On January 3 at 3am CST, the registration opened for the Lincoln Marathon.
This is a weird time for a registration to open, but given the quick sell-out for this race in the past I'm assuming the directors wanted to make sure people who REALLY wanted to run, like those who would wake up at 3am to secure their spot, got first dibs. Or those on the West coast who will stay up til 1am :)
I don't know how long it took for the race to sell out, but as of 7am today, Jan 7, it's sold out.
So what now? I missed a few runs over the holidays... oops. But that was to be expected since I was out of the country. More on that in another post. I'm in the first week of a six-week block where I challenged myself to hit every workout. It's not going exactly as planned, and I really wanted to hit them on schedule without moving stuff around, but because I didn't run on Saturday or Sunday, I ran on Monday. Then I didn't run on Tuesday due to unforeseen circumstances. So I ran my 7 Tuesday-miles on Wednesday plus 20 of the 40 Wednesday-bike minutes. Today is supposed to be a 40 minute tempo, but I'm going to do the entire 40-minute bike ride and do my tempo tomorrow. Instead of doing my 13-mile long run on Saturday, I'm going to do my 70-minutes of cross-training and then the 13 miles on Sunday. Then it's back to the schedule... I hope.
There's always something keeping me from hitting the workouts on the schedule. Right now the main enemy seems to be rain... and sleep. I <3 sleep. Too much, I know. But sleeping til 7:15 just seems natural and waking up at 6 ... doesn't.
But I may have hacked rain. Ok, I hate the word "hack." I really hate it. But sometimes it's the best word. Obviously writers use it because people search for it. But I think that it's just become synonymous with "figured out what to do about." "I figured out what to do about rain." That's true. Thus, I hacked rain.
That why statements like "life hacks" are so STUPID. "I figured out what to do about life." Oh, well that's really good because you would just die otherwise.
Anyway, I hacked rain. Stay tuned.
Alternate title: I started training for the Lincoln Marathon
I updated my schedule quite some time ago when I decided to most likely participate in the Lincoln Marathon in 2016. But I want to make it official with its own blog post.
My sister lives in Lincoln (that's in Nebraska, folks) and we have been talking about doing a race together. It made sense consider the Lincoln Marathon for several reasons, really.
I could probably think of another several reasons, but why? There may be some cons to this race, though. Based on a few things I have read, the second half of the marathon course isn't as well-spectated as the first half so the energy will probably be a bit low. Also, it's in Nebraska, so the scenery cannot be expected to be anything better than bad. (I've actually been there and am not purely speculating.)
I started officially training on Nov 26 after taking four rest days post-Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon.
The training plan I decided to use (and yes, I mean actually USE as in FOLLOW and not make up my own instead like last time...) is Hal Higdon Marathon 3. I'm REALLY excited about it for a few reasons.
Alright, that's probably enough reasons. Wait, you want more? Oh, okay no, I misheard you. I think a lot of people choose Hal Higdon's plans for some or all of these reasons already, but this plan really spoke to me. I ended up mashing up my own plans in the past because nothing out there was a good fit. I don't think I have to do that at all this time, except for moving some things around for vacay time.
My biggest goal for the training cycle is to hit 90% of the workouts. I have two blocks of the plan outlined where my goal is to hit 100% of the workouts. I made this my goal so I would have a goal each day and week and not just a "this is going to get me to the marathon, so I better do it." I really would be excited on April 30 to say "I did 90% of my workouts!"
I also plan to run all four prescribed races, but I don't want to spend my life savings, so hopefully I can find some at a good value.
This will only be my second marathon. I hadn't planned to spend 2015 marathon-free. However, if I hadn't sat out for a bit, I wouldn't be able to call this a comeback and it would be much less epic.
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