Wanted: Running Companion

Thursday workout:
Run – 5 miles (treadmill)
Blond, 27-year-old runner seeks training companion to share long runs and Gu’s with.  Enjoys long runs on the trails, talking about bad reality TV, movies, and food.  Runs long runs somewhere between 8:00 and 9:00 minute mile pace and likes a good track workout from time to time.  Must be willing to put up with talk about bodily functions, blisters, and chafing.  Please email at untilyoutri@gmail.com if you are ready to find your soulrunningmate.

So, I’m scared to write this in the blog, because until today this thought has only been in my own little brain.

I am thinking about running another marathon (gasp).

When I finished my first (and only) marathon in 2008 I knew I wanted to do another one…eventually.

And here it is 2011 and I have yet to do another one.  Or maybe it took that long for the horrible painful memories to fade?  Haha;).

But, there is a problem.  For the last marathon I was spoiled.  VERY, VERY spoiled.  That is because I trained for it with my best friend of all time and super track star, Karen!  Karen and I have known each other since high school!:)

Where we ran track and cross country together:)

And lucky for me, Karen moved less than 5 miles away from me after college!  Karen was not just a training partner, she was the BEST training partner a person could ask for!!

We ran all but ONE long run in the entire marathon training schedule together (and I think the one we ran separately was only an 8 miler), as well as most of our medium-length runs.

We talked the entire length of every single run.  It got to the point where we would call each other to schedule a run and have to tell the other person to “stop talking!” if we started chit chatting–we had to save all of our talk for the runs!

We pushed each other when one of us was tired and we made each other actually DO each run when sometimes we weren’t feeling so hot and probably wouldn’t have gotten out of bed if we didn’t have our best friend waiting for us.

We ate cake straight out of the pan using just our hands together.  (You had to be there.  You can’t judge if you’ve never done a 20-mile run!  And if you have run a 20-mile run then I know that you understand and are not judging us;).

We stressed about every little detail relating to the marathon together–like how many gels we could fit in our shorts.

(Karen testing the gels question the night before the marathon)

And we celebrated our finish together!

As you can tell, I had it VERY good.  So, when I consider possibly running another marathon, my biggest concern is having to do all of the crazy long training runs BY MYSELF!!!!!  (Is it weird that I’m more scared of running 20 miles by myself than I am of running 20 miles?)

How do all of you guys who train for big races by yourselves do it??  Seriously, I’m asking!:)  If I do decide to do this I am going to have to seriously improve my iPod play-list skills, at the very least:/.  We’ll see, I am still on the fence!:)

Actually, Karen is so sweet she has offered (IF I decide to do a marathon…and it’s still a big ‘IF’) to do some of the shorter long runs with me and also suggested maybe trying to join a running club in the area–which is actually a really good idea and something I am definitely going to look into!:)

Today was a random food day.  Breakfast was banana and cocoa oatmeal, and lunch was some egg sandwiches with turkey and avocado, with a side of roasted broccoli (PS this was my first time having roasted broccoli, it was awesome!  Is it normal to eat a whole head of broccoli by yourself?)

Eric had to work late, so I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to cook a real dinner.  Plus I was craving something sweet (I think I OD’d on my veggies with the whole head of broccoli for lunch).  So I cooked up another batch of English muffin french toast with strawberries and syrup-yogurt mixture!  (With a side of cottage cheese and MORE strawberries.)

I think I am officially obsessed with strawberries.  Can you blame me?

Dessert was a homemade pumpkin and chocolate granola bar and a Lindt truffle, MMM!

What’s the longest run/training session you did by yourself?  Did you listen to music/digital books/etc?
-Hmm, this is a really hard one but I think the longest I’ve run by myself has probably been 10 miles (and I definitely had the iPod going).  I am a very social workout person–I love getting together with friend for long runs/bike rides!

What foods are you obsessed with?
-Strawberries, chocolate, peanut butter, any kind of yogurt…I could probably list like 50 more but I’ll stop there:).

Do you belong or have you belonged in the past to any running clubs?
-I’ve always had such great and active friends that I haven’t really needed a running club.  I did do Team in Training for my first triathlon (but still with a friend) and it was really great, but I am not sure I’m up for all the work involved with fund-raising again.



About Erin @ untilyoutri

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4 Responses to Wanted: Running Companion

  1. Trisha says:

    Pretty sure I could down a head of broccoli by myself in two minutes! Haha. I have never joined a running club, but it sounds like something that would be fun and motivating!

  2. Karen says:

    I love this entry, you are so sweet and the photos bring back awesome memories!!! And I will happily be there with gels and funny stories for long runs in the early stages and for part of long runs in the later stages if you decide to do another marathon now. ❤ I hope the running club works out and I'll come to some of them with you too, it will be fun. Or you can take a 2-3 year rain check and I'll do another marathon with you 🙂

  3. Stacy says:

    Aw, I need a running partner too! Right now I am contemplating a ten mile run–my last real chance to do anything substantial before my half next weekend….but I need a running buddy! So instead I am sitting on the couch and messing around on the internet. And I haven’t even done a marathon because I can’t fathom training for it without a buddy.

    • Aww! I wish you weren’t so far away and we could be running buddies!!! I am definitely going to look into some of the local running store group runs and running clubs. Have you looked for any near you?

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