Well, with fall marathon training season already underway and in full swing, guess I need to sorta officially reveal my plans 🙂 And yes, my plans have been in the works…for almost 3 months already 😉
Still guessing what I signed up for? Can’t figure it out? I can show you better than I can tell you 😉
So November 6th…I’ll be toeing the line of the NYC Marathon for the 3rd time. After having traveled elsewhere for my last 2 marathon attempts, there is something calming about being “home.” And yes, I do intend to chase a BQ time of sorts…actual time goal still TBD.
And on the topic of that…I’m sure some of you are wondering why I chose NYC as opposed to a flatter marathon. Believe me, I did put a bit of thought into it…and here is what I came up with.
- Home field advantage. No having to deal with plane rides and hotel rooms, can just sleep in my own bed the night before. Yeah, I know there’s the issue of waiting on Staten Island, but I’m a seasoned pro at it by now 😉
- Another aspect of the home-field advantage…practicing on the course. I can run Queensboro Bridge and 5th Ave repeats til I make them both my BFFs.
- I like the bigger marathons. I thrive on crowd support. And especially this one, knowing that there will be friends/family in almost every borough cheering me on.
- And it’s not like I’ve never tried to run an easier marathon. I have. Twice. And neither of them resulted in the race I trained for, the race I wanted. That magic has only happened in New York.
So 18 weeks to go and lotsa miles to run. This time around I’m getting help from a coach-as I mentioned before I know I can’t really go about it on my own when it comes to pushing the envelope to get me those few minutes or more and still avoid what happened 2 years ago. So something new for this time around as well.
And yes-there will be some racing inbetween…right now consisting of my usual lineup of a 5K in Hoboken this month, the Club Champs 5-miler in August, and the Rock ‘n Roll Philly Half (the latter being another reason why i wanted to go for a November marathon-I was a little bummed I couldn’t do the half in Philly last year, as it was way too close to Chi-town, date-wise!)
Not sure how often I will be blogging about training…yep, I do intend to write more than I have been, but not sure how much free time I will have. Maybe I’ll do weekly updates or something like that. We’ll see as the summer goes on.
So. NYC. You ready for me???