Two weeks from right now I will be running the Wrightsville Beach Marathon down at the coast. I’ve been there a few times before, back when the kids were young to touch our toes to the sand and play in the surf. This time is a whole different ball of wax. 26.2 miles all over this pretty coastal town In Wilmington, NC.
Recovery from the Hilton Head Marathon three weeks ago has been a tough go. I was much more sore after this race than in previous marathons. I don’t really know why. Well, I guess I do. More than likely because I have already run two marathons this year. As I head toward one marathon a month for the first five months of 2014, next on the list is back to the beach. I have been able, over the past ten days, to really start getting into a groove again with my running, and pacing. Several shorter runs have been progressively successful. The pace is building back, and the legs are feeling stronger with each run.
It’s no small feat to run a marathon, so I am trying to keep the miles going, but not overdo it. So, as I look to the final two weeks leading up to this race I have a week of work, then a week of vacation. I can do it! I will make it. This week I prepare more physically, and the following week more mentally. If the body holds up, I plan on trying to get a Boston Qualifying time at this race. It’s flat, it’s fast. I’m going to go for it!
Look out Wrightsville Beach, here I come!