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Friday, November 22, 2013

The 2013 running season is winding down. I have one more race that I'm committed to, a 5 mile turkey trot Thanksgiving morning. I'm thinking about next year and I have a bunch of stuff lined up. A couple weeks ago I read about one of the "Mainly Marathons" 5 States Series and thought that since it's almost a year away, it's doable. Here are the particulars:

Oct 11: Bluefield, West Virginia
Oct 12: Bluefield, Virginia
Oct 13: Morganton, North Carolina
Oct 14: Seneca, South Carolina
Oct 15: Unicoi State Park, Georgia

Time limit: None, no runner left behind.
Walkers are welcome.
Participants need not do all five days.
Awards to those who come in last and to those doing their first marathon or half-marathon.

Start Times: 7:30am
Average Temperatures: Low: 45 High: 73
This will be at first light and, as a result, there will be no early starts.

Each runner will receive a separate medal for each day, one t-shirt and other good stuff.
Special medals to those who run all five.

I'm already registered for the Empire State Marathon on October 19th and I would like to finish that one in four and a half hours, but this series seems so low key, I'm considering it. All I'm really concerned about is the budget because in addition to about $500 in entry fees, there are the associated travel expenses. Before I even started thinking about financing this, I experimented a bit. I wanted to see if overdoing it would hurt me too much. So last week, my training runs consisted of five 10Ks and a half marathon at paces between 11 and 12 minutes. I felt fine afterward so I ran six very hilly half marathons this week at the same pace. I don't feel sore or tired and I did it on less than 2000 calories a day. During December, I'm going to concentrate on getting stronger and faster instead of on distance. Then there will be four 10 K races in January, so I'll see if any of that work pays off. The deadline for discount registration in the Appalachian Marathon Series is May 31st. So if I can run five twenty milers on five consecutive days during February or March without beating myself up too much, I'm going to try and budget the trip and aim for 5 to 6 hour finishing times.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BOILHAM 1/5/2014 12:10PM

    Vinny, I just found this blog. Wow! That is going to be tough. You have the right strategy, going slowly on each run, but still that is a massive undertaking. Good luck to you, and keep up the good work.

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DDOORN 11/26/2013 1:35PM

    WOW! Talk about pushing the envelope! Hat's off to your awesome efforts!


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WATERMELLEN 11/24/2013 6:52PM

    You. Are. Amazing.

That was quite an experiment you set for yourself. Better to find out before investing in all those entrance fees . . . and you found out!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/24/2013 5:44PM

    Like Pastafarian I've seen people walk slowly at the end of "predict your time" races which defeats the spirit of the event.
That said, I was marveling at doing 5 marathons in a row and then realized that they are on consecutive days. Now I'm speechless!

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PASTAFARIAN 11/23/2013 8:06AM

    Given there's no time limit, how do they stop people from competing for the DFL award and taking longer than the RD wants to hang around and wait? I know people who would go as slow as possible to win. (I see a lot of this in ultras but they all have time limits.)

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