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.