Wednesday, November 26, 2008

4 Planning For Marathon Numero Uno.....


Hi Everybody,

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!


Steve said...

Good luck with your training. Completing a marathon for the first time is an amazing feeling.
Harrisburg is a nice, small race and the time of year is perfect. I know people who have and they really liked it. It's on my 'to do' list.
I look forward to watching the progression of your training.

cyberpenguin said...

Thanks so much, Steve! I'm really looking forward to it!

So, I gather from your comments that you must be a seasoned marathoner. How many marathons do you have under your belt?

Your blog entry about your Philly Marathon experience has got me thinking. Might just have to add that one to the list of marathons to be considered for next year. 8-)

As you probably already saw, I'm thinking about doing Harrisburg as a marathon relay team; we've got 2 people on our team so far & are looking for 2 more people. Interested? ;-) Or would you rather run the whole thing? 8-)

Well, whatever happens, please keep me posted which marathons you decide upon. Who knows, maybe we'll see you at one of them! 8-)

Steve said...

Don't know if I would call myself a seasoned marathoner (salty maybe), but Philly was number 9 for me.

Not sure what my schedule for next year is, yet. I usually like to try for two a year, though, one in the spring and one in fall. Harrisburg as a relay would be fun. Thanks for the invite! I'll have to give it a little think.

raulgonemobile said...

Yeah, I've been thinking about doing my first as well. Not sure if my mileage is up enough that it would be the right thing or not.

I guess I'll see how December goes and decide from there.

Good luck on your training.. Can't wait to read your marathon race report

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