I’m thinking of doing a marathon this fall. Not just a marathon, but a specific marathon. The Twin Cities Marathon.
Back when finishing 26.2 miles was a faraway dream, Twin Cities was always the race I pictured myself running. I could almost see myself coming down the hill on John Ireland Boulevard, coasting over those last triumphant miles to the finish at the Minnesota Capitol.
Yes, that would be my race. I would run Twin Cities someday.
When running a marathon started seeming like a more realistic goal, I thought about details. The when and where were important — the logistics of doing a marathon. Winter would be an easier time (schedule-wise) for me to train and a spring marathon wouldn’t require long runs during the heat of August.
In 2011 — one year ago this coming weekend — I ran my first marathon in Fargo. And it was awesome.
Speaking of Fargo, the lovely Heidi at Run around aroo is planning to stop by the farm to see me (and the cows) tomorrow on her way to run the marathon. Blogger visit! Watch for details soon.
I certainly don’t regret choosing Fargo, but it doesn’t diminish the desire I have to run Twin Cities.
I’ve thought about signing up for the Twin Cities 10 mile lottery (run with the marathon), but who am I kidding?
One, I may not get in, but two, deep down I know I want to do the marathon.
I don’t have quite the flurry of summer weddings and commitments I did last year, and I think I could make it through the summer heat. Farming is always busy, but I’ll just have to be organized about when I fit in my runs.
It’s crazy that even as I feel burnt-out on running and am enjoying my break, I’m itching it sign up for 26.2 this fall.
The website says it’s already 70% full, so I will have to decide sooner rather than later.
What are you doing October 7? Any of my readers running Twin Cities this fall?? 🙂
What about my goals for the race? Every race needs goals…
If I sign up I think the first goal would be a PR. A modest one would be fine. Given that I’ve improved a lot in the last year, I think with reasonable training this is achievable. (current PR 4:29:57) Twin Cities is a more challenging course than Fargo, but I’d have experience (and hopefully less humid weather) on my side.
Because I ran a 1:54 half this spring, I’m almost tempted to think of training to run sub-4:00. How cool would that be? Could I make it?
But then there’s life. If I take this on I’ve got to make certain it doesn’t take over my life. It can’t dictate my schedule, take over my concentration, hinder my work, or hurt my relationships.
I’m not singing up for 60+ mile weeks, and I don’t know that I should go after an aggressive time goal when I don’t think I can put in the right training volume to get there.
Balance is such a challenge. I know I could be better if I trained more and harder, but at what cost does that training come?
Anyway… Maybe if I had a partner or “pacer” that wanted to work toward sub-4:00 with me that would be the ticket. The sign that I’m supposed to attack this goal.
Or maybe you need a pacer?
Heck, I’ll bet I could pace someone to 4:45 or 5:00-something and be chipper and encouraging while doing it. 🙂
This marathon isn’t set in stone, and apparently I’m feeling flexible about my plans and goals if I do run it.
It’s always uncomfortable for me to post big race plans on the blog because they may fall through. But I think that’s just part of the game. Maybe thinking about it this year will be the push I need to sign up next year?
Or maybe I’ll be nervously pacing in the autumn air in front of Mall of America Field (a.k.a. The Metrodome) ready for the start this October?
Ready or not, I’ll have to decide soon!
Do you have a big race on the horizon?