A week from today I will running my 3rd marathon. It’s crazy to think that all of the marathons I have done will all been completed within the past 12 months. Not sure if I recommend others to try this…it’s a LOT of running.
The Wineglass Marathon, in my hometown, was my first marathon. Nothing better than a mostly flat course and lots of familiar faces to cheer you on!
My first marathon training experience went great up until some tendonitis in my foot/ankle sidelined me for 2 weeks a month or so before the marathon. Once it was better and I could run again, I felt like I was playing catch-up to get back my fitness.
I was nervous to try the marathon distance despite losing some valuable training time, but after all of those miles I put in, I was determined to at least give it a try. My goal time was originally 3:40 (the Boston qualifying time for women my age last year). I knew because of my injury, I should be more realistic and accept just finishing as a goal (but secretly hoping I could at least be under 4 hours).
At the 13.1 mile mark, I looked down a my watch and was at 1:50 for my time. Not bad for a first time marathoner. However, I was starting to get stabbing pains in my right knee, then my left knee! It hurt SO bad that I had to stop and walk it out. The pain would subside for a little while, but if I started moving a decent pace again, the stabbing pain came back. It haunts me to this day as I watched the time tick by on my Garmin. I knew I wasn’t going to get 3:40. I did end up finishing…in 3:56. I met two goals that day: I finished my first marathon AND I was under 4 hours. It wasn’t easy.
My second marathon was a disaster. I didn’t like talking about it right after the race and I still don’t to this day. We’ll just say I finished and immediately wanted revenge on the distance. This is why I signed up for my 3rd marathon.
So here I am…one week away. It’s amazing when I think how much training and hard work you can put into getting ready for a marathon (1 race) and then it’s over. It’s not like a 5k where you can recover quickly and run another one within a week or two if it doesn’t go well. It’s a long term training commitment and recovery process with results that are never guaranteed…as I have learned in the past.
This marathon’s training has gone pretty well. I have followed a less strict plan this time around, by using key workouts from my previous experiences, but cutting back a little with my overall weekly mileage. I was able to get in a couple 20 milers in addition to other successful long runs. Unfortunately, I did have the same foot/ankle tendonitis issue happen this August, but I think for the most part it is cleared up.
I’m ready to enjoy my taper week. There’s just one thing left to plan…what shoes to wear. I have been wear testing for a particular company and really enjoyed a specific model. One problem, I had to return the shoes and they are not available for sale yet. I am currently wear testing another pair, but not sure if they are the right type for the marathon. I also have a selection of my own shoes to wear. I would LOVE to wear my Saucony A5s, but I don’t think they will offer enough support for the marathon distance. Right now I’m thinking I will go with my Saucony Kinvara 3 shoes. I wore them in my last marathon and didn’t have any problems with them. Ah, decisions!
More to come on final pre marathon thoughts…including my goal.
I can’t forget to mention…we met Dick Beardsley last year at the Wineglass Marathon. This year Joan Benoit Samuelson will be here. How amazing is that?!
- Are you getting ready for a Fall Marathon?
- What is your goal?
- What shoes will you be wearing?