Let me get my big announcement out of the way first.....I decided to register for the Revel Mt. Charelston Marathon. A part of me is so excited to race at the end of April. But, another part of me is "WTF are you thinking?"
The Revel Mt. Charelston course is a crazy steep down hill cheater cheater pumpkin eater course. I will show you the elevation profile.
|This makes the St. George Marathon look tame.|
I realize that by running this marathon, I may have a really great chance of destroying my legs, and possilby reinjuring my foot..... So why did I sign up for this? I'm dumb or smart depending on how I look at this..... My biggest motivation was that I wanted to try to BQ again before registartion opens up in September. I also do not want to train for a fall marathon this year. I love Rock N Roll Las Vegas. (never thought I would say that, but I had a good race last year).
Training for a fall marathon means lots of long runs during the brutal Summer months. In Las Vegas, our Summer is on steroids. And last year she was a beast! I think I might still race the half but, getting back to Revel.
Another reason that I recklessly registered for this marathon, was because my old running partner/run BFF now lives in Washington, DC and she got me excited and fired up about running, and we were going to run this race together..... Turns out, I registered and then the marathon sold out before she had a chance to. Womp.... Womp......I'm actually still closet training for this race. I haven't told my husband yet.... Running eats into family time, and I know that marathon training can stress my family out. My husband knows I'm training for something, but I'll drop this bomb in a few weeks after I finish my MBA program.
Revel is 11 weeks out, and at the beginning of March, I will start working with my coach Brent Bowers again. He really did a great job of taking the guesswork out of pace, effort, and distance. I did so much more of my running at an easy/relaxed pace. But, I also did a crap ton of strides, and he changed my attitude of the long run. I used to think that I had to do my long runs at marathon goal pace the majority of the training run. By slowing down I was able to build up my endurance base, but not having to log 50 miles a week either. I was averaging in the high 30's and peaked at 45 mpw. I really can't fit much more mileage into my schedule. I also didn't feel exhausted or burnt out.
I feel that I sorta eased my way back into training.....Here's what my last six weeks of running have looked like
I did my first long run of 13 miles last Friday, and it felt okay. I am focusing on base building to build up my gas tank. I am also being cautious about my pace. About once a week I will head out to different running trails with big hills.
I will go into further detail about some of these runs in my next post.
Thank you for reading.