOT LET THAT STOP ME. I now have a 13.1 sticker.

September, in numbers that no one cares about but me:
Miles – 81.88
Time – 44+ hours (!)
Avg Speed – 4.2 mph
Calories burned – 11,761

I’ve run nearly 260 miles in 2013, 184 of those since training officially started in June. Not too shabby for a fat girl who likes to drink and cook and eat! And then drink some more. And then swear off drinking forever. And then unswear it off 3 days later because… hey look, it’s beer! And I’ve kinda earned it :)

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1 Jen M O October 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm

That is amazing! I wish I could just do 3 miles without walking. Great Job! You are an inspiration.

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2 Mellybrown October 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Fantastic!!

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3 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Way to go!! That is so incredible, you should be super proud of yourself!

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4 Trish October 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

That is so awesome! I totally care about those numbers. I think they’re inspirational :)

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5 Tracey October 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Way to go!! You are killing it! Shane is one of those crazy people with the 70.3 stickers on his car (and actually now he’s got 140.6 from his Ironman too) – insane.

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6 Joanne October 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Yes!!! I am so so so so happy for you!! You are doing amazingly.

And I always try to swear off alcohol for every marathon. And then I want beer. Sigh.

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7 savannah s October 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

i mean technically there’s only 13.1 miles of running in that 70.3 miles, so i wouldn’t worry about it:) (and i say this as one of those crazy people who did a half ironman for my 21st birthday last year:))

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8 Shawnda October 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

That makes me feel better :)

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9 barb October 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

You give me hope Shawnda!!

I have a plan. Keep posting cause I’m needing someone to keep me going!!

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10 Rebecca A. October 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

13.1 is awesome! Curious, have you shed pounds or inches in all thus training?

P. S. Beer is a good carb so don’t feel bad for having one or two.

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11 Amy @ The Nifty Foodie October 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm

You are SO awesome!!

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12 tara October 15, 2013 at 10:06 am

Is that a garmin you have ? Do you like it ? what variety do you have ? maybe you’ve already done a post on this and i missed it ? i’m considering getting my boyfriend one for xmas that’s why i’m asking so many questions ; )

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13 Shawnda October 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

It is! It’s the Forerunner 610. I like it a lot. I have the footpod and heartrate strap for it as well. My one wishlist item is that it communicated with an app on my phone. Totally unnecessary feature :) But some of the newer Garmins might do this.

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14 Rachel @ Following In My Shoes October 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

I am in AWE! I’d love to do a half (or even a 5K) but …. I kinda like my couch and bed.

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