Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve done a lot of thinking, and a lot of self-reflection. This is not a decision I came to lightly, I can assure you of that.
After careful consideration, I finally came to the decision that I’m no longer going to run the 1/2 Marathon in Las Vegas.
Why, you ask?
Because…I’m going to run the full marathon.
My initial gut reaction was to just laugh off the comment, thinking that the idea was absolutely crazy! But over the next couple of days, I really started to think more about it and seriously consider it. I even emailed Mac directly and talked to him more about it, to see if he seriously thought I could be ready for a full marathon by December. We both agreed that with the number of miles I’m currently running per week, and the amount of time between now and the marathon, it’s definitely doable.
So last week, I emailed the Rock n’ Roll Marathon folks and asked about upgrading to the full marathon. They finally just replied to me today and said that my registration has officially been updated – GULP!
I sat down last week and mapped out my training schedule, specifically my long runs. The marathon training plans I’ve seen typically have the longest run for marathon training at 20 miles. I figure if I can get 2 or 3 runs of that length in, I should be doing pretty well. Here’s what I’ve got planned as far as my long runs go – I’ll also be doing 3-4 shorter, 4-ish mile runs during the week:
|10/23||13.1 miles (Zombie 1/2 Marathon)|
|12/5||26.2 miles (Las Vegas Marathon!)|
My biggest concern for training is the weather around here. Luckily, it doesn’t usually start to get really cold until January or February, and we don’t usually get a bunch of snow until November or December. So hopefully that will leave me with plenty of good training runs that are at least relatively warm and snow-free. Worst-case scenario: I have a treadmill at home, and there are a couple of different indoor tracks around town that I can pay to run at if absolutely necessary.
I know that this will definitely be a big challenge – but I’m all about challenging myself. I finished my last 16 mile run in 2 1/2 hours. The marathon time limit is 5 1/2 hours, so I figure if absolutely nothing else, that gives me 3 hours to walk the last 10 miles 🙂
I’m not going to put a ton of pressure on myself to finish within any specific amount of time (other than the 5 1/2 hour course limit). Being my first marathon, my only goals will be to finish, and to have fun.
An agressive goal? Perhaps. Undoable? I don’t think so.
Bring it on.