So I did a thing over the weekend.
It’s been more than two years since I’ve run one and over the weekend my friend Hope convinced me to sign up for the Portland Marathon with her.
It’s on my birthday next year!
Hope is a new running friend and just getting into her groove with this whole marathon business. Having run the same marathon several times she had decided it was time to run somewhere different so we decided it was time to set up a girls racecation weekend. Like all running junkies would do when dreaming of a race we spent Saturday night combing the web for possible marathon destinations tossing around ideas such as the Kauai marathon and a marathon in Alaska finally settling on the Portland Marathon in Portland, Oregon.
This will be my 15th marathon including trail marathons.
I had all but sworn off doing another marathon as they are very hard on your body. Despite qualifying for the Boston Marathon and running it 4 times I often have a hard time at the end of the marathon for whatever reason. I have ended up in the med tent for various reasons after the marathon including dehydration (after going out too fast on a hot day) and also becoming mildy hypothermic on a windy day. I thought I was done with the marathon but I want to give it another shot.
What is the allure? Honestly, I needed another big goal and the idea of doing a race with a friend (maybe 2) sounds awesome. We will probably not run together but we will go to the race together and spend the weekend submerged in all things marathon together and hopefully get in some great training runs together along the way.
I did a thing! I signed up for my 15th marathon. The Portland Marathon. Check out what I have to say! #marathon #runchatTweet
What are my goals for this marathon? Honestly, I haven’t figured that out yet. The last time I ran the Boston Marathon I finished in the low 3:40’s qualifying for the following year but missing the cutoff to get in when it came to registration time. I am currently not in marathon shape having been solely focused on Half Marathons. Since the marathon is not until October of next year I have a lot of time to build up my mileage and to work on getting my speed back to where it was (I may throw a 50K in in May . . .). Once I get training underway I will have a better idea of where my fitness is and what type of time goal I can shoot for on race day. I plan to keep working with my coach Denise Goode. She tailors my training to me which is awesome. I am also hoping to work on my marathon fueling plan because I think I need to switch things up a bit.
I hope that you will join me as I train for marathon number 15! I am going to be sharing the highs and the lows of training with you and all the ins and outs of marathon training.