Anyone who has been on Facebook regularly has noticed that I have been doing some awfully long runs on the weekends. I have been training for a marathon, Surf City in Huntington Beach on February 5. Again. I get a little nervous saying that out loud. Why? Because last year when I was training for the exact same marathon, I ended up with a stress fracture in my hip, preventing me from running for over 4 months. It happened one week after I bought my plane ticket. So what have I done different this time? I haven't bought a plane ticket!! No way. I am driving down. I have even been reluctant to blog about it, for fear of something bad happening.
So why now? Because I just finished running my last 20 mile run and am now in official taper mode (which I find more painful than the 20 mile runs. Weird, I know.)!! I am pumped up and feel great! I am still a bit nervous about an injury. Hell, I could fall down the stairs tomorrow, or trip over one of the boys' cleats in the garage at any moment. Let's just say though that I am cautiously optimistic about my chances of making it to the starting line this time around.
What about my goal time? Up until now I have been saying that my goal is to make it to the starting line. I feel I need to move past that now and choose an actual time goal. My one and only marathon 3 1/2 yrs ago I ran in 4:31, but was injured through most of my training, and injured during the race. At that time in my running, my PR for a half marathon was about 2:06. Things are different now. My recent half marathon time was 1:51. My long run times/paces have been all over the board.
16 miles @ 9:21 pace
18 miles @ 8:52 pace
20 miles @ 9:05 pace--felt AWFUL at the end and was staggering the last mile
16 miles @ 8:54 pace
20 miles @9:33 pace--felt better, but still wiped out and dry heaving at the end
17 miles @9:08 pace--felt great!!
20.5 miles @ 8:58-- This was my run today. I felt really good! I actually felt like I could have kept running. I didn't throw up at all and chowed down a bag of Cheetos when I got home.
So fellow running buddies--what should I reasonably expect to be able to do? I am thinking 4 hr 15 min for sure (which is a 9:43 pace). I am hoping for faster though. Thoughts?