Friday, February 17, 2012

I want to run a Marathon

When the year first began,  my initial goal was to stick to shorter races and work on increasing my speed. I still want to lower my 5k PR and have my average pace be much quicker, but I've begun to set my sights a bit further in terms of distance.  I spend a lot of time on-line looking for jobs and other ways to become re-acquainted with my hometown, in the process I came across one of the local running clubs.  The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club .  This club is also the host of the Hudson Mohawk Half and Full Marathon, which if you read in January's Runners World is considered a fast course and one of the top ten races nationwide that consistently produced the highest percentage of Boston Qualifiers.  I know that qualifying for Boston is not in the cards for me (yet) but the thoughts of running a local marathon appeals to me.  After further investigation, I found that the club host a training club from May - October that cost $125 bucks and includes race entry, weekly runs (staffed with water and gels), a training t-shirt, picnics and best of all, is only open to 70 participates.  The last 2 running clubs I had joined had over 100+ which was easy to get lost in the shuffle.

I hemmed and hawed for almost a week.  I've completed 2 marathons in the past and have signed up for 2 marathons that I DNS without a second thought, but knowing that I was signing up for a running club forced me to make some serious decisions.
  •  I don't like waking up early, and being in the Northeast in the summer can be very hot and humid ( I know it's nothing like the south, but still not pleasant)
  •  I know that weekend long runs will mean sacrificing my summer to run.  My thoughts of hiking in the high peaks in the weekends turns most of it into day trips. 
  • The actual marathon is the day after my "fake" little sisters wedding
  • Do I really want to run 26.2 miles again!?  I've already done this twice.
But as I thought about it,  I knew that I was just coming up with excuses.  
  • I DO want to run another marathon. I'd like to smash my current PR.  
  • I want to meet other runners in the area
  • Eventually I'll be working again and force to wake up early anyways.  
  • I can still go hiking and take weekend trips so long as I am dedicated in getting the miles in
  • A wedding the night before will just mean a nice dinner, a little dancing and early to bed. 
So after thinking about it I finally went ahead and registered. so I'm in.

I'm excited to train for another marathon. Also knowing that I have 2.5 months where I can gradually build up my speed and endurance before the official training begins.

Today's daily inspiration from Runner's book of Daily Inspiration  is very fitting:

"You should run your first marathon for the right reasons, because you'll never be the same person again.  You must want to do it, not do it because your boss did it or your spouse did it" -Bill Wenmark (running coach)

What's true for running marathons is true for running in general: do it because you want to.

Don't do it because your friends do it. Don't do it to impress the boss.  Don't do it because your spouse does it.  Don't even do it because you think it's the right think to do and it will be good for you. Ultimately none of that matters.  What matters is you and your desire. It's like that old joke: How many therapist does it take to change a lightblub? Just one. But the lightbulb has to want to change.

So here it goes, I am going to run the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon.  I am going to train properly and I am going to have fun, and I am going to PR. Lock & Load.


  1. I'm excited for you! I cant wait to read all about training. I have no doubts you can get a PR especially bc you're doing it for the right reasons.

  2. You always amaze me! Good for you. :)

  3. Exciting!!! Looking forward to following your training. Are you going to stay with RLRF?

    1. I will probably incorporate some, but I'll be training with a club. I'm not sure what their training plan looks like yet. But I bet I'll mix some in :)

  4. YAY! I'm so excited for you!!

    And I love that quote. You really do have to run it for you and I can't wait to hear about your training!

  5. how exciting Christine!!! i cant wait to read all about it.

  6. Hey, where in Ny are you?? I am on Long Island... Just came across your blog from a friends...i am a new follower of yours and a newbie blogger myself..

    looking forward to reading more about you.

    I think you made the right decision!!

    1. Hi! Thanks for following! I'm back in Albany area after moving around the country for a few years.

  7. How exciting! I think it sounds like a great experience and only having 70 people will keep it more intimate. Good luck!