For the last few weeks I’ve been easing into marathon training for the Outer Banks Marathon. I signed up for OBX because friends were running it, because it was a close drive, because I thought I could place high. All perfectly good reasons but there was still a little nagging feeling that maybe I wasn’t making the right choice. The desire to run a smaller marathon- to go for that win, has been pushed aside (for a little while anyway) by my desire to run fast in a city that is important to me. I can’t say enough nice things about OBX. The race details look fun and the organizers were/are very kind to me. That being said, I’ve thought several times over the last few weeks “If I run such-and-such a time at OBX, I’ll always wonder if I could have run faster at Philly.” So I’ve made a change:
I love Philadelphia. I was born and raised in the suburbs. We still have tons of family and friends there. After my grandmother passed last summer, my love for the area grew even more and became increasingly sentimental. I feel like if I can run fast anywhere, it’s where my heart is 100% in it. So if all goes well I’ll be running the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17th. That means listening to “Eye of the Tiger” and watching Rocky movies for the next 11 weeks. (Random KrisLaw fact- I used to have two tiny pet turtles named Cuff & Link after Rockys turtles)
So there we have it. I have 11 weeks to get fitter than I’ve ever been before. The thought of wearing an elite bib on my home city course has me more excited than ever to train hard. Thanks for following along my journey and feel free to leave any Philly course advice!