I have 7 weeks until Seattle RnR, and my training plan is to run long two more times. I read a few articles about hitting 20 miles and then doing a run near that length every third week to keep mileage up, and that's the plan I'm using. The long runs will be May 12 and June 2, likely about 20 miles each time. In between those weeks I'll run shorter, 10-12 mile runs, and I'm running a 10K race on May 27. I'm happy to have this time in between hitting 21 miles and the marathon to focus on quality runs and to rest as needed.
Now for my dilemma. I've had my eye on the Columbus Marathon for a couple of years now, and it was going to be my goal marathon for 2013. Today, I found out that the 2012 course runs through the Ohio State Football Stadium. What! This news made me want to do it this October; who knows if the course will stay through the stadium next year? Plus, one of my college roommates will be running it as her first marathon and so many of my friends run one of the events every year. It would be a big reunion of running college friends and a route taking me through campus and down memory lane. I'd get to see my parents, who hardly ever get to come to races. Even thinking about it makes me crazy excited.
Course map from the Columbus Marathon website.
I can always play it safe and sign up for the half, but then I miss the run through OSU Stadium part of the course. I'm always the play it safe person, so maybe it's time to push myself a little. If something goes wrong, I could always drop back to the half at a later date. These statements even apply to the half - stop playing it safe and starting slow, try to push from the beginning of the race. I need to remember to push my limits, to let myself feel out of breath and uncomfortable sometimes.
The final decision isn't made yet, but I'm leaning toward making this full marathon number three. The hotel is already booked for the weekend. Kevin is ready to sign up. The friends, family, OSU spirit and return to my home state are all calling to me. All I have to do is register.