The End of the Race Season

I registered for two races today.

The Iron Girl Half Marathon in Clearwater on April 10…

 

…and the Sarasota Half Marathon next year on March 11. It’s a year away, but I know I want to do it. And right now, the price is $20 less than what I paid to run it this year.

 

I may or may not being running Iron Girl alone. Michelle can’t decide if she wants to run it or not. Go over to her blog and tell her how lonely I am without her and that she needs to run it. It’s on the beach! I think that’s reason enough.

(Edit: Ok, it’s NEXT to the beach. Not on sand people, I’m not that crazy. ;-))

After the Iron Girl Half, I will be taking a little break from running. I’ll still do one or two 4-7 milers a week, but nothing long distance. I need to get my lady-muscles back, so it’s time to start focusing more on strength training. (I might even do some before/after pics.)

I’ll worry about the running in June when I start my marathon training for the Savannah Rock n Roll Marathon.

Speaking of marathon training, Michelle is signing up for Track Shack’s Marathonfest to keep her motivated during training. It’s basically a group marathon training program. I do think running with other people and being accountable to show up for specific runs will keep my training in check. Plus, I might make some new running buddies that will eat cupcakes with me afterwards.

By the way, I googled “running while eating” in hopes of finding a funny picture to insert here. Instead, the search gave me this:

You are welcome.

Training starts June 4. The part I’m worried about: running in the Florida heat. I was really considering doing a lot of my marathon training on the treadmill. Running last year outside during the summer nearly killed me – and I only ran at night.

Biggest Pro for me:

  • The course is planned out for you and it’s different each time – so I won’t have to circle around a neighborhood 8 times trying to get a specific distance while looking like a sweaty neighborhood stalker.

Biggest Con for me:

  • Waking up at 4-4:30am one day on every weekend from June until my full marathon. (Which is almost necessary because of the heat. It’s hotter at night than in the morning because the pavement hasn’t had time to cool all night.)

What do you all think? Have you followed a plan like this when all you want to do on the weekends is drink beer and sleep in?

All this marathon talk is really making me look forward to my break in running.

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  1. 4-430, WOW! Thats early… Hard to get the miles in at times when training for a full. Good to do some halfs in prep for a full!
    Great blog!
    Cheers

  2. That’s too early for this gal. BUT..I think you should do it!!!! I’m not sure “on the beach” is a selling point. Have you ever run on a beach? It sort of sucks. Well…maybe it just sucked for me and my lead weights …(aka my legs)

    I really hope you win those gloves!!!! Hah!!

  3. wow picking a race a year away? that’s commitment right there! as is your weekend wakeup time. i figure i get enough of that early bird stuff during the week so heck yes to the sleeping and the beer 🙂

  4. Getting up at 4-4:30 would be a big hell no for me. I guess it’s not much earlier than around 5 when I usually get up…but just the thought is no fun.
    I really enjoy running with other people! I think it makes my runs go by much faster.

  5. I thought waking up at 7:30 every Saturday for a group long run was bad. You are dedicated girl!

  6. Holly (eatrunsandiego)

    Yes, I have. I trained for a marathon a few years ago, back when every Friday and Saturday night was spent at a bar and every Sunday was a Funday. (This was when I was young and resilient…I could never do this now.) I specifically remember one horrific 14 miler with a massive hangover. In the end I injured my knee on the 20 mile training run and couldn’t run the actual race…but that didn’t really have anything to do with beer and sleeping in.

  7. Um, 4:30? No.

    I looked into training groups too, but there were none close enough to make it worth my while. I’m doing just fine on my own, but my goal is to finish, not to rock out a PR (although my first guarantees me one…w00t).

    PS that cat is gonna kick that cow-thing’s ass.

  8. PPS All I remember from yesterday’s randomness is that your nails were purple. And your first toe is longer than your big toe. I guess I have a pictoral memory.

    I fear the toe-falling-off-ness. Shudder.