In about 4 days I will once again toe that line. The line that starts the journey of 26.2 and beyond before it ends. Between the spring and the fall I’ve gotten very comfortable racing. My 50 miler training last year made it really easy to bang out a marathon and a 20 miler in one weekend. Okay, maybe not easy, but it got done with a sub 4 hour marathon. Winter training has been a brutal story this year. This will be my 3rd winter running and the coldest, iciest yet. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect in New Orleans, I know I’ll finish, but how the journey happens, I’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.
- This is a flat course which makes it easier than say a hilly course.
- It’s going to be nice and warm, reaching up to the 70s
- I ran four 20 milers in the past month
- I’ve been having some killer tempo runs
- It’s going to be nice and warm reaching into the 70s which might feel like 100 degrees for someone used to running in 20 degree weather. I’m hoping my treadmill runs at work where the gym is kept at 70 will prepare me for it.
- Two of the four 20 milers were done 13 days before race day
- I introduced biking into my training to further build up fatigue
- Current forecast says thunderstorms – I’m really scared of lightening!
- If it doesn’t rain, it will probably be humid
- Since I took most of November and part of December off, my training has been less than 2 months
Basically, at the root of it all, I feel severely under trained for the distance at my targeted pace. I just don’t have enough long or medium long runs under my belt for this training cycle. Have I gotten faster? Yes, but can I hold my pace for my distance? Probably not. I’m targeting a 7:30 pace. However, due to the snow and ice on the roads, I haven’t really trained race pace on my long runs, leaving me a little nervous.
Why haven’t I switched distance?
I have flirted with the idea of running a half marathon to see what my fitness would be. I would love to PR; however, I booked this marathon a year in advance and most likely won’t be returning to New Orleans soon. I’m passively tying to collect all 50 states. I’m not a marathon maniac member (cause I don’t want to pay to join), but I like the idea of running this distance in every state. Besides, I got plenty more marathons in the Spring, so this can just be another training run!
Regardless, rain or shine, I really can’t wait to eat gumbo, crayfish, and jambalaya! Drooling just thinking about the food.
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Any suggestions?