Saturday, May 19, 2007

Training Starts - Zero Week - I don't want to

I should say that all running/training programs must have a zero week dedicated to psychological work, and "I don't want to" sort of comments. This week was supposed to be the first, but I sent it back to Zero. Of course, I did not follow my plan as I should. The consequence of running faster than planned (the only day I ran), was shin splints: too much, too soon.

Meanwhile Alejandra found power on her pink ceiling (weird for having a pink blog), I did not find power at all. I traveled to California and got lost with Randy visiting nice places, enjoying the beach, eating in nice restaurants, and drinking the best lemon (lime) drop martinis prepared by my adorable husband.

This is how the Zero week went:

We registered in our respective marathons. Ale through and myself through

Training started, alone, but also together. As we are first-time marathon participants, our goal is not a time goal, but to finish the marathon. We have 26 weeks. We have checked many plans, and the one I particularly like the best is Jeff Galloway's plan (

I promised to myself to take it easy. I cannot stress myself. I want to enjoy this path.

Saturday May 19, 2007

Our home in Washington State is located in front of a nice small lake of 42 acres. There is an asphalt trail that surrounds the lake of 1.6 miles (2.56 km). I walked the trail today in 26 minutes. Now I know that if I'd have to walk the marathon, I could finish it in about 7 hours. The Seattle Marathon starts at 8:15 am and has a top time of 6 hours as it is necessary to officially re-open all event routes to regular vehicular traffic at 2:15 p.m.

I can finish. I will finish.

Sunday May 20, 2007

My body was destroyed today because the gardening work I did during the weekend. I woke up at 8:30 am after sleeping 12 hours. At 1 pm I needed to take a nap. At 3:30 the day was grey and rainy. What a strange thing in the Seattle area. It was an Agatha Christie type of day.

The smell of rain and feeling it on my face encouraged me to walk the trail around the lake. I put on my rain boots, my rain jacket and enjoy the pleasure of walking in the rain. The joy made me to walk slower. 29 minutes.

Monday 21st: I don't want to
Tuesday 22nd: Went to the gym after work. Ran like a schizophrenic.
Wednesday 23rd:
I don't want to

Thursday May 24, 2007
Went to the gym at 4:30 am (INSANE). Did my thing. Proud of me.

Friday 25th: I don't want to

Zero Week - Over.

Lessons Learned
To run a marathon requires more that "I want to do it". Requires a plan and discipline.