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?