For Christmas, Boyfriend got me the Dean Karnazes movie, "UltraMarathon Man," which chronicles Dean conquering 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. While I was watching the movie I became thoroughly intrigued at the idea of running multiple marathons very close together. He didn't seem to get tired. If anything, he got stronger (the 50th marathon he ran was his fastest). Now, I'm no Dean, but I think there is definitely something to be said for running long distances consistently.
There was a time in my life I actually wrote home to tell my parents I had run 10 WHOLE MILES! I couldn't believe it! I had trained for years, really, before I ever got up to that distance. It was long and hard but I had gotten through it and was so proud. Flash forward a few years and I can run 10 miles every single time I go out there and it just feels like another run day. Your body adapts to amazing things if you just stick with it and have the curiosity to try.
I won't be attempting 50 marathons in 50 days. I'm not that crazy. But I got to thinking it might be neat to try 12 marathons in a year. I sort of want to do Goofy in 2011 again and to assuage part of the guilt of returning to Orlando so soon I thought it might be fitting if Goofy 2011 was my 26th marathon. To do that, I'll need 14 more marathons in the next 12 months.
So my 2010 running goal runs the gamut of anywhere from 9-14 marathons in the next 12 months. My dad so kindly pointed out that if I count from Dec. '09 to Dec '10 I am already 3 marathons into my 12 in 12 challenge. That sort of feels like cheating, but I don't think it takes away from the accomplishment if I only eek out 9 more.
To do this without having to send Mario into Golden Gate Park to harvest his own hay, I need to do as many local marathons as I can. This way I don't have to take off from work and have minimal travel expenses. So there will be a few marathons on the list I didn't think I'd ever do (or do again) but I'll get over it. Because of the need to do these local races, I wasn't able to space these all out nicely. There are a couple of back-to-backs and even a possible 3 in 3 weeks (perhaps even 4 in 4 weeks) segment planned. I do have about 4 destination races I've penciled in that I'm really excited about, though.
So to start this off, I have already signed up for the Napa Valley Marathon on March 7th and the Oakland Marathon on March 28th. I am also tinkering with the idea of doing the LA Marathon on March 21st.
I may end up regretting this, but if so, I'll just stop! No worries!