You must do the things you think you cannot do.
~
Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, June 23, 2012

To Marathon, or Not To Marathon

That is the question.

I'm not a fast runner. Never have been and probably never will be, and that's ok. Realizing that, I have made goals centered around going farther rather than faster.

This spring I ran two challenging half marathons in three weeks [ this one and this one ] and survived. So it seems logical, to me anyway, to up the ante and take the next step - run a marathon.

I did a little reading and settled on Higdon's Intermediate I Marathon plan mostly because it's pretty straight forward. I don't have to keep track of intervals, etc.

I did make a couple of minor changes though.

(1) I only run 4 days/week because historically my legs start to break down if I run more than that. So I dropped one of the lesser distance weekday runs and replaced it with cross training [swimming, yoga or pilates; I haven't dusted off the bike yet].

(2) My long runs are on Saturdays only because that's what works with our schedule.

Having a plan is a good first step. Another good thing to do is pick a race. Those who know me know that I don't like big crowds or a lot of flash and bling. I also like to help folks and support good causes. This means I tend to look for races that benefit non-profits or causes I can whole-heartedly support...in addition to fitting my tight budget and tighter schedule.

Without further ado.... Marathon #1 is Freedom's Run on October 13th in Shepherdstown, WV. This is a relatively challenging race because the first half is on the towpath which is flat and boring; the second half takes you through Antietam Battlefield which is quite hilly.

Marathon #2 scheduled for 3 months later on December 1st is the First Descents Marathon. Flat as a pancake and next to the ocean in December. This race should be easy - but - being next to the ocean could make it very windy with a good chance of rain or even snow.

This post is long enough so I'll tell you later why I chose 2 races relatively close together.

And I hate to have a post without pictures so I'll part with this little gem. We went to a Frederick Keys game last night so we could see Cowboy Monkeys herd rams into a pen. No, I'm not kidding.

I thought it was a little weird, but you can judge for yourself...
picture swiped from the Keys site

4 comments:

Jen said...

Congrats on your marathon decisions! Where does the second marathon take place - I went to the link but couldn't seem to find the state. Just curious.

Very exciting and a good plan of action to make the marathon training work for you!

*~*~* Tracy said...

The second one is in DE at Cape Henlopen State Park.
My MIL lives near Denton so it would be a relatively short drive for me from there.

abbi said...

That's exciting, Freedom's Run is a great one, I loved that one for my first (and thinking maybe doing it again this year!).

The Green Girl said...

This is so exciting! This brought a huge smile to my face.

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