We (Kristi G and Christy P) met each other on a sunny, late summer morning at the Pioneer High School field hockey field in 1983. That means we’ve known each other for almost 30 years. And yet, we’ve learned more about each other in the last four months then we have in the previous 29 years. And that’s because on October 25, 2011, we started running together. And that is when the real friendship began.
During our three years at Pioneer, we had some of the same classes and we played field hockey and softball together. But, like a lot of high school relationships, ours faded after graduation. We didn’t see each other during college and we reunited briefly in 1996 while planning our 10-year high school reunion. But when the reunion was over, we parted ways once again. Ten years later, we had our 20-year high school reunion, but neither of us saw each other or sought the other one out.
Flash forward to early 2011 when we were reacquainted like millions of people around the world, 21st century style, via Facebook. After the initial “Friending,” Kristi G started to follow Christy P’s running prowess via her Daily Mile postings and although Kristi G was a “veteran” runner with 20-years experience under her belt, she knew she could learn a thing or two from Christy P.
So here we are now! After running over 400 miles together in the past four months, we are training to run the Ann Arbor Marathon on June 17, 2012. We have completed about two-months of pre-training and we start our official 16-week training schedule on Monday, February 27, 2012.
Kristi G has run four marathons and this will be Christy P’s first, but we are great matches for each other. While Kristi G can share her experience of training for and running a marathon, Christy P actually found the training schedule we’re going to use (which Kristi G hopes will snag her a PR). Based on the book Run Less, Run Faster (whose philosophy is basically-run less, run faster, and you’ll run better!), we are running three days a week (speed workouts, tempo runs, and long runs), swimming one day a week, and spinning another day. We’ve gone from barely seeing each other over the years, to seeing each other at least five days a week!
Through this blog, we hope to share our marathon training experiences with runners and non-runners alike. Training for a marathon can be emotionally and physically grueling, and we hope our experiences will be able to help anyone who is training for any kind of race, or considering running a race, or thinking about starting to run, or people who just like to read blogs written by two, pretty cool, middle-aged women runners who have become two really-great, middle-aged running friends!