I decided that I wanted to run another marathon earlier this month. I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to do but I did know that I didn’t want to travel far (or at all) and ideally I would like to know the course. I also wanted to do it THIS YEAR. I am not the type that will decide something and then wait for it. I decide, and I do. So with that being said I chose the 2017 Long Beach Marathon in October! Now, every time I have done the half at Long Beach I curse my way through, say bad words and am convinced and I am running on the surface of the sun because it is so hot. Why would I chose to do the full then?! Because I want to, that’s why.
Earlier this month I ran the OC half marathon and impressed myself with my time. I had no idea that it was going to go as well as it did. It was very very tough and there were times when I wasn’t sure I wanted to run anymore. If I just walked a little it would be fine but I didn’t walk! I didn’t want to cross the finish line knowing that I had something left to give. I was able to produce a negative split the last 6 miles which for me was great. Afterwards I was SO SO tired but I knew that I wanted to do another full.
My “A” half marathon is Napa to Sonoma. The race is July 16th and I am going up against the clock. I want to run a 1:54 at this race. That is 6:30 minutes faster than I did last year. I can do it. I have been training and I will continue to train. There are 7 weeks left from Sunday and I have already been seeing a lot of improvement with my running. I am still using swimming and cycling as cross training and I have 1 rest day a week. So far so good. Let’s keep it up!
My goal for Long Beach? I want to run in 4:20. I did Surf City earlier this year in 4:35. It is quite the jump in time and I would be thrilled with that finish. I have come to learn in the last month that I can do it. I did an Ironman. That was a whole different beast. I was doing my best and I made it to that finish line but I really had to know when to conserve and when to push. I feel when I do a marathon all I do is push, so this time around I am going to be more aware of my heart rate and my pace. Only time will tell if it works out for me. What if I fail miserably and I don’t finish within my goal time? I sign up for another one. I will keep doing it until I hit my goal. Let’s get real though, we all know the goal will change after every race so I guess I am in this for the long run!