5.08.2008

Take It and Run Thursday


I am jumping in to the weekly blog carnival going on over at The Runners' Lounge. Join me, won't you? The theme this week is Marathon Mania. Yep, it's that time of year again. Time to choose your fall race events and map out your training plans. Gulp.

Last week, in a moment of sheer whimsy, I registered for this little event and was sooooo excited to get a spot. A few minutes later, I realized I actually have to run this thing. Gulp.

This will be my second full marathon, having completed the Chevron Houston Marathon in January. You can read about my experience here. It took me a while to process the overall experience and decide if I would ever try another one. I want to challenge my body and mind to complete 26.2 again. I want to do better. Gulp.

One of the biggest lessons I learned during Houston is the mental aspect of the distance. The majority of people complete the Half Marathon in Houston, once the full course splits off, it thins out considerably. As a back of the pack runner, I felt so alone and this really affected my performance. But, I value the lessons I learned about the distance and about myself. I also have learned more mental tricks. Since the MCM is such a big race, well supported, and plenty of interesting sights to take in, I think the mental aspect of the race will be much better. Not easy, but better. Now I must start to prepare my body. Gulp.

Thankfully, several members of my local running group are doing the MCM as well and many others are training for fall events. I plan to build up my base mileage again and start getting some longer runs in soon. Living in the Houston area though means dealing with high temperatures and humidity, so we have to get the majority of our runs done early in the morning. In the past, my milestone runs (18, 21) have taken place in the cooler temps of fall. This year will be a challenge to complete the REALLY LONG runs in the sauna of August or September. Gulp.

I'll keep you posted!

Be sure to stop by The Runners' Lounge to read about more Marathon Mania. Or Marathon Maniacs. (It truly is a sickness.)

Do you have Marathon Mania? Is there a cure? What are your goals?

7 comments:

  1. Congrats on your decision to run your next marathon! How exciting! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your tips on running mojo - very helpful.

    Amy
    www.runnerslounge.com

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  5. The MCM is a local race for me (well, I'm about 30 miles away), but I'm not ready for another marathon. I know lots of people who have had a great time running it, though.

    Good luck!

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  6. The MCM is on my schedule for this fall as well. I can't wait!!!

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  7. I am in Tulsa and also registered for a fall marathon, placing my long runs in July and August. What on earth was I thinking? Ah, yes, I was in the grip of marathon mania!

    Good luck to you! It is much steamier there than here.

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