Monday, January 28, 2013

marathon monday: 11 weeks

I'm getting dangerously close to single-digit weeks and for some reason that stresses me out.

I looked at my training schedule on Saturday morning just before I left and was pleasantly surprised to find I had a cutback week this week. That meant instead of the 17 miles I had hyped myself for (and was, quite honestly, kind of dreading), I was running a cool 13. My legs were thankful.

It snowed in Boston on Friday night, so Saturday morning was absolutely freezing and a little snowy. Let me tell you, running on snow is hard. It takes more effort from your legs to grip and to not slip and slide through the snow. But I conquered 13 in a decently respectable time, though I did take it slow so I wouldn't fall. Yesterday, I went out for another run over the same hills with a friend who's already done this race before (and is doing it again this year). It was nice to finally run with someone. It's been so long since I've done that. And even though I felt like a slow poke and like I was holding him back, I'm glad we did it. Sometimes, the best way to connect with someone is over a run.
If you haven't noticed yet, I threw a little button over on the top right-hand side of my site with all of my Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge information.

Writing people to ask for money is starting to get rough. I'm getting really uncomfortable. I don't know why, really. I'm running for a good cause. A really good cause. I'm proud of what I'm doing. But for some reason I hate asking people for money; especially if it's people I know are in a tight spot financially. I think I just need to get over all of this and just get on with it. People will say no; heck, people have already said no. And that's ok. I'll just keep on keepin' on.

Over the weekend I topped $1,500 in donations; I'm still $4,500 away from my goal, but we're getting there.

Slowly, but surely.

14 comments:

  1. Good job running the snow girl! I pretty much hibernate and hang out in the gym during the winter- not too much longer but you're training sounds like it's going well

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    1. Thank you love! I'm ready to go in hibernation; I guess I'll make up for it when the marathon is over!

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  2. I DONATED!!!!!

    GO YOU!

    xoxoxooxoxoxooxoxox

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  3. wow wow, you are amazing! i'm going to keep telling you that because i think it's hard enough to run a 5k, let alone run a marathon and train for it in this frigid weather! you are awesome!
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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    1. Thank you love! It's definitely crazy, but I'm so glad I'm doing it :)

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  4. No but literally, how do you not fall in the snow...?? Also DONATING TODAY! Thank you for reminding me! xxx

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    1. Oh god it's like so terrible. I'm afraid constantly I'll slip. So I go realllllllly slow haha!

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  5. you're a marvel! how can you run in this shit? a few years ago my friend ran it and had to put vaseline on her face to keep it from freezing off. try it!

    xo
    sami

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  6. Every time I read one of your running-im-so-healthy-and-awesome posts I feel bad about the fact I just ate chocolate. One of these days I'll be in your league.. one of these days.

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  7. Oh my goodness, you are doing so well! I could never convince myself to go out in the snow. You're an inspiration!

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  8. wow, i'm so proud of you alex! what a feat. you can do this!!

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    1. Thank you love! Fingers crossed I make it across the finish line smiling :)

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