Do I or don't I...
Run a spring marathon?
The Knoxville marathon has been on my radar for a few years because my mom lives there. The course has some hills- could be a challenge for a PR.
I've run the Shamrock Shuffle the past 2 years and have enjoyed it.
Problem is Knoxville and Shamrock are the same day.
Chicagoland full is in may which is a crapshoot in Chicago weather wise.
I'm not ready to register for anything other than Shamrock currently, but am looking for a decision whether or not I should tackle a 26.2 (and resolve my unfinished BQ business) in the spring.
Without a goal, I'm seriously lacking motivation. My "expensive" jeans are starting to get tight. (hello muffin top!)
If I penciled in a spring 26.2, then I would start my "pre marathon" training to get in shape for 10-14 weeks of dedicated marathon training. It would be a good time to see if my Cr[Ankle] (cranky ankle) can handle more than 15 miles a week before shelling out a registration fee and possible airfare.
I'm just undecided if I should go after a spring race. One positive aspect of a spring marathon would be totally avoiding the over crowded Lakefront during the summer. That is of course if I get my BQ in the spring. If not, I'll be out there chugging away with the hoards of runners to chase a fall BQ...
And this just isn't about the BQ and taking 5+ minutes off my PR, it's bigger for me. I want to beat my Daad's 3:04:59 and take the Family marathon record. (not this year of course!)
Obviously the first step would be get a BQ (and another huge PR), the second would be to remain injury free for a few years while I chase a 7 minute a mile pace for 26.2 miles.
Unfathomable since I can't average that pace in a 5k currently. (and also because I'm chronically injured)
But hey, I like to dream big.
Good thing is that being consistent pays huge dividends for me when I can stay healthy.
Looks like I've made up my mind.
Hello "pre spring marathon" training Here I come with open arms!
Just not sure where the 26.2 bullseye is going to land yet....