It’s been several years since I’ve done a full marathon. Due to Daddy being sick, Bob’s knee surgeries, crazy things happening at our business, etc., etc……it’s been hard to get the miles in for a marathon. I’ve done a couple of half marathons – but it’s time to step it up again. I’ve registered for the Outer Banks Marathon in November – and I’m super excited!
Call me crazy – but I love everything that goes into planning a marathon. From sitting down and putting a running schedule together to planning the trip – I love it! I read in a book somewhere that there are some runners that are so crazy about their goal planning and their running schedule that they are like a general planning for a major battle. Yep, that’s me! I’m a planner.
I have my schedule done from now until the end of January – Key West Half Marathon. (I’ve got to get in my Florida race during the winter! :-)) It’s all planned out for each day – how many miles, what type of runs, etc. I love marathon running! Just call me General Patton!
Having a marathon on your schedule is also a great motivator to get out the door for your runs. You know that you have to run 26.2 miles at a certain date so you need to get that training in. And, the key is to set up your training schedule the smart way. You don’t want to add too much too soon to what you’ve been doing – but you need to push yourself some, also.
So, my next marathon is on! Can you tell that I’m just a little excited? Since I had my bout with Plantar Fasciitis earlier this year – I’m even taking it a little easier. My longest run right now is 9 miles that I did on Friday. That was the longest that I’ve run since my heel started bothering me – and it felt great! I’m planning on 10 this week – and then keep at 10 for a couple of weeks for my long run before I start adding more.
What’s on your plan for this year? Are you doing any racing? 5K’s, 10K’s – whatever you decide to run – go for it! You’ll be so glad that you did!
P.S. If you are thinking about a marathon or a half-marathon in your future – this is the book for you! Runner’s World Big Book Of Marathon and Half Marathon Training has tips and schedules for all levels of runners! It rocks!