Fitness · Just my Thoughts

Is There a Marathon in My Future?

I was sitting having dinner with a good friend on Thursday evening.  Dinner was delicious – couscous, green pepper, onion, tilapia all together with a citrus vinaigrette.  We each had a glass of cold chardonnay.  It had been a long, hot day and it was nice to have adult conversation with dinner.

My friend, in the middle of our meal, looked over at me and asked if I had considered running the Wineglass Marathon this October.  I nearly dropped my fork.  While I may not have portrayed true panic on the outside, I think my stomach actually tied itself in knots right then.  My verbal response was no.  My ultimate goal, when I set the goal to run a race a month for this year, was to run most of these same races again next year and then run Wineglass next October, a month after turning 50.

For those of you who may be visiting for a first time, let me say I never ran early on in my life.  I became a runner in 2007, starting Labor Day that year.  I never called myself a runner until this year.  I never ran a race until December of 2009.  Since that 5K in December in Seneca Falls, I have run 2 half marathons (Celebrate Life and the Skunk Cabbage), 2 additional 5Ks, a 10 miler (the Mountain Goat in Syracuse), the Vestal XX (the oldest road race in my home county of Broome, NY – 20K), and the Boilermaker 15K.

So, Friday morning came around and I slept in, as I had a few days earlier in the week.  I had said I was going to do 5K Fridays.  I had to get up and run – before the heat and humidity was ugly.  I did, eventually.  As I ran, I thought.  Could I pick up my training?  I am already running between 25 and 35 miles a week.  Would I be able to find a reasonable marathon training program that would fit into the life of a single mom and into where I currently am?

After getting back from the 5K run, I showered and ate.  More thoughts through my mind.  More questions forming.  As I was having a bagel, I popped open my laptop.  I went to the same site I had gotten my half marathon training program from and looked at marathon training programs.  Novice ones were hardly any miles at all.  They scared me – not enough real long runs in them.  I looked at the two intermediate programs.  I counted the weeks until Wineglass.  It is doable.

I, then, looked at a few more programs.  I decided I need a hybrid one.  I have not done any cross training to date.  I have not done any speed work to date.  I am going to make a program that will incorporate most of the training program I found that I liked with some speed work, as there is none in it.

Today, I rearranged my life and registered for a September race other than the Dogfish Dash.  I can go to Dogfish next year.  I can’t be driving to Delaware, to a race sponsored by a brewery, the week before my first marathon.  I had already registered for a half marathon in August which happens to fall on a week in training where 13 miles is the long run.  Things are falling into place.  I do not have the money to officially register for Wineglass until next week but …

…I am going to run the Wineglass Marathon this October 3rd.

8 thoughts on “Is There a Marathon in My Future?

  1. AHH congrats!! That is very exciting news! I am not ready for a marathon as of yet (need to conquer the half first!) but if I were the wine glass would be right up my alley! Hello, the name alone sells me! Best of luck in your training 😀

    1. Katie – I was a bit anxious with my first half but now they are old hand to me. I ran one in March and then a second in April. The one next month will be my third. You will be up to a half soon enough.

  2. Hi Nicki,
    I am so excited for you! I think it is wonderful that you are running in your first marathon this fall. Your marathon falls on the same day as mine is….if my doctor clears me to run. Good luck to you! I will enjoy reading about your training and progress:)

    1. Julie – Thanks so much for coming by my blog. I do hope your doctor clears you to run. I know that is always tough when an injury comes between any runner and the road.

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