The Start of Marathon #3

I started training for the New York City marathon this week. I’m so excited about this race! It almost seems unreal that I’ll be running it in just about 16 weeks. I did my first long run on Sunday. 10 miles with an average pace of 9:43. Feeling pretty pleased about that. My knee didn’t really bother me. I ran pretty hard. I’m excited to get started training for marathon #3!

The start of a new training cycle leads me to reflect on the start of training for marathons #1 and #2. #1 was exciting and challenging. I wasn’t sure I could do it or what it would be like. I had become a bit bored with the half marathon. I was inspired by Boston 2013. I loved training for marathon #1. It pushed me to do things like run 11 miles alone on vacation. It got me asking colleagues to run with me at conferences. I took on distances I had never fathomed before. I loved nearly every minute of the training. I didn’t care for my finishing time.

Marathon #2 was sort of a revenge event. Or maybe call it redemption because that sounds better. I read everything I could find about how to get faster and run a better race. I joined a gym, got a better training plan, started working out 6-7 days a week instead of four. I teamed up more seriously with Fast Friend and Snarky Girl. Thank goodness, since it ended up taking both of them to get me through marathon #2!

Marathon #3 is all about getting faster. I’m working with a coach for the first time so that is very new. I also suspect that I got many of the “easy” gains last time around. This is going to be a lot more work. I’m super excited about the possibility of running faster. I also expect I will get to know some new people this time around. And at the end, a marathon in the Big Apple!


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2 Responses to The Start of Marathon #3

  1. This is going to be so exciting to follow along…and yes…I think your gut is right to an extent that the gains will be harder, but don’t sell yourself short either….you work damn hard at this! Just always listen to the Body and don’t feel bad about resting if it calls for it (hello kettle pot calling! Lol!)

  2. I am so excited for you and happy that I get to follow you along toward the finish line of marathon #3!

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