Friday, November 4, 2011

Choosing a marathon

My last race was a half marathon that went really well for me.  ( "for me" is the key phrase there....everyone has to determine their own goals and measures of success )  Back in May I had run my first half marathon and it kicked my ass.  I made about every mistake you can make in both training and during the race.  Instead of a feeling of accomplishment, I felt like I needed a redemption race.  My time wasn't all that bad for the race, but there were so many things that could have been better.  So...I took another shot, ran my plan, and took 9 minutes off my time.   So....now I'm pretty sure I want to do a marathon, which of course you know if you've read along so far. I've done 1 long run of 15 miles, and want to get another longer run in before I sign up. I figure I can be ready for that distance in January.  The later the race I choose, the more time I'll have to train, but also, the more time I'll have to sustain an injury, so later isn't necessarily better.  But...if I pick a race too early, I won't be ready.  I want to do this right, as it's a major commitment, and I don't know how many chances I'll get at it.  I think I've narrowed it down to the Disney Marathon on January 9 or the Miami Marathon on Jan 29.  I wanted it to be a fairly large race, that had been around for a while, in a warm climate.  Ideally I'd like something in mid January, but there's nothing that fits my requirements there.

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