I am going to run one marathon, just one, and it is going to be NYC. I trained for the NYC Marathon through the summer and fall. I told everyone I knew I would never do this again. All my runner friends kept telling me I would just wait, you will want to run another. I kept saying no, this is it, one and done.
During my training for the New York City Marathon I said I was never going to train for a marathon ever again. It’s tedious, it’s hard and there is no way I was going to put my body through that torture again. Then I ran the marathon and I knew immediately that I would do this again, but faster.
Four years ago I started this blog to chronicle my training for the Long Island Half Marathon, which I was trying to run in under two hours. On May 1, 2011 I succeeded with a time of 1:54:36. This blog has become so much more than training for races, but now I almost feel like I have come full circle by training for the Long Island Marathon for time four years after I did the same thing for the half! At 8am on Sunday May 3, 2015 I will be running the LI Marathon for time.
I ran NYC in 4:49:14. I would love to run Long Island in 4:15, but I have not created an official time goal yet. For my last marathon I started out following the Run Less, Run Faster plan by Runner’s World, but I ended up just doing what ever I felt like, while making sure to hit 16, 18, and 20 miles during my long runs. It got me to the finish, but I know I can do better, so this time around I will be working with Jess from Race Pace Wellness as my coach. I met Jess a few years ago at a blog related event and again last year when we both were invited to the Runner’s World Festival and Half. Jess is an amazing runner, BQ fast, and an even more amazing person, which makes me so excited to have her as my coach. I have followed the training of some of Jess’s Race Pace Runners and they all have had great outcomes from working with her. While marathon training doesn’t start for another month or so, I start working with Jess on December 1st!!!
So when I originally said one and done, I meant one and many more. While the New York City Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart and could never be replicated, there are so many other marathons I want to run now. My ultimate dream is to run Boston and not just to run it, but to qualify to run it. I am going to be 37 in January, so my goal is BQ by the time I am 40. Only time will tell if I can do it, but I will never know if I don’t at least try!!!
What would be your dream marathon to run?