Last week, my office ex-hubby and I were recapping my marathon and discussing what's next. Prior to Fargo, I had come to terms with the fact that with starting grad school in the fall while still working full time, I was going to have to scale back the running. I thought I'd see how the first semester goes and maybe maybe be able to train for the Green Bay Marathon in the spring if I could balance my life. However, in our conversation, I confessed that I was so bummed in my race in Fargo, that I'd run a race this weekend if my body would allow it (don't worry, I won't/didn't).
Well of course, Tom, being the enabler starts spouting off fall races. While I'd love to run Twin Cities Marathon, there is just too good of a chance for hot and humid weather the beginning of October. And then he mentioned Mankato Marathon.
Time for a good ol' Jeri crafted Pros and Cons list!
- The race is in late October. High probability of cool (or even COLD and snowy) weather. Perfect-o!
- It's far enough after the Sioux Falls half, which was originally my goal race for the fall.
- It's cheap.
- I wouldn't have to train through the whole summer (only about half of it).
- It's semi-close to home. Meaning I could convince my parents and Kyle to come. (sidenote: while almost in tears at mile 24 of Fargo, I vowed to NEVER run another marathon without massive support on the course. Hah.... drama queen).
- It's far enough out that I can heal, recovery, and repair whatever is wrong with me so it doesn't happen the next go around.
- Without a solid marathon time, Danielle will SURELY beat me in our challenge! ;)
- I will be working at least 40 hours a week. Attending classes 6 hours a week. Studying an unknown amount of hours a week, and training for a marathon takes 7-8 1/2 hours of just running a week (not including stretching, long run prep, ice baths, post long run naps). Oh and that Kyle guy..... I'd like to see him more than 12 minutes a day.
- Less flexibility in my racing schedule. I would probably only be able to run the Sioux Falls half in the fall while doing marathon training.
- I will have to train in July and August. As in, even if I wake up at 4am it's still 85+ degrees and 100% humidity. :/
- Long runs and long run recovery will surely cut in to my Wild Water West time. This could be catastrophic.
And can we talk for a minute about how sweet my running friends are? When I was originally throwing this idea around, I had asked Danielle to send me a copy of the 12/55 Pfitz training program, because that's what I was toying around with doing. Imagine my surprise when I get a package from Amazon with the whole g.d. book. Looooooooooooooove you kitten. :)
And now on to some horrendous Fargo Marathon race photos. I was really bummed. If you remember, my C goal was to take good race photos if all else went to poo poo. Well there were very few pictures, and they kind of all sucked. No money from me this time folks!
Kyle's comment: This must be early in the race. You don't look like you're going to kill someone.
What's that? Someone took away my birthday??
Finish line photo. Of course they didn't capture the arms in the air exuberance of finishing. Instead they got me stopping my watch. Also the left foot kick out.... might you be the stem of my knee hip problems??