No, I'm Not Nuts. I'm Just Training For The 2011 Los Angeles Marathon

Boys and Girls, Ladies and Gents, Cats and Dogs...the rumors are true.

I'm training for the 26th Los Angeles Marathon!

If you're asking yourself, um, didn't she already run a marathon? Yes, I sure did. Three to be exact.

I've run two Los Angeles Marathons and one Pasadena Marathon, and I'm gearing up for another one. In fact, I just got home from a quick 30 minute training run and now I'm all psyched and thinking about how proud my sons look when they see me running a race. And I'm thinking about what this year's medal will look like.

Go on and call me a medal whore if you want to. After all, it's true. I like the bling a whole lot, and my race completion medals DO look extra awesome hanging on the wall in my living room. Besides, I get to totally cheese for the camera after grinding out 26.2 miles. For example...

Here I am on March 21, 2010 immediately after completing the 25th Los Angeles Marathon:

Here I am on February 21, 2010 after completing the Pasadena Marathon:

And my favorite, taken two hours after completing my very first Los Angeles Marathon on May 25, 2009.

Wow, I just realized I ran THREE marathons in less than a year. I feel like hot stuff now. See, this is why I blog. And why I run. I like my pants to fit but I like my sanity even more and writing this post just reminded me that I AM SOMEBODY!

No joke, I had a momentously awful morning today. Some people drink and smoke their stress away, but I've found that the healthiest way for me to deal with stress is by running. Post run, I feel so much better and I started reminiscing about my marathon beginnings.

Back in August 2008 when I began training for my very first race, I wrote this:
"In case you don't know how far a marathon is, it's 26.2 miles. Right now, I clearly can't run that sort of distance. Well, I suppose if you light a fire under me or beat me with a stick, I'd have no choice, but you know what I mean."
Nowadays, I know I can run that distance - no fire lighting or stick beating required!

This year I have new challenges. I'm dealing with IT band issues and I'm recovering from patellar tendonitis in my left knee - which is why I came home and threw a bag of frozen veggies over it - but I'm still showing up for myself. Every training run is a new challenge, a new adventure, a new chance to say yes, I can do this distance - whether it's two miles or 26.2. Plus, I like to listen to awesome music while running because, let's face it, my club days are WAAY over.

Today's playlist heavily featured...

Sorry if I you heard my fingernails on the blackboard awful singing as I ran by your house. I was just really feeling it this morning.

I'll be heading out to Santa Monica every Saturday morning for a long run with my running club, the LA Leggers. It's not too late for you to sign up to do the Leggers program as well if you think you might want to take on the challenge. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it.

Today was a good reminder that I just have to believe in myself and put in the work. No one else can do it for me. No one else.


Unknown said…
Congrats on completing three and good luck with number 4! I'm currently training for the Amsterdam marathon In fact, I'm completely stiff after my 15 miler earlier today. I'll get through this one, but I don't know if I see another one in my future.
Jameil said…
Ian Lidster said…
You'll do it. You have the grit that it takes.
Rose's Daughter said…
Wow!! Good Luck! I'm jealous in a way, I just started running and I I just want to run one mile without stopping! :)
Tafari said…
Go Liz! I wouldnt say medal whore. More like pain whore. My body hurts just thinking about it but I know that you can do it! Congrats on getting your mind right for this challenge!!!
Heidi Beth said…
Inspiring! I've just decided I need to ride my bike every day some or at least almost every day even if for just 15 minutes. My thinking is completely different, clearer, with even that short bit of exercise. I used to compete in ice skating and gymnastics training a few hours every day. While I don't see that in my future (but who knows :)), I do see feeling more whole by honoring my bodies need to move!

What's especially inspiring is you're not letting your knee injury get in the way!
Sundry said…
Such a great update. You do seriously rock. I would take you up on your old invite to run if thee wasn't 60 miles of traffic between me and Santa Monica. Love reading about your running, though!
Liz Dwyer said…
I just looked up the Amsterdam Marathon - one of the top 10 marathons in the world! Looks nice and flat-- 33 ft max elevation! I have NO doubt you're gonna rock it! :)

Guilty as charged!

I hope so! I love running - and even though the getting there is challenging, I find I like the challenge a LOT!

Rose's Daughter,
Have you tried the couch potato to 5K program? That's what I did to get started. There are some free podcasts on iTunes - look for Robert Ullrey. Follow that plan and within 8 weeks, you'll be running 3 miles w/out stopping. ;)

Hahaha! I definitely feel my age now more than I used to, and the aches and pains, but that's alright because it means I have to be more vigilant about stretching properly and taking care of myself - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. ;)

Heidi Beth,
I miss bike riding. I haven't done it outdoors in so long. I agree that my thinking is better after some exercise - at work sometimes I jaunt around the block when I'm having a brain freeze and it helps for sure. As for the knee, I have to take it easy with it, keep doing exercises and stretches for it, and not be afraid to put the brakes on for a couple weeks if it really really starts bothering me. So far so good. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. ;)

That would be a very very long drive for you, especially having to get out there so early. I wish you could come though - that would be fun to see you.
Jen said…
I am so in awe of you that you've been doing this. For me, running is just not my thing, but I do dance, strength train and practice yoga 5 days/week and do a longer yoga practice on Sundays. It's all good. And I never thought about it, but yeah, it does (sort of) seem to replace the old clubbing need (I was always more about the dancing than any other parts of it).
Liz Dwyer said…
You do a LOT for sure. I wish I practiced yoga more than I do. It's definitely good for you.

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