So I signed up to run the San Francisco Marathon on July 26th. Julianne is leading the 4:45 pace group. Given the slightly hilly terrain 4:45 is a good goal for me. I'll be honest and say that SFM never much interested me. I regularly run the first 19 miles of the course and there is no scenic value in the latter miles. In fact, a great deal of the course is run in Golden Gate Park. I love me my Golden Gate Park but run there all the time. Like, five days a week all the time. Not exactly race-day inspiration.
However, the timing of SFM is just right. I am planning to train hard to try to set a PR at CIM in December. Running SFM will keep me running regularly in the ensuing months. Also, travel costs are minimal since I live in the city. Any other marathon would involve a long drive/plane ride and hotel costs. Julianne leading the 4:45 was the clincher for me. It's a goal which means I can't just putter along, but hopefully not so fast that I ruin myself for CIM.
I have already found a marathon training plan to use. I decided to use a Runner's World Smart Coach plan. It is a new type of schedule for me. Lots of middle-distance runs. I usually use a plan which has at least one palsy 4 miler at some point in the week. None with this plan. Lots of slow middle distances (e.g. 9 & 10 milers). Hopefully this doesn't get too boring. There is one tempo run a week to push the pace a bit.
SFM is only 12 weeks away so I am officially marathon training again.
I had a lot of fun going for a run today with Audrey. She's doing Goofy & probably CIM, too, so we talked a lot of training strategy. She also got to meet Mario. He was a little groggy since we interrupted his mid-day slumber, but his bummy antics won her over. Audrey, if you like lazy animals, Mario is your man!
Please congratulate my friend, ShoeRunning, who rocked her first marathon this weekend!