Of course, I am not starting from scratch here. I do have a pretty good base of marathon training from the fall, winter, and early spring marathons and the 50K. But the question is how to train for a marathon when I had already stopped marathon training?
The Instant Classic was on March 17, and then I ran a trail 25K the next weekend (March 24). For about 3 weeks, I didn't really do anything long, then last weekend (on April 14), I ran 12 miles at a 7:58 pace. It felt nice to push it, and it was a hot day, so I felt especially pleased with the time.
But that was before I knew about the marathon! We were still deciding about the marathon this Saturday morning, but I went out for a good 15 mile run just to make sure I had increased my long run enough to be able to do 18-20 miles this coming Saturday. I was able to get a 7:32 average, super fast for me and a nice combination of a marathon-pace run and a long run. It gave me some confidence that I can train for this marathon and be ready come June.
Now, for the real confession. I don't want to just run this marathon. This marathon might be the last one I do for awhile. I have always said that I don't put marathoning before my family, but I was wrong. I have put marathoning above my desire to have a third baby. I have let marathoning become so important to me that I can't "find a good time" to let my body carry and nurse another baby. I have been selfish, and I am ashamed.
This race may be it. We are talking about the third baby in more real terms than ever before. So, I will give Marathon #26 everything I've got. Will it be a 3:10? Rick says there's too much elevation change, and, with part of the course run on loose gravel, it's not a good course to get a PR. There's the lack of training to think about and the fact that this race was an afterthought, a quick addendum to an already good season. Plus, it's in June, for goodness' sake.
Yet if there's something that can be said about me, let it be that I never throw an opportunity away. I know that the odds are stacked high against me. I know this whole thing might not make any sense or even seem downright foolish. But it's all I've got, and I'm going for it.