Choosing a Fall Marathon
I want to run another marathon.
Am I obsessed with the distance and only want to race marathons again?
No, not really. I like all types of races but I do want to race another marathon. After my first and only marathon, I needed a lot of time to recovery. While running the NJ full marathon (April 27th) crossed my mind, I knew I was not ready to run another marathon by late April. Right now I’m not a runner that is physically ready to run more than one marathon per year. Both mentally and physically I am not ready to commit to that.
I haven’t directly said “In the fall of 2014, I plan to run another fall full marathon”.
So now I will. In October, I plan to run the Wineglass full marathon. Instead of being a big, crowded, hilly race I opted for a smaller flat and fast race. As I’ve mentioned a few times, I have social anxiety. Why I chose to do the biggest marathon in the biggest city is beyond me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of fun but I’m ready for a smaller marathon.
PRing in the marathon will be my primary goal for Fall of 2014.
I find I’ll have a higher chance to do this going from NYCM to Wineglass because I’ll know what to expect of how a marathon in general feels. I’ll know that marathons are hard, I’ll probably die around mile 20 and that I should eat more gels. I’ll know what it feels like 2 and a half hours into a hard race. I’ll know more about training.
Logistics wise, I won’t have to wake up 6-7 hours before the race. I won’t have to walk to a subway, ride a train, take a ferry and then bus and finally sitting for 2 hours before a race. It will be glorious to only be up a couple of hours before a race.
I’ll be honest that a 3:17 marathon was not exactly what I wanted last fall. I made a lofty goal of 3:10 (and after my half marathon times in the Spring that should have been reasonable) however I didn’t reach my goal. I’m not blaming multiple moves or the fact that I didn’t realize how hilly or hard (logistics wise) the race was. I’m not blaming anything. I enjoyed my first marathon and I could not be more proud to finish in 3:17. Fitness wise, I know I was in a faster place. I am proud of my marathon and marathon time. I also cannot wait to drop my time further.
I don’t know my goal yet for Wineglass. After running a couple of 1:25 half marathons and then PRing, I would like to HOPE I am capable of running under 3:05 or even 3 hours but the marathon is a different race. It’s not two half marathons. I won’t make a goal until I am much closer and shift focus to marathon training. (Sometime in later June). Plugging my recent half marathon into the McMillan calculator with proper training, it says 2:55. Right now I personally think that is a little bold and unrealistic but that’s my opinion. Going from a 3:17 to a 2:55 would be quite the drop.
I don’t really have a plan until then. I know I want to run a few more half marathons in the Spring. I want to stay injury free. (Who doesn’t?)
Then in the summer I’ll go into some higher mileage training and also do more 5ks for workouts.
I would like to get back to my 18:35 5k I did last year. (Am I needy or what, marathon PRs, getting back to my 5k time…I just need everything).
Then do a couple of fall tune up half marathons in the later summer/early fall and run at the Wineglass full.
Something along those lines anyways. I’m still in the very early stages of decided what I want to do with my training. I know it will keep on line with my normal running training. I won’t stress about it, I’ll probably race a fair amount (5ks please) and just continue to run higher mileage. I would love to be able to find a coach to help me but that is a post for itself.
As the race comes closer I’ll make a more concrete goal and plan but admitting is the first step right? Well here you go…Wineglass 2014 here I come.