I'm headed down to Monterey shortly to run the Big Sur Marathon tomorrow! I think a year has faded the memory of some pretty serious hills, but I am looking forward to the beautiful views which are still fresh in my mind. I hesitate to put time goals on this one, but will say I'd love to beat last year's time (5:20ish, I think). My super-top A-goal would be a sub-5 hour finish but my first priority is to enjoy the day.
I will be carrying my camera though I probably won't stop quite as much as I did last year. I believe tomorrow is shaping up to be a sunny day which should make for some nice photos. Last year it was fairly overcast. I am hoping the wind stays away!
Running this week has been taper-iffic! A couple of three milers and a six milers with some 9:00 miles for speed.
One question that came up was my training this year. The Year of the Marathon has posed some issues in that I cannot follow my normal schedule. Some people can run high mileage weeks the week after a marathon, but I cannot. I tend to take it pretty easy the week following a race. I also like to take it pretty easy the week before a race. With my schedule thus far, this has meant a lot of easy weeks. If I've had three or more weeks in between races I try to do one week of higher mileage (like last week) but I kind of just go with the flow. I haven't done a 20 mile training run since November, I think. It seems to be working.
During the months of June-late August I won't be running a single marathon. I am actually going to go through a whole marathon training cycle this summer. I am looking forward to this because I want to work on my speed a little. I've been sort of coasting off of my CIM training but the middle of the year feels like a nice time to bring it back up again. I also want to feel like I am earning these marathons. The past few months I almost feel like a cheat since I haven't done any specific training for any specific races.
Hopefully I'll get some nice shorts of Big Sur to share with all of you! See you on the other side!