August 12, 2014

Why Richmond Marathon will be different

On the heels of my latest race and my second "for fun" half marathon this summer, I've really started thinking more about Richmond. My training hasn't been all that great so far and there are several things about this marathon that make it a little different. They're neither good nor bad, they just are. 
My training needs a bit of a kick in the pants!
This will be my first marathon that I'll be running solo. My buddy Danielle ran by my side at Marine Corps last fall and of course Mom and I ran together for the final leg of the Dopey Challenge. I have run plenty of other races solo but truth be told, 26.2 miles is a long way to run by yourself. Maybe I'll make some friends on the course!

For my first two marathons, I didn't have a time goal. I approached both of them with a mindset of finishing rather than a time. This time I definitely have some big dreams for a time goal. After my PR at Shamrock, I was feeling really gung-ho about a big time in Richmond. My training hasn't been terribly strong from a pace perspective so far so I've backed off my initial goal a bit. I have settled on two goals-the first for a perfect, everything goes right day and the second for a strong, but realistic finish. They are sub-4:00 and 4:00-4:10, respectively.

It's my only marathon on the books for a while and I kind of like that. Marine Corps was essentially my warm up for Dopey Challenge last winter and to be honest, that schedule became a burden. It was tons of training and many long runs. I'm totally fine with having one marathon on the books for the foreseeable future. I had thought hard about running the Shamrock full marathon next spring but right now I'm not so sure about that.

I'm excited for a semi-local marathon and for the journey that will take me there. Any tips for making the transition from training to finish a marathon to training for a time goal? 
{Christine}

8 comments:

  1. That is an awesome time goal!! I have no doubts you will accomplish what you set out for. I wish I could offer advice for you but I have less experience than you! lol :0)

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I'm a little nervous to have such a big goal.

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  2. I have run all my marathons solo and I didn't think that was bad. There are alot of distractions on the course and plus I had my music. Well you know I can't give you any tips on training for a time, because I don't. I'm sure you will do just fine. It'll be much cooler at that time so you have that going for you at least. I may come down to do the Shamrock again next year. I just love that wkend. And you cant beat the flt course its on. Goodluck in your training. -L

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    1. I think you're probably right...between music and course distractions, I'm sure I'll be fine. I would LOVE for you to come back for Shamrock and then I would definitely do it so we could hang out again. :)

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  3. What an awesome goal! I know you will reach it! Good luck training!

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    1. Thank you for your support, Mindy - much appreciated!

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  4. What worked for me was to use a training plan that with a lot of time at goal pace or faster. I used Greg McMillan's YOU book and his pace calculator to build my training plan and figure out what I was going to run and how fast. For me, the "train slower and think you'll be faster on race day" isn't something that works.

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  5. richmond is going to be so fun this year! my hubby and coworker are running the marathon (their first) and i'm running the half. i'll be cheering on the back half of the marathon course, so i'll be looking for you! :)

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