In just 20 short days I will be running marathon #11 on the coast of North Carolina. Will I be ready? I hope to be.
I planned on using a marathon at this time of year to really push toward a Boston Qualifying time. This may be my chance, and then again it may not. Coming off my marathon in Hilton Head a few weeks ago, where the focus was not on Boston, I have been getting in a few really good training runs. The biggest problem I’m having, and it really started at the beginning of the year, is really tight hamstrings. Honestly, I think I’ve probably injured them a bit. They tend to loosen up a good bit during a run, but they just feel stretched and strained. I just am not sure that I will be able to pull off the speed it will take me to get that BQ, not feeling 110%.
Regardless of pace, I plan on giving it my best shot. I have not run this race before, so this is a first time event for me. Plenty of great comments abound about previous years, so it should be a great time. Originally, I planned on participating in the Asheville Marathon, but due to family obligations I had to bow out of that race. Wrightsville Beach worked out as a perfect replacement.
So, the training plan leading up to the race. Nurse my hamstrings for sure. Stretch and roll, and often. This past week was the first week I gotten in five runs in a weeks time since December. For that, I am hopeful. The weather seems to be cooperating, as temperatures have been on the milder side for a week, so that really helped my attitude, in getting me out on the road more often. I plan on getting in about 20-25 miles both this week and next. Starting on March 8th, I am taking the week off completely, so that my legs, feet and hamstrings will be as fresh as possible for race day. That also coincides with a planned vacation, and wow, am I really looking forward to that! Upon my return, I will have one overnight at home and then head to the beach.
Ah, the beach…..what a glorious sight that will be. I know, it’s only been two weeks since I was at another beach, but I am already looking forward to it again. You can bet that I will be dipping my post marathon feet in the surf immediately following the post race festivities.
Wrightsville Beach will be my third marathon of the year. All at the coast. The last two in South Carolina, this one in North Carolina. It’s actually kind of odd that on race day, there are three Marathons in North Carolina alone. A busy marathon day around the country, but equally as busy just in my home state. The Asheville Marathon in the mountains, which I ran last year. The Tobacco Road Marathon here in central NC, which I ran two years ago, and Wrightsville Beach Marathon at the coast. I guess locals can pick and choose. I think it would actually benefit these three races in NC if they weren’t held on the same exact day. Marathon Maniacs, and wanna be maniacs would flock to NC for easy chances to qualify. In my opinion, at least one of these races should change to a Saturday from a Sunday, allowing for that elusive double marathon. Two marathons in one weekend. Maybe start in the mountains on Saturday, and end at the beach on Sunday. That would be great!
Well, with less that three weeks to go, I am hopeful. My plan is in place, and I will execute it the best way I know how. Enough rambling, time to lace up and hit the road.