If you are anything like me, then you were probably going NUTS yesterday when Shalane was leading the way (she ended up finishing 7th), when Meb just completely dominated and became the first American male to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, and while watching various real-life and internet friends pass timing mats along the course. I wasn’t able to watch the live coverage, but thankfully twitter described things perfectly in real time. What a morning!
The whole experience made me so pumped to run another marathon and hopefully get the chance to run Boston 2015.
And really, all of this excitement couldn’t come at a better time.
I can’t believe that I’m about to say this, but training for marathon #3 starts in less than 2 weeks. The whole thing seemed so far into the future when we signed up for the race back in February (or was in January?) and now here we are, about ready to embark on the madness once again. It’s so hard to believe that just 2 years ago, a bunch of us were heading into training for our 1st marathon together, and now we are all repeat offenders.
We are now less than 18 weeks away from Santa Rosa.
Aside from desperately wanting to pin on a bib again and run through the streets while strangers cheer me on, mostly, I’m excited to have something to blog about again. It’s hard to maintain a running blog when all you have to talk about are 3 mile runs every once in awhile. Soon the internet will once again be bombarded by my training recaps, and occasional (and by occasional, I mean weekly) panic attacks over not hitting paces or wondering how I’m supposed to run 26 miles at a 7:53 pace when I can’t even hit that during my 800 repeats (I just shuddered thinking about 800 repeats).
With 12 days to go until training officially begins, we are starting to get into preparation mode.
* Started building up the mileage again and we are now running 6 days a week
* We’ve been modifying our marathon training plan
* Started stalking up on our arsenal of coconut water, Nuun, and ClifShots
* We’ve started to become reacquainted with our BFF the Foam Roller (we will become very intimate at least twice a day over the next 4 months)
* We’ve looked into getting a chiropractor appointment in to correct any lopsidedness
* We’re also planning some sort of “kick-off” event. I love being deep and symbolic, so we always try to do some sort of ceremonial thing that prepares us for 4 months of putting ourselves through running hell which hopefully yields Marathon PR Glory.
It may involve climbing a mountain again (but a bigger one since the goals are loftier this time around), or maybe something else. I have just a few days to decide.
Also, Despite all of my big plans, I haven’t signed up for any other races. We might still sign up for the Run For the Zoo (10-K since the Half sold out) which is on May 4th along with some shorter summer races, but I’ve really just can’t make myself excited over anything available.
Random question: I need to change my blog reading system. Right now I use the WordPress reader (which sometimes includes all of the blogs I follow and sometimes doesn’t), email subscriptions (I’ve kind of been slacking on email reading), and the Blogger reader for those bloggers not on WordPress. I need something a bit more comprehensive because my current system isn’t quite time efficient. Any reader suggestions? I know this was a big topic maybe a year ago, but I didn’t pay attention.
What’s your next race?
Will we be late summer/fall marathon training buddies?