Chicago or bust: Katie’s 1st marathon

Hello! My name is Katie Ussin and I am the evening co-anchor at WDTN.
I am running a marathon: a statement to inform you why I’m doing this blog, and to reaffirm to myself that it’s actually happening!
I run regularly (3-4 miles/3X per wk.) and have run two half marathons: the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, and the Air Force at WPAFB.
Both times when I crossed the finish line I praised the good Lord I was done, and was beyond grateful there wasn’t another 13.1 miles to go.
So, that begs the question: why am I running a marathon?
I don’t run because I’m good at it or because it’s easy for me. I run because it is difficult and challenges me every time I lace up.
My sister also inspires me to run. She is a beautiful soul, a wonderful mother, and one of my best friends. She is also an amputee. Every day, she battles through phantom and nerve pain. I know she would love to get up and run carefree like she used to. So, I run with her in my heart.
I have also met so many amazing people in the running community with inspirational stories and attitudes who have given me the confidence to tackle a marathon. So, here we go!
Join me…
I want to hear from you! Whether you’re a novice, pro, or somewhere in between, please share your running journey! I will be posting weekly updates as I train for Chicago. I need lots of encouragement and tips along the way, and I know as runners we love to “run” things by each other!
Week 1:
I am using Hal Higdon’s training app, as recommended to me by a fellow runner who knows her stuff. It’s about a four-month training program. How do you schedule and train for a big run?
One of the big things I noticed right away is that I am not used to running so much. I usually run every other day, but this is different.
Also, it’s fun to experiment on the cross-training days. What’s your favorite cross-training activity? I would love some ideas.

Happy running- KU



Week 2:

I got sole! I am on the fence about my shoes. I ran my first two half marathons in Asics. Then, I switched to Brooks. And, now I just bought a new pair of Asics, the Gel-Nimbus 18. Week two of my marathon training was my first week in my new kicks. I really like the striking comfort in the heel, and they’re light-weight, but the balls of my feet start to hurt at about mile two. I can run through it, but I haven’t pushed it beyond six miles. So, that’s concerning.

I am contemplating inserts. Anyone has a recommendation of a good brand? I thought about custom inserts, like ones fitted by a doctor, but I don’t think I want to go that route (something I may regret saying!).

As for the running, it’s going well. I am noticing at the end of week two I’ve shaved a few seconds off my pace. I know that’s not much, but I’ll take any victory, no matter how small 🙂 Physically, I am feeling good. No aches or pains to complain of. I need to consume more water… and boy did that string of hot and humid days take a toll!

Funny story: On one of my runs, I saw a woman approaching from the opposite direction who I recognized as my friend. So, I started dancing/running towards her with a big, goofy smile on my face and yelling her name. Well, turns out it wasn’t my friend, but she ended up being a very nice lady given that a stranger accosted her on the sidewalk… awkward!

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