So I ran a marathon back in March of this year and immediately upon finishing had the urge to search for another one to do.
Physically, the marathon put me on the sidelines for a few weeks but mentally, I was a giddy, excited little child. This feeling, that still hasn’t subsided by the way, led me to search for another marathon to do this year to actually achieve my goal time (4:30). I didn’t come nearly close to that (4:50) and I blame the ridiculous rolling hills course with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. Thanks, but no thanks.
Though I’ve lived in Georgia since 2001, I am originally from Washington and I never let my friends forget it! 🙂 So, naturally, I chose to sign up for the Seattle Marathon on December 1. There are, of course, many reasons to my madness in picking this race but I shan’t bore you with those reasons. Instead, here’s the plan I’m LOOSELY following:
I’ve already made some changes to that – and also, I am already confident that I can finish successfully, it’s just a matter of timing at this point. I don’t really care to run every single day like most plans suggest so I’ll be switching up some days for swimming or biking which is not reflected in the plan above. My first two runs have been a success this week – that’s a great way to start, right?
That was Monday night… And last night my four miles average pace was 9:13. Taking last week off from running from my half was much needed and has rejuvenated my legs – I am not typically that quick so I think I’ve missed running! 🙂
I’d say someone else is enjoying these runs…
He’s happy to be back at it with me, I think!
So folks, there you have it. I’m planning on doing my second full marathon with as laid back of an attitude as possible. Seattle is a beautiful place and I cannot wait to enjoy a 5 hour race throughout the naturally gorgeous city (and I’m staying there for vacation a few days following the race!!). I’m quite the happy runner girl! Do you blame me?
Have you traveled for a race yet?
Do you like to follow training plans? I like to use the long runs on the weekends that plans provide but during the week, ehhhh……
Have you ever been to Seattle?