Last week I had one of those very surreal moments, one of those you pinch yourself and think is this really true? It’s taken me a little while to digest it and to even fathom how I got here? But this weekend when I was out enjoying an early spring moment running in New England, it hit me.
“I’m gonna have to do all this training over again in the fall.”
Sunday was my first 21 miler of this training plan completing my most miles ever in one week of 68 miles. This plan goes up to 70 miles so not quite there yet but I am up to 68 with only 12 weeks left of this plan (I know only 12 weeks left but it goes so fast.).
Anyway, some of the good news is that I am feeling stronger each run and confident that I will see a big difference in my marathon performance with just the simple fact that after 21 miles I was able to complete the last mile very strong (wanting to die after but strong and even a sub 9 min mile). So far I have been very impressed where this plan has taken me, so if you are interested in training for a marathon, you might try the plan in the book “Advanced Marathoning” by Pfitzinger and Douglas.
Oh okay, back to the “Holy cow” news…. I made it! I made it into the New York City Marathon on November 6, 2016. I know that they accepted about 4500 extra people but really I was not expecting to make it because it is a very hard marathon to get in to. I was part of the 23% of the people in the lottery who made it in. The official total accepted was 19,083 with 82,172 applying for the lottery. Those aren’t great odds and last year I did not beat them but this year is different. This year I did it!
Thanks New York City Road Runners for drawing my name out of the hat (or that is how I pictured it happening, I am sure it was more computer generated.) Now I’m celebrating. My marathon #7 will be New York City in November!
Holy Cow… New York City!
I can hardly wait but first, I must regroup because before marathon #7 I have to complete marathon #6 in Burlington, VT in May, Vermont City Marathon. I am very excited about this one too. Excited because it is close to home, excited because Vermont is a gorgeous place to run and excited because we will get to spend the long weekend up in Burlington with our oldest child. So exciting!
I am also excited because on March 26th I will be running my first 20 mile race. Okay for me it will be more of a training run but I thought it would be fun to run a race during training that was more than a half marathon (definitely not to disparage anyone from half marathons because I love that distance, but when your plan calls for 20 miles and you get tired of the same 20 mile path, you need to liven it up a little).
Now that my marathons are all set for 2016 I guess I need to plan out the rest of my races…..
How is your training going? Any race you are looking forward to?