It never ceases to amaze me what a wonderfully supportive community there is out there. I was disappointed with my race, but you guys all made me feel GREAT! Seriously GREAT! Based on the comments, you'd practically think I won the Chicago Marathon. Just being able to participate and finish the race is a major "win"!
Ok, so I'm "thinking" about a "rebound/redemption" marathon.......I know, probably about as good of an idea as that rebound boyfriend....but here's the deal. I am signed up for the Richmond Half Marathon in 5 weeks. Even before Chicago, I was considering switching to the full because I'm already trained. It's really hard to get to this point. It's much easier to maintain marathon fitness than it is to build up to it. The race is 5 weeks away, so I have some legitimate time to recover from Chicago, but also enough time to hit some good training. I really would just need to do one more long run of about 20-22 miles in a couple weeks, then I could taper again and be ready for race day.
What do you guys think?? Honest opinions please? I'm seriously open. If I did it what are your thoughts on the next 5 weeks? I was thinking 8 miles this weekend, 20-22 next weekend, then 12, 10, race day. I was also thinking 5 miles this weekend (maximize recovery), 14 next weekend, then 20-22, 10, race day. I'm not sure if I should ease in more for recovery purposes and not taper as long, or just assume last week was just a typical long run and keep going on a normal training cycle.
Lastly, this old gal turns 40 next April! That's right folks freaking 40! I can't believe it. My goal is to be in the best shape of my life when I turn 40. I have just under 6 months....about 24 weeks....so Operation 40 will start soon. I'm not exactly sure what Operation 40 looks like just yet, but I know I want to lose 15 to 20 pounds, run faster, and be stronger. Any advice for how to accomplish this would be more than welcome!!
Thanks for reading my nonsense.
Please help me :)
And literally minutes after I posted this post, MissZippy posted the following.....mind readers out there :)
The "Why it's not the best idea to run marathons close together"
The "If you are going to do it anyway, here's the suggested way to train"