I'm doing it again. I signed up to run the Omaha Full Marathon this September. I more or less started training for it right after running the Lincoln Marathon. There are many differences this time.
First of all, I went to see a dietitian. I believe I became hypoglycemic due to not having glycogen stores from being on the Paleo diet. I really put myself at risk the first time by not paying attention to what I was putting into my body as fuel. It was all healthy, but it contained too few carbs to fuel my long runs. I would recommend this dietitian to anyone (her website says she is not accepting new patients but maybe she would by referral...?). Let's just say, I would not be running if I had not gone to see her. When I started back to running, I was nauseated at 9 miles, nearly vomiting. It was not fun. I would be so sick I could barely complete my run. Now, I am running. I take food with me, but I am running. So worth it! My diet is all crazy because of all my in tolerances (intolerant to gluten, IBS, etc). She told me what I can eat and still feel good. So far, so good!
Second of all, the weather is so much better to train now than in the winter. The winter training was brutal! I get up now 4:40 am and go and run. I get my training done early and check it off my list. I get back home, eat my eggs and fruit, and I am ready for the rest of the day.
Lastly, Chris introduced me to a running mate. She kicks my arse, but we have quickly become friends on our hours of running. She has run her share of half and full marathons (including Boston I believe twice), finishing the Omaha Marathon in 3h 15min! See, I told you she kicks my arse! With that said, it is nice to get up at predawn and run on the dirt road with someone. There are too many weird sounds to creep you out at that hour. She even ran half of my longest run with me, helping to kill the time. The 22 miles just flew by. Okay, maybe they didn't, but she did help. She is signed up to do the Omaha half where I am sure she will nail it.
Counting the days until the marathon. I already have plans for next year. We will see what I say after I finish the Omaha! Wish me luck!