Whelp… I said I’d do it… and I did it…
I registered for my first ever MARATHON!
8+ weeks after I originally injured my hamstring and weeks of Physical Therapy later, and I have been given the okay to run again, and that I have! Mostly on the treadmill, and not very far or for very long, but I have been and loving every minute of it. (According to my PT, 8 weeks is pretty standard for a hamstring injury, hooray for being on schedule?)
Since I have been relatively pain free and keeping very close attention to the way that my body feels during and after runs, as well as when performing daily tasks like walking around campus during the week for classes, I made the promise to myself to redeem my missed half marathon, which I was scheduled to run back in September but had to drop out of due to the injury.
I selected the Lansing Marathon in April 2012 because it is local, and so I am familiar with the area and the weather conditions. I’m a little nervous that this is the first year that this particular marathon is being put on, but I have met with the race director and he seems very knowledgeable and competent to put on an amazing race. This should get a fairly good draw since the course is relatively flat and it will be a Boston-qualifying eligible course. Also, since it is in late April the weather should not be too cold or too hot/humid yet.
I’ve run 13 miles before. I know that I can do that. This is completely new and exciting territory that I can’t wait to dive in to. But, I’ll have to wait a little while since my training won’t begin until for another 1.5-2 more months. I’ll be following an 18-week training plan based on my viewing of Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 level training plan, several Runner’s World articles and continuing to progress through NROLFW for cross/strength training. While I have already entered all of these workouts into my calendar up until race day, you best believe that I’m open to editing my plan if my life needs it or the current plan is not working for me.
Now that I finally have that off of my chest and out onto the Internets, it’s time for me to go back to studying and writing papers. Only 5 more weeks of classes and 1 week of finals stand between me and the end of the semester!
What is your marathon training advice for me?
Do you follow a plan or go with the flow?
What races to people already have on the books for 2012? Any chance of one of you guys running this race, too?