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Thursday, November 10, 2011

So, Now What?

As tempting as it (surprisingly) is to go straight into training for another marathon, I am pretty adamant about the policy that I have of only doing a marathon every other year. I think it gives me time to rest up and do other things with my life, so it's for the best.

I do not, however, have any policies about half marathons. I try not to run too many races, though, because I think that the more races you run, the more prone you are to injury. So, I try to only do 2-3 half marathons per year.

In 2012, I'm already signed up for both the Walt Disney World Marathon Relay (2 person, so a half marathon) in January and the Ocean City (Maryland) Half Marathon on April 29. I'm planning to run a half marathon in the fall as well.

The dilemma is that my high school friends are getting together to run the Rock & Roll USA Marathon/Half Marathon in DC on March 17. The group that is running is mostly members of my high school's cross country team, and I feel flattered that they've invited me to run with them. I was not on the cross country team in high school - far from it. (side note: I gave some thought to posting a high school picture of myself here, but I chickened out)

So, should I run the race? It's 10 weeks after Disney and 6 weeks before Ocean City, so they are spaced out enough, but something just makes me nervous about doing 3 half marathons in 4 months -- even though I know people do it all the time. There's also the cost factor. I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 15K in December without realizing that I probably will need to book a hotel room. We're obviously spending money to go to Florida for Disney, and I'll probably need a hotel room for Rock & Roll USA.

I admit, if it weren't for my friends running it, I wouldn't even be considering this race. I am not a huge fan of the Rock & Rolls because they're just so big. For half marathons especially, I love a smaller, low key event and after running both the largest half marathon in the US and the largest full marathon in the US in the same year, I can use a little "low key." My friends are all faster than me, so running the race slowly with my friends isn't really an option.

Anyway, there's an 11-11-11 coupon for the Rock & Roll races, so I feel like I need to make a decision. What to do, what to do.

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Kitzzy said...

I'd say go for it, but I love racing and don't have any such rules :) I find that the run/walk method keeps me pretty injury free, but I am also very conservative in my goals for racing -- I always try to do my best but when I go for a PR is just a little bit further (except for this marathon; I'm going all in with this one)

I'll be volunteering at the Disney Marathon expo and finish line this year, and I'd love to meet you in person for dinner or something if you have time while you are here.

K80K said...

I have done 3 or 4 in one month and come out I jury free. If you are properly trained going in and have a good balance of recovery training between the races you will do just fine.

Unknown said...

Think it through Kim... If it's the same course as the National... I'd think it through A LOT... That was NOT an easy course... just saying.. Of course... I'm running another marathon in February and a half in May... so maybe I'm not exactly the right person here... hee, hee...

One Little Jill said...

Congrats on a great race Kim! Being a slower runner myself, I really believe that it takes a lot of heart to run that long- obviously, I am going to find out for myself very soon!

Black Knight said...

I think you can do it, you have plenty of time to recover after Disney and before Ocean City. Moreover, if all your friends are faster, take it easy so you can push more in the other 2.
I know that you will made the right decision. Good luck.

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