Well, it’s official: I’m registered for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon! I chose this marathon a couple of months ago actually and had to wait patiently for registration to open this morning. I was up before five AM with butterflies in my stomach and skipped my normal strength session in fear that it would fill up (I heard it sold out quickly). I want to run this race for a number of reasons:
- It’s local! The race starts in Schenectady and finishes in Albany, so hopefully friends and family will come to cheer me on. I’ll also have the advantage of sleeping in my own bed the night before, stick to my normal diet, and training on the course.
- It’s known to be a fast course! Few hills, some downhill, and a lot of flat. In fact, the last few miles of the race are on the bike path that I run on frequently throughout the year.
- The race is held in October and autumn is my favorite time of the year (potential for cooler running conditions).
Needless to say, I’m pretty excited and nervous, but mostly excited. Which leads me to a more current update: this month’s Syracuse Half Marathon.
I had to take more time off than I anticipated with the walking pneumonia but the good news is this is week three of me back in action. I’m running 2-3 days per week with 3 days of strength training in between. I’m working on adding more miles, as I know they are needed, but didn’t want to overdo it when starting over. Last Saturday I ran 12 miles with a running friend; that was my longest distance in over a year! This weekend I’ll be running another 12-13 miles to get my confidence up for the race and will back off next weekend. I really wanted to PR this half marathon but shifted my focus on having fun due to my lack of winter training. This will be my first race out of town without the support of my family or beau, and I’ll be traveling with someone I’ve only met/ran with once. I’ll also have the opportunity to meet two people that I met online a couple of years ago through DailyMile and look up to; they’ll both be running the race as well. I don’t want to lose money (race registration and hotel) and will look at it as a wake up call for May: the Steel Rail Half Marathon!
That WILL be my PR race!
I’m still on the fence about the Cherry Blossom 5K next month only because I’d prefer to bank that cash toward my student loans. I’m racing far less than all of my friends this season because of my loans; I have 10 months to pay of my remaining balance before I’m 30! (a previous goal of mine) Every race I don’t run, every washcloth you purchase, every person that joins my Young Living team/community is helping me reach my goals. That just means if I’m not racing, I’ll be there to cheer you on so that you can reach your goals! Ah, I can’t wait!