So I’m not sure if you’ve heard my big racing news yet. My friend Joanna somehow convinced me to sign up for a marathon this coming weekend. On sunday, October 5th (the day after my birthday) I’ll be running 26.2
hard glorious miles of scenic dirt roads in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont at the inaugural Kingdom Marathon. In no way has my training been anywhere normal for running this type of race. Sometimes I feel like I have ADHD when it comes to selecting races. There are just so many fun races to do and not enough days for racing so my race schedule usually ends up being totally crazy. Oh well, I guess its just my sense of adventure taking over.
I have actually not even been doing that much running other than at races because after all of my races I have needed to give my body time to rest, recover, refuel, and rehydrates which means taking it easy during the week. In the past 4 weeks I have raced the Lobsterman Olympic Distance Triathlon, The Reach the Beach Relay (19.9 Miles), The Lost a Lot Trail Race (7 miles) and finally an easy Scarecrow 2 mile fun run/walk with my family last weekend. So I guess that means I’m ready to run 26.2 miles right?????
I am going in to this race with no expectations other than to enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage as we run and that I will run my own race. I plan to run EVEN splits, hoping for pacing somewhere between 8:05-8:25 WITHOUT going out too fast like I did at Boston last spring. I hope to run a smart race and if I feel good at 20 miles I will reassess and work on dropping my pace for the last 10K. I have no idea how the dirt roads will affect my pace so we’ll see. It will definitely be a race to write about.
The race website entices you to sign up by saying we will run,
“Through “The Gut” of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont
Coventry, Brownington, Barton, Irasburg, Glover, VT
Dirt Roads – The Kingdom – Fall Foliage”
Who wouldn’t want to run on that course. The race director also says,
“It’s a Marathon Race You Will Talk About the Rest of Your Life
One of the most challenging and beautiful marathons in the East”
Have you ever signed up for a race on a whim? Did your race go well. Did you exceed your expectations for finish time or was it harder than you thought it would be.
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