On June 16, 2012 I ran Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN. The 26.2 miles were obviously a big deal, but the training was the real challenge. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I knew I wanted to do it again. I also knew I needed to wait a bit. Training is a HUGE time commitment. The affects it had on my family, social & work life were not what I expected.
I've put a lot of thought and effort into planning the next. I've finished my race schedule for this season and finally have all training mapped out. Such a cute little coincidence: I begin training for Twin Cities Marathon on June 16, 2013. exactly one year, awwww...
What I'm excited for:
The challenge, working towards a goal.
The schedule, I love checking off training runs.
Speedwork. Last time I focused on the miles. This time I'm adding in some track workouts. Hurts so good!
Two 20 milers! One of them is a race.
The unknown. Marathon training is such a journey and I am eager to see where this one takes me mentally.
The running community. I know some people that will also be training. It'll be fun to get to know them better like runners do while putting in the miles.
The actual race. I live in this neighborhood. I have run most miles of the course. I was a cow bell ringing, screaming girl at this race many a times. To actually RUN it, well, that's too much for words. My family, friends, co-workers and neighbors will be at this one. That's a lot different than traveling for a race.
What makes me nervous:
training in the summer. I am not a hot weather runner. I may have to get up at 4 to get in some long runs in July & August.
Time expectations. The first time you run a new distance: automatic PR! The next time, you generally want to beat that. I don't want to cross the finish line and have any feelings of disappointment. Sub 4 is the goal.
Twin Cities course is tougher than Grandma's.
the time training takes, the complete exhaustion after long runs
Clearly the good outweigh the bad. When I finished my little training chart I was giddy. I want to start NOW! Luckily I have some other fun stuff to keep me busy.
May 5 is a Half Marathon.
Being the seasonal triathlete that I am, I've just started swimming again regularly. And I love love love it.
Tomorrow I'm going on a group ride. I haven't been on a bike since December. Time to go find those flattering padded butt shorts!