I never thought I would do a marathon. Yet for some reason I think I could do one today, even though 12 miles is the longest run under my shoes to date.
I’ve signed up for the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon this November. This race appealed to me because it starts late in the day (I’m not a morning runner yet) and finishes on the Vegas strip.
If you want to run with me, please sign up!
Despite thinking I could run the thing today, I’m going to do a training regimen anyway – why not, since I have a few months?
(I know I’m not ready for the full 26.3. Even the most seasoned runners I know say that the last six miles are hell on earth, even people who’ve finished multiple marathons. I wheeze at the end of my regular 8 miles.)
Per the suggestion of a friend, I’m going to follow the Hal Higdon Novice 1 program.
I’m not exactly a running novice, so I’m skipping the first couple weeks. But Couch to 5K worked so well for me that a similar couchish-to-marathon program makes a lot of sense as well.
One major modification by me: I really don’t like running on back to back days, much less back to back to back days. So I’m inserting non-running days (on which I’ll swim, x-train, or rest) in between run.days.
I’ll occasionally post an update or two on how the training is going. If you’re on RunKeeper, add me so I can check out your runs too.
My Current State of Running
While we’re talking running, here’s my update for mid-summer 2016. Let me say two things:
- July in SLC is hot, like it is elsewhere
- July is also the month with several beer related events
My pace has slowed by about 20 seconds per mile, which isn’t terrible. But it’s definitely a decline from the sub-8 minute pace I was at in the spring. I’m hoping to get it back down in time for the marathon, but in no hurry (ha!).