Todays Workout- 5 miles easy
In this time of marathons selling out in 2 hours and hotels being booked before registration is even open, planning months in advance is just a part of running life. When everyone else was choosing their Fall “A” race months ago I held off for personal reasons. As friends decided on their races I started to get antsy and doubt my decision to wait. I thought, Maybe I should just run Chicago? I know the course, have run it twice, some of my favorite runners live there (Hello Granato Racers!) Then another speedy friend decided to run Twin Cities and suggested I join her. I had an incredible experience at Twin Cities last year and even though Marci would be 8 or 10 or 20 billion minutes in front of me, racing “together” again was very tempting. (I’ve been meaning to share her blog with you all because she is one of the strongest runners I know and also because she discusses “running out of your comfort zone” which is a theme for me this Fall) I seriously thought about signing up for each race about a 100 different times.
Something in my gut told me to wait. I want a full marathon training block. I want something different than my usual big race. I want, maybe I need, to push my marathon self out of that comfort zone. So after months of wondering, waiting on a Navy detailer to tell us where we will be living for the next few years (Virginia Beach!!!!), and some planning with local friends, I was able to send Coach Hadley my Fall racing wish list. I call it a wish list because it feels a bit like Christmas when I’m writing it. The excitement is there but you don’t always get what you want. Last on that list is the Fall “A” race….a marathon. In 104 days, if I can get there healthy, I’ll be racing the Outer Banks Marathon. Once race day gets closer I promise to give you a goal time. Right now it’s a bit early to say.
I have never raced a smaller marathon before. I’ve never placed higher than 7th female in a marathon. I’m hoping to place a bit higher than that at OBX. This course is a bit different than my usual race. It’s not particularly fast or crowded on all sides with spectators. There is a trail section for a few miles, wind, and a big bridge at the end. There won’t be any drunk college boys screaming at me for half a mile like at Boston, to pull me out of a mental ditch. I am prepping myself for the hardest race mentally I’ve ever done. I want to run something different and no matter what place or time I finish in, that mental prep will leave me stronger.
What other races do I have planned? Here is a list below. They are all geared for marathon preparation and I won’t be tapering for many. I did try to get the Philly Rock & Roll Half in there but it won’t fit with some personal obligations. Sad face but life comes first.
Lastly, I wanted to say hello to all my new readers. I was blown away by how many people stopped by after one of my favorite runners Mile Posts mentioned this site. She is an inspiring runner, fantastic mother, and I’m dying to race with her. I was completely flattered that my little corner of the web-o-sphere was mentioned. So welcome everybody. I’m always excited when anyone finds my running rambles even a bit interesting. Thanks for following along and have a great week! I have a 5K tomorrow night so shoot me some speed vibes.