I did it, signed up for marathon. Even crazier, I have plans to sign up for another one. If all goes well, I’ll be a marathon runner by the end of the year. How absolutely crazy is that?
Starting line of the 2013 Disney World Marathon
I’ve been going back and forth for a few weeks, trying to decide between the Disney World Marathon in January 2014 or the Space Coast Marathon in December of this year. I looked over our schedule for the rest of the year, checked out the courses, read a lot of race reviews, and I still wasn’t any closer to making a decision. I really wanted to run both races and couldn’t find a tie breaker. So, being the logical person that I am, I decided to sign up for both.
Thanks to a wonderful social media community, I found out that a perk to being an annual passholder at Disney World is early registration to the runDisney events. As soon as registration opened, I logged in and registered before I had a chance to change my mind and before the race sold out. Disney races have become increasingly popular, so there is a significant chance the race will sell out next week shortly after registration opens. I didn’t wan to risk it and have a sell out make the decision for me.
I haven’t registered for Space Coast yet, it’s currently only 25% full so I’m going to let my bank account recover from this race (Adam also registered to run the half marathon the day before!) and then sign up for Space Coast. Look at these gorgeous medals, plus extra bling if you run 3 or 5 of their races over the next 5 years? Sign me up, for sure! I’m not even going to mention that the official snack of the race is a Moon Pie. Oh, wait..
Anyway, now to decide how to train for these races. In case you’re not aware, a marathon is 26.2 miles and that is a darn long way to run. I used Hal Higdon’s training plan for my first half marathon, so that was the first place I looked. A few of my friends have had luck with the Marathon Rookie plans as well, so I checked those out too. One thing that both plans have in common that I am not a big fan of is that they simply prescribe a set number of miles to run each day. While that will absolutely work, it worked really well for my first big race, I also get bored with it.
You probably already know that I’m a big fan of the ladies over at Another Mother Runner. I’m currently using the “5K Own It” from their latest book, Train Like a Mother, and I’m loving it. Instead of telling me how many miles to run each week and calling it a day, they incorporate speed work and tempo runs into the mix, along with fun workouts, and of course long runs. I was intimidated by the speed work and tempo runs when I first started them, but now that I’ve figured out how to program my Garmin to do them and I’ve run a few, I’ve found that I actually really enjoy them. It’s fun to do something a bit different and I really enjoy pushing myself and seeing what my body can do. It’s definitely helped my pace too – I went from running a 2:20 half to a 2:08 half in a month!
So I think I’m going to start with the “Marathon Finish It” plan and see how it goes. I went ahead and plugged all of the training runs into my google training calendar (which I love by the way, works so much better for me than the printout I used previously!) and it’s only a little bit intimidating. I have a few kinks to work out in it – I have an 8K the day I’m scheduled for a 15-mile training run, I’ll be at Disney World cheering on my husband and friends the same weekend I’m supposed to run 18-miles, there’s a 10-mile race I really want to run the same weekend as the big-20 mile training run, and the Wine & Dine half marathon falls on the same weekend that I’m scheduled to do 16 miles. I’m sure I’ll figure it out, but I’d love any suggestions on incorporating races into your training calendar!
I officially start training on July 15th, right in the middle of the hot Florida summer! I cannot help but wonder, have I totally lost my mind this time?!