Marathon Training: Down to the Wire

by This is Carrie on January 18, 2010

When I bought my very first pair of real running shoes one year ago, I never imagined I’d end up here–three weeks away from running my first marathon, nursing sore knees from a 20 mile training run, and not so much worried about if I can finish, but worried about my strategy for finishing in my fastest possible time.



mandi January 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

usually I just lurk, but I thought Id pipe up today ;o)

I did my first half at the Surf City race and I LOVED it! It was the most beautiful run I have ever done. In Dec I did my first marathon. I can’t wait for you to feel that sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line. Its like nothing else…except maybe childbirth – lol

This is Carrie Reply:

So glad you delurked! I ran the surf city 5K last year and it was beautiful. Hoping the beauty will take my mind off the fact I will be running for 4 hours this time and not 1/2 hour.

tamra January 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I looked it up and there are going to be pacers there at the race. So if you know what time you are aiming for, you can pretty much stick with them to pace you. BUT seriously you’re not supposed to have a time-goal for your first marathon! You don’t want to have just done a whole marathon for your first time ever, something very few people even attempt to do, and then be disappointed that you didn’t finish in a certain time.

Stacy January 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm

You’re an inspiration. I’m following you on your blog and I’m doing my first Marathon in June and I love reading your stories. Best of luck!! I’m sure you’ll do great!

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

The eat. blog. run team relay is going to be a fun event. Glad you’re following us. So excited for you and your marathon!

McKay January 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

You are a rockstar. Rock. Star.

Sara January 19, 2010 at 10:04 am

You are SO cool. Really really proud of you. You’re going to do great.

jen January 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

Very inspiring! I am following in your footsteps – signed up to do a half-marathon in June :) I wish you luck next month!
jen :)

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Once I finished my half in September, I knew I was going to do a full. It’s crazy addicting. Good luck in your training.

Carey January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Go Carrie, Go!! :) Have fun!

Casey January 21, 2010 at 8:53 am

Huntington Beach! No Way! My Dad is in Anaheim and I was born in Fountain Valley. I’ll be out there in May for my Grandpa’s 80th bday. GOOD LUCK! 20miles…I still cannot get over that! I’m lucky to get through 2 miles so far. :)

niki January 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

It’s all fun and games until you hit mile 18. Then you’re thinking, “what the hell was I thinking!” Wish I was doing it too. If you’re not to bitter after this marathon maybe you will want to do the Ogden with me in May. You’ll be bitter the last mile…:)

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Todd’s brother was talking about doing Ogden too. So maybe… Trying to mentally prepare now for the walls, and the bitterness, and the “I want to give up right now” thoughts.

AllyZabba February 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm

i am running the surf city half! good luck on sunday – here’s hoping it doesn’t rain on us! my first marathon will be LA in march.

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