Wednesday, November 26, 2008
4 Planning For Marathon Numero Uno.....
As you can see from the last few posts, I've been planning out my race calendar for the remainder of 2008 & also for the coming year.
Of course, setting one's schedule also obviously requires planning out training programs, so I've also been considering enrolling in some speed clinics & a marathon training program (in 2009).
And of course that brings me to the big goal for the end of 2009 or possibly the beginning of 2010. Yep, you guessed it. The marathon. Or rather the very first marathon.
As it stands right now, I am still trying to decide which marathon will be "numero uno." It's currently a toss-up between Harrisburg, Ocean Drive, or the Shamrock. They are all relatively flat courses, which, as many veteran marathoners have repeatedly advised me, is definitely the way to go for the newbie marathoner.
There's also the possibility that Harrisburg might be a relay team run instead, which'd be good to get the flavor of the marathon without actually running the whole thing. ;-) Since the Harrisburg Marathon is typically held in November (2009), it'd also be a good "introduction" to the whole marathon scene, which I have yet to experience, other than being on the sidelines cheering on a marathoner I knew, whom a bunch of us came out to support. 8-) To be honest, I've only personally witnessed one marathon thus far that I can recall, & that was the Marine Corps Marathon several years ago (circa 1994-6).
So if the marathon relay happens, that'd also give me slightly more training time to run either the Shamrock or Ocean Drive, which are both in March 2010. This latter idea is probably the more realistic plan, considering I'm only currently doing 22-30 miles per week on average, & it takes time to build up to the necessary weekly mileage required to adequately prepare for a marathon!
So while I haven't yet made up my mind just yet on the specific marathon, I have been doing something a bit more important -- reading & researching everything I can about marathoning, & planning for my upcoming marathon training.
One such useful article on the subject can be found here. (I also tweeted earlier today about this Runner's World article, entitled "26 Tips for Running Your Best 26.2.")
Also, I recently just got Blaine Moore's audio CD, "Run to Win With Tom Ryan: How to Regain & Maintain Your Competitive Edge As You Age", & then also purchased his digital book, "Marathons Don't Have to Hurt," as a companion piece, which I've just started reading. I will very likely be referring to these media in upcoming posts, so stay tuned for feedback.
To promote the new "Run to Win" CD, the first 50 copies will be given away for free. The last time I checked there were less than 15 left. However, if you act now, you might still be able to get the CD for free (i.e., you only have to pay a minimal cost for shipping), while supplies still last. And, if you purchase the book at the same time you get the CD, you can get the book at a discounted rate. Both the audio CD & book are packed with information!