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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Running is a glorious thing that only .002% of the world's population really understands. And I'm not one of them. Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire, anyone?) said that when he runs he feels God's pleasure. Part of me wonders if he forgot a couple of words... "When I run to Raising Canes and eat the delicious fried chicken, I feel God's pleasure." Now that I can relate to.
In case you missed this, or you don't have the itty gritties of my entire life memorized (shame on you), I'm training for my third marathon. Let me just tell ya, training ain't no walk in donut park. It's hard. My calves ache constantly. My mind is tired of being this bubbly coach who peptalks herself into doing another run. "Cmon, girl. Give me a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! 15 miles is nothing!"

No matter how far I'm running, 5 or 18, the first mile is always the roughest. All I want to do is die. My buns are loudly barking, "NOOOO. STOP. You want McDonald's fries. You don't really want to do this. What is this whole sweating thing? It's making us uncomfortable. And sticky. STOP IT. We can't take it anymore. Did we mention fries? PAIN PAIN PAIN."

I've decided the theme song for this round of training is Wilson Phillip's "Hold On" 1) because it's awesome 2) because I resonate especially well with the lyrics, "I know there's pain...Can you hold ON?" 3) and for some reason, it makes me think of Wilson the volleyball in Cast Away when Tom Hanks loses him in the ocean, and it makes me run faster. (I know, weird.) Tom Hanks also makes me think of my favorite movie, Forrest Gump, and the infamous line, "Run Forrest run!" So obviously, I gotta do what dear ol' Jenny says.
It's not really that I like running. I don't get runner's high. Sweat in my eyewinkers and bloody socks (my toes like to rub up on each other, get a room guys) doesn't exactly do it for me. It's more of the challenge, pushing myself. I love doing something that most people would never want to do (probably smart) or have the stamina/discipline to do

Running will always be like the unruly calluck above my ear; I love how I'll never master it. It'll always be ridiculously challenging. I'll always want to improve on my slower-than-your-granny pace. It's not always fun, but I enjoy it. Especially the finish.

The marathon is in four weeks, people.


Magdalena said...

I love the photos on your sidebar!

Samantha said...

OW! Your poor toes. But get it Jenna!

Nagehan said...

J runs all the time. Long, awful marathons. I have to admit, I wish I could run. I'm like an old folk; I've varicose veins on my legs. They're painful and I refuse to put any unnecessary pressure on them.

stephanie said...

Raising Cane's indeed! I'm waiting for clearance from my DR and then I start training for a half that is this April. I am SO excited! I've never done more than a 10k and I am pumped. and did I just say pumped? yep, I went there :)

Chelsea said...

OUCH! That looks painful! I'm really slow too haha!

Rachel said...

Dude...I'm so proud of you. That's freaking awesome. Can't wait to hear how big you rock that marathon!!!

Jenna said...

Awesome! I like running but haven't seemed to find my stride lately. Try a wide shoe to help with your toes. It did wonders for me. I have to additionally wrap my little toes to keep them from rubbing. It helps quite a bit.

Tara said...

You can do it gal!!! I say that as if I'm a runner and I am by no means that :/. I wish and I'm going to keep trying but I haven't developed that obsession and addiction that everyone says you'll develop, yet. Maybe one day but until then I'll just cheer you on! Good Luck :)

Jenna said...

Good luck with the training! I've also always been a runner, but also never enjoyed the actual running part... so weird! I do love the feeling of being fit though and I also love the feeling of getting a PR in a race.

Good luck with the training - 4 week count down is on!


Katie said...

Go girl! So soon! And I could get behind a run for some fried chicken. Or donuts.

I just picked up running again yesterday after being off for cougheightplusmonthscough and I did love it. I don't like it necessarily while my lungs are burning, but I love how I feel when it's over! haha

Amy said...

Try to put Vaseline on your toes. That is what our trainers told us to do when ours rub together, give it a go!
GOOD LUCK! I've got my half-marathon in 4 weeks...oh.m.g.

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Sheesh! That bloody foot looks painful! I ran a half marathon (about four years ago) and vowed never to run again. And so far, I'm sticking to my vow! :)
You are a brave and determined girl! Good luck and keep us updated!
Oh...and I don't believe in the so called "runner's high". It's got to be a myth! :)

Mindy said...

"When I run to Raising Canes and eat the delicious fried chicken, I feel God's pleasure."

Girl, I am right there with you (except minus the marathon running - props to you)! I run because I know I need to so I can eat the way I want to. And ok, yes, it might be a stress reliever but I never ever have this feeling of "hey, you know what would make this moment better? Going on a run".

Good luck with the marathon training! And take care of those poor toes!:(

Have a great weekend!

Gina said...

Good luck! You'll do great, I'm sure! Just the fact that you're running/training for a marathon is an accomplishment!! OUCH, that's one bloody sock :(

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Emily said...

I'm just now getting around to visitng from Friday's link up...but I just blog stalked you...and you're awesome! I can't wait to read more!

I'm so proud of you for sticking to running. I'm a HORRIBLE runner--like, I give in to my mind screaming for Raising Cane's (man, do I miss that place!)

Have a great day!

Ashley said...

I could never run...never!!! So a 3rd marathon?? I'm super impressed.

Lauren said...

Oh my goodness! That looks like it would hurt! :( I've thought about running a half marathon...or maybe something a little smaller starting out. Every time I try running, though, I cramp up.


L-Kat said...

Good luck to you! I'm doing half marathons #3 and 4 this weekend and next weekend.....thinking about bumping it up and training for my first full marathon! Eeeeeeee! I agree: the first mile is always the worst. I also blog over at :)

Ekaterina Loshkareva said...

Hi, I also like to run !!! I was thinking about running a marathon this winter, but the longest i have ever ran wasa like 7 miles. I was wondering what is your best mile time and 5k time?