Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Journey to the Columbus Marathon


Sometimes all you can say is, wow. And sometimes music and pictures can correctly help you describe your journey.

I started this journey to the Columbus Marathon 16 weeks ago. Even though this is my third marathon, I knew this training would be different. I was using a new training plan and trying to discover who I was as a marathon runner.

I will finish the 16 weeks of training, not including the race, with 483.5 miles. My 162.5 miles in August is my highest mileage month ever. During the marathon, I will also reach 1,000 miles for 2014. 

This 16 week journey has taught me a few things. The biggest thing I learned is how to go with the flow. I am incredibly hard on myself sometimes, and it took so much out of me to admit that. My 16 miler in week seven made me incredibly humble, and since that day, I have felt like a completely different person. I released all expectations I had for myself. I thrived in the last half of this training.

I also have learned that it is alright to race during marathon training! In fact, I did it five times this training and I did well each time. I surprised myself in my test half marathon with a sub-2 finish. I ran two races in two states in two days, and on the second day I was a mere 30 seconds off my goal 10K time. Let’s also add a four minute PR in a four mile race! I have no idea why I was ever afraid to race during training, but I am so happy I am over it!

Five glorious races!

The final thing I learned in my journey is the true meaning of run friends. I knew I had them, but when your friends come out in the pouring rain to finish the last eight miles of your 20 miler, you know how they truly feel about you! 

Thank you Jeff and Chelsea!!

I couldn't believe when a bunch of them asked me if runner tracking was posted yet so they could track me! Last week, Oiselle hosted a bunch of twitter contests and one was wishing a fall marathoner good luck by tweeting “Run Fast @_____”. The amount of tweets I received that say almost brought me to tears. You guys are all amazing and I honestly feel like this training would not have gone this well without you all!

I hope I got everyone! I love you guys!

Even though my goals are very different for this race compared to others I have done, I will still share them with you all.

Finish – That is the main goal. I just want to finish. Anything can happen in 26.2 miles, just being able to cross that finish line is enough for me!

One of my favorite pictures from my first marathon!

Finish before my watch dies – My Forerunner 10 has a five hour battery life. When I ran Disney earlier this year, my watch said low battery in the final mile. Scariest thing ever thinking my marathon would not register on my watch.

Sub 4:29 – My PR is 4:29. Every ounce of me wants to break that PR. I feel like that number does not reflect me. The only thing is, I do not want to have this goal wearing on me the entire race. I want to run my race and what happens, happens. I have been training to be at a 9:30 per mile pace, and that would be a sub 4:10 marathon. I am not expecting anything, like I said; anything can happen in 26.2 miles.

You know, because the Columbus Marathon called me out...

Have fun – Not just for the race, but for the entire weekend. I have been looking forward to this race for months, and it is my final race of 2014. I want it to be the culmination of my year. I have had such an amazing year and I really want this weekend to reflect that!

That’s it. It is very simple.

If you follow me on twitter, I have my account sent up to tweet out my splits. I hope to start recapping the entire weekend early next week. If you are running Columbus, LOOK FOR ME! I love meeting my blog readers!

Thank you all for going on this crazy journey with me! It is so awesome to hear from all of you and I hope to make you all proud!


  1. Good Luck!!
    I've only recently starting following your blog, but am rooting for you and can't wait to hear how it goes!!

  2. Have a great race! Columbus is a wonderful course with great fan support. It was my 2nd BQ so I'll always be fond of it. Enjoy!

  3. Steff! Talk about tears! I love this post and all of your songs - I am so excited for you; I wish I could be there. Maybe one of these days! Until then, I will keep working toward my first marathon and thank you so much for all of your encouragement! You are going to do so well in this race; so delighted that I will be able to follow you via Twitter. GAH! I can't wait...

  4. you're going to be amazing. head up, wings out!

  5. Steffany Smith RubelOctober 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Thank you sister friend!

  6. Steffany Smith RubelOctober 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Thank you Tara! You have been an online cheerleader for me this entire time and I'm so greatful to have you in my corner!

  7. Steffany Smith RubelOctober 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Thank you!!! Victory lap time!

  8. Steffany Smith RubelOctober 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    I have heard amazing things! Thank you so much!

  9. Steffany Smith RubelOctober 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Thank you so much!!