3rd Marathon, 2nd State

For those of you that know me personally, you may have heard me talk about my personal goal: I want to run 50 marathons, one in every state, by the time I turn 40. In these 50 races, New York City and Boston need to be two of them. 

This past weekend I traveled down to Miami for my third marathon and it was awesome. Despite my lack of training, I still managed a 4:32:54 and was in very little pain for running 26.2 miles. I felt really great physically but mentally, I was struggling. 

Through the miles I needed to find a pick-me-up, some motivation, and I felt that just talking myself through the race was my only option. However, it worked. I also had my support system at mile 25 with a bottle of Gatorade and then they ran the last mile with me! That is friendship right there! 

My next race is Nashville on April 28th. Anyone going to that one? I am so excited and love country so it should be a good time. Hopefully by April I don’t have to worry about black toenails anymore! Oh well, as many signs on the course said… Toenails are for Sissies. 

 

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The Runner’s Bond

As I have been training for the Cincinnati marathon, I have come to realize something I have always known and felt: The indescribable bond of runners. I can always tell who the real runners are on the street because no matter what, no matter how hard or fast or slow they are training, no matter if its two miles or twelve, we always recognize one another and ALWAYS give encouragement on the streets with just a simple motion: The Head Nod. Call it what you will but when I am struggling on the roads, one nod from a passing runner is all I need. It tells you to “keep going” or “don’t stop” or even “stay strong, you’re doing great!”

Another fascinating point from training is The Look. The Look is what I like to call the glances, the laughter, the hoots and hollers from non-runners. People who don’t understand running. It’s empowering to be running in negative degree weather and see people staring at me like I am crazy. It gives me a little push to keep going, knowing I have a gift that keeps me running and that I can do what so many wish they could or would never dream of doing.

Running has so many strong points to it that no one outside of the sport ever understands. From an outsiders view, we’re all crazy. I think my boyfriend said it best at my latest half-marathon, “Everyone here is in dry-fit gear… why? What is wrong with just shorts?” Nothing, but to some people, they’ll just never understand.

What things about running make you laugh and appreciate the sport for what it is?

 

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Marathon #2…

Well, I hit “submit” and I am running the Cincinnati marathon this May! Woo-hoo! I guess it is time to start training :) I will now officially be using this blog as a resource to post about my training and running in general. Stay tuned…

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I moved!

Last night I logged onto my blog only to realize I haven’t written very much about anything in the past few months. I feel like it is time for an update.

First and foremost, I am not going to be running the Vegas Marathon this year. I’m pretty bummed about it, but life takes control and I simply have not had the time to get those long training runs in.

Why?

I have moved to Columbus to pursue my career in Public Relations, and I am still looking for that first full-time job. I am working three different jobs right now (hence why I have not had the time to train for a race) as an Intern at a small PR agency called GREENCREST, a hostess at Ted’s Montana Grill and doing liquor promotions with a company based out of Florida for Jameson on the weekends. Needless to say, I am a busy girl!

When I moved here, I was unsure of what was going to happen- or if I was going to stay, (as we all should know, my heart is in New York City and I cannot wait to end up there someday). Anyways, I moved here at the beginning of September and lived on my friend’s couch for a month and a half. Thank you for that Jessica. After deciding I may be able to start a career here after all, I signed a lease with a friend from school and we have been living at our new place for about three weeks. I love it.

With a few interviews and a million job applications out there, something has to turn soon and I can finally start running and enjoying this city the way it is meant to be enjoyed. Columbus has a lot to discover and I keep reading about the fun activities there are to do at night and on the weekends. I want to go try all of these things: the neat local restaurants, unique movie theaters, cafes, traveling shows and exhibits, etc. If you have any recommendations for me, please send them my way at courtneywalker27@gmail.com! I would love to hear from you and to find out new ways to explore the city that I can now call home…

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“Vegas 2010… Vegas 2010″

I just keep repeating that as I try to go on these runs… I have not started my training for the race yet, however, I have started training for training. (Yes, that happens.) I joined a local gym for a month in hopes that in a month I will be heading elsewhere soon and can join a gym in a new city. However, for now… I am going to daily aerobic classes such as yoga and Zumba (which I HIGHLY recommend) and lifting along with building up milage again on my feet.

As I set out for my run today I was determined to not walk. However, this heat is unbearable! I guess in order for me to really see what my fitness level is at I should start getting up earlier and running or going out later. This mid-day heat probably isn’t doing much for me…

Well, at lease today’s workout is done with and tomorrow its back to the gym for some Zumba and another run!

And in the mean time… “Vegas 2010 Vegas 2010 Vegas 2010″

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Does space camp lead to it?

Random thought of the day: How does one become an astronaut?

Sure, I know there are classes and certain majors to start in to get you there… but the process… how does it actually take place?

Enlighten me, please.

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Las Vegas Marathon in 2010??

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