I hope you aren’t getting tired of reading about my LA Marathon training with Team Nutribullet! It seems like this marathon is consuming my life and that ain’t a bad thing! Last weekend, I ran 18 miles for the first time ever. It was amazing! I am starting to believe that I can actually run this entire marathon. There were moments during the 18 miles that I even got a little teary eyed thinking about how far my running journey has come in the last year. I never would have expected to be where I am today.
During the run, I kept thinking back to the speech Nadia Ruiz (100+ time marathoner, 3 time Ironman, and all around badass) gave right before we began the 18 mile run. Among nutrition and proper training, Nadia emphasized that the body can endure much more than we would believe. Nadia ran her first marathon with her dad at the age of 14. Since Nadia had not trained long distances (only 6 mile speed work in track and field) before the race, she hit the wall at mile 12! She started crying and told her dad she couldn’t finish. Her dad encouraged her to push through the mental wall knowing that his daughter did have it in her to make it to the finish line. Nadia finished in about 4 hours! This began her journey to over 100 marathons and 3 Ironmans. All I have to say is Nadia is my new hero!
Reflecting on Nadia’s first marathon experience, I was able to run the first 17 miles at a very consistent 11 minute pace. It felt surprisingly good! Running along the Santa Monica beach didn’t hurt matters either! My only mistake was stopping to walk for .2 miles after mile 17. When I stopped to walk, I felt every single little pain and ache so it was hard to get running again. Needless to say, I ran the last mile in 12:35 minutes. I’ll take it!
Since some of you had asked about my training plan on Instagram, I thought I’d break it down for you below:
This program is working for my body. Naturally you need to listen to your own body when creating a training schedule. I had to switch a few things up mid-way through the program, and so far, it seems to be helping with my long runs. You may also notice that I’ll be on vacation a few weeks before the race. Luckily I will be tapering off my longer runs during this time. However, I have three runs scheduled for each city I plan to visit in Australia. I figure it’s a fun way to see the in’s and out’s of the different cities! And being the Type A person that I am, I already have the running routes planned out.
Something happened that switched my entire attitude toward this marathon over the weekend. Maybe it was Nadia’s inspiring story or the successful 18 miles, but I am starting to feel like a real runner and I am even considering more full marathons and full Ironmans after this race. Sure I am not the fastest runner in the world, but gosh darn it, I ran 18 last weekend!!! I’m happy!
Question(s): Who is your running inspiration right now? Why do they inspire you?