While I’m running a race, my thoughts are usually on writing my upcoming race report. I’m formulating the post in my head, desperately trying to contextualize all the crazy things I see and experience, because I simply cannot wait to share them with all of you and I don’t want to leave anything out. But then I get home, exhausted and sore, and all I want to do is watch the weeks-worth of shows clogging up my DVR and eat oatmeal with bananas and peanut butter.
My race report is coming, in fact it’s nearly there, but instead of prematurely hitting “Publish” on a rather uninspired recap, I’ll save you all the interminable boredom and wait for that stroke of genius that’s bound to show up sooner or later. Because no one enjoys a dull-as-dirt play-by-play of 26 looong miles.
I think I need a muse… think they sell those on Amazon?
In the meantime, let me introduce you to my next challenge. Three days before I was set to run my first marathon, I did a crazy, impulsive thing. I registered for my second.
… and it’s in 6 weeks.
I know, I know… what would possess me to register for a second marathon before I even decided if I liked my first? I asked this myself many times, and in the end, the answer was $10. Yup, you see, the day of the Baltimore Marathon, registration for the NCRTM went up a whopping 10 bucks. And to this girl, $10 is a lot. For that matter, so was the $7 service charge Active.com tried to slap on my order, and so, I signed on the dotted line of a money order and mailed it off old school style. Mock me if you want to, but I’ve got $17 in my pocket that some sad, undecisive runner that registered today, well, does’t.
The next question was, how on Earth do I train for this? As in all times of confusion and general unrest, I turned to Google. Trusty, Google, I love you. Within an hour I had a plan inspired by Hal Higdon’s advice for running multiple marathons that will lead me through 2 weeks of recovery, 2 weeks of intense training, and another 2 week taper. Side note: this isn’t a true trail race. The NCR Trail is really an old rail line on packed gravel and it’s super flat–probably why it made the list as one of the top ten qualifying races for Boston.
(Click to enlarge. This is also posted on my Training page)
So, it’s official, I’ve been bit by the bug. Again. I’ve been scouring the web and piecing together my race calendar for 2011. There are so many options, and clearly I can’t do everything so I’m focusing on new races I haven’t done before. And there are plenty. I’m thinking of trying out a trail run, or maybe a sprint distance triathlon (you know, one that doesn’t require me to train in a pool, or on a road bike because I have access to neither).
Tell me, what races are you running in the Baltimore/DC area in 2011? If you haven’t thought that far ahead yet, which ones have your enjoyed that you would do again?