I was really excited for my runs this weekend. But I am not upset that I cannot run them, instead I am looking forward to when I can run again. And in all honesty, it will probably be early next week - my ankle is feeling better, just swollen. I will be careful though!
So, thinking. Thinking about marathons. Thinking about how scary they really are. Especially if you want to go faster.
My first marathon I had the goal just to finish. I thought it was way out of my league. I only stopped at water breaks, and finished. My second marathon was part of the Dopey Challenge - for those that don't know, that is 4 days of running: 5k, 10k, a Half and a Full. I just wanted to finish. I wanted to run the whole thing, but just finish. I found the 4:45 pacer, and stuck with her most of the way. I was amazed that I beat my time from the previous year.
However, I know I am capable of going faster - much faster. I am wanting to complete a marathon this year in under four hours. I know, it's a lot. Dropping over 43 minutes from my previous marathon would be a huge undertaking. I do think I have some things going for me: I have run fairly consistently since that last marathon, especially the last half of 2014. I have run more half marathons, including a sub 2 hour marathon. Now this sub 2 half marathon was a big deal for me. I didn't think I was going to be able to compete in it, as I had moved to Hawaii and the race was in Florida. I only got the flight booked about 2 weeks before the race, so I didn't really train as much as what I should have, or would have liked to.
Now, this year I think I can do the sub 4 hour marathon. I have two half marathons ready to go. I want to enter the lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon in DC (October), and I am entered into the Honolulu Marathon (December). The MCM may be my best shot, as the weather will be cooler, but I am hoping to use it as a guide, see how I do, if and when I hit the wall, work on my fueling strategy. Though, I may not even get in. If this is this case, perhaps I try for another marathon elsewhere, or go on my own at home. (Though no race bling!)
What I want to look at, to help with my goal of a sub 4 hour marathon:
- Nutrition - what to eat before and after my runs
- Fueling - hydration before and after my runs, as well as focusing on my long runs
- Salt tablets/electrolytes - I will be running in Hawaii, during the summer, the mornings will be humid and warm!
- Hills - finding some good places to run with rolling hills, this may make me go for a drive for my runs!
- A good training plan, I want to run at least three 20 mile runs before hand. Hal Higdon has given me good training plans so far, so I may use his again. In saying this, I want to bump up my mileage, which I need to do slowly so I don't injure myself.
This is it for now. I am excited. I know this is possible.