12 hours, 9 minutes
Avg Pace: 12:51/mile
24.9 miles -- 31.8 miles less than in 2010
5 hours, 11 minutes -- 7 hours, 2 minutes shorter than in 2010
Avg Pace: 12:29/mile -- 22 seconds faster than in 2010
There were 25 days without running between my last run in January until my first run in February. Since I was on my huge vacation, I didn't do any running for almost a month. So, that explains the low numbers. But, hooray! I'm back on track.
Since I got back, I did miss one run (last Tuesday, it was a snow day and then I was incapacitated with a migraine in the afternoon). Still, I feel pretty good about things. I am starting to ramp up the mileage for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 7. I've decided that I hate that name. I really wish they'd just call it a half marathon, which is what it is. Mini-marathon sounds stupid.
I'm also thinking ahead to my fall marathons... Here comes a rant on that subject.
I entered the lottery for the New York City Marathon. My backup race was supposed to be Chicago, but the Chicago Marathon announced on Monday that it only has 5000 entries remaining. That means that there is NO WAY that Chicago will stay open until April 20 when the NYC Marathon lottery is announced. Marine Corps has already closed.
Is this just a giant cash grab? That's what it feels like to me. Marine Corps used to not open registration until May, after the fall marathon training program (at least in Baltimore) started. If the MCM had opened in February in 2006, I wouldn't have been able to run it because it would have closed before I had even decided that I wanted to run a marathon in the first place. Why are these marathons opening for registration so early when they KNOW that they will fill up so quickly? Why not wait until late spring??? My thought is that they want people to register because they're worried they won't get in, and then people will drop out and the marathons can take their money.
These same marathons don't allow deferrals. If I sign up for Chicago today and then get into NYC, that entry fee money (a whopping $145) is GONE. MCM does allow transfers to another runner, but charges a $30 fee for the service. At least that's something.
I'm just disgusted with the whole thing. I probably won't get into NYC, but I might, and I refuse to make a $150 gamble that I won't get in. My next thought was Twin Cities, because I have friends running that race this year, and because I like Minneapolis. However, they have a 6 hour time limit, and while I can complete a marathon in under 6 hours, my PR is only 5:52, and I do run the risk of getting swept. Last year's slowest runner at Twin Cities finished in 6:13, and I've completed 3 marathons slower than that.
So, I have some thinking to do about the whole marathon thing. Any suggestions of races? I prefer them to be either Central or Eastern time zone, either within a 4-6 hour drive of Baltimore or a direct flight from BWI. Early October to early November is preferable. 6:30 time limit or more. Or, should I just go for it on Twin Cities, since my goal is 5:30-5:45 and that is within the time limit?