Monday: Think, ain’t no way I’m signing up for a race.
Tuesday: Think about how all your BGR friends will be having a girls’ weekend without you.
Wednesday: Think about how fun the post-race events will be.
Thursday: Conclude a girls’ weekend is not worth running 13.1 miles. On foot.
Friday: Doubt Thursday’s conclusion, and visit littlerockmarathon.com.
Saturday: Visit littlerockmarathon.com again.
Sunday: Decide I am going to run a half marathon, but only in order to justify girls’ weekend.
Monday: Start the registration form on marathon website.
Tuesday: Think about running.
Wednesday: Finish race registration. Then think, crap I really need to train.
Thursday: Spend 30 minutes at work doing research on foods to eat before running.
Friday: Think about running.
Saturday: Run 6 miles.
Sunday: Think, I ran 6 miles yesterday!
Monday: Two days ago I ran 6 miles!
Tuesday: Three days ago I ran 6 miles!
Wednesday: Four days ago I ran 6 miles!
Thursday: Thinking about running.
Friday: Get another Moving Comfort sports bra from Run On. The right gear is important.
Sunday: Rest, because a week ago I ran 6 miles.
Monday: Think about getting serious about training.
Tuesday: Run 3 miles. Celebrate a fresh start.
Wednesday: Run 4 miles.
Thursday: Run 2 miles.
Saturday: Eat a cutie. Run 6 miles, and then regret eating the fruit because now I have to go to bathroom really bad, but run two more miles but only because it was dark, you didn’t know the route and didn’t want to get left behind.
Sunday: Nap like a baby because yesterday I ran 8 miles. Google pre-race food ideas again.
Monday: Run 5 miles and spend 30 minutes reading Amazon reviews on the Garmin Forerunner 110 because I’m a marathon runner.
Tuesday: Rest and visit Academy to eye the Garmin watches. Worry about Saturday’s long run.
Wednesday: Run 4 miles of hills. Convince myself I can’t run 10 miles.
Thursday: Run 2 miles at work because I’m so excited my Garmin arrived.
Friday: Spend way too much money at Academy on Under Armour Cold Gear. Sabotage tomorrow mentally.
Saturday: Eat five crackers with peanut butter on top. Run 9.67 miles, because I can’t run 10 miles.
Sunday: Rest and wonder if I could have run the full 10.
Monday: Gain back the confidence that I can run this week’s scheduled long run.
Tuesday: Run 4 miles down the boardwalk on a business trip in Miami. Get dehydrated.
Wednesday: Drink water. Run 4.5 miles down the boardwalk in Miami.
Thursday: Pump myself up for Saturday.
Friday: Mantra: If I can almost run 10, I can run 11.
Saturday: Drink a Gatorade prime thingy and wonder if R&D tasted it first. Run 11 miles. Plan to get some new shoes from Run On.
Sunday: Rest think “hot doggety, I ran 11 miles.”
Monday: Cross train at a Crossfit trial class. Tell everyone I’m training for a half marathon.
Tuesday: Rest and recoup very very sore arms.
Wednesday: Run 4 miles of hills.
Friday: Wonder if I can run 8 miles faster than 3 weeks ago.
Saturday: Eat the prime Gatorade chews. Run 8 miles and feel good.
Sunday: Rest. Gloat at improved running pace and the fact I’ve lost 10 pounds.
Stay tuned for the next five weeks…