Fox Cities Marathon
This is a super cool race because the course runs through seven towns/cities near where I live. It's pretty much flat, and is run mostly through neighborhoods, parks, and tiny downtown areas. It's known for the enthusiasm of the volunteers and spectators (of which I was one last year).
|Spectating glory, FCM 2011|
It has a half marathon that starts at the same time, and the two events together draw about 4,500 participants, so it's a great mid-sized race. It also is the storied location where Rachel lost her marathon virginity... and I can't wait to follow in her
slutty running footsteps.
My training has been.... ok. Pretty good. I've never been able to consistently run as long as I have (about 8 months and counting...) without injury, and my running has improved quite a bit. This year, I've taken four minutes off of my half marathon PR, and more than 30 seconds of my 5k time, and I've been itching to race again.
That said, I have missed a few mid-week runs (and my long run this weekend, whoops), and I'm deep in the taper-doubt I know a lot of you are familiar with.
Here's my training for the last 10 weeks:
For a lot of runners, my mileage is low, but for me it's really good. Until this year I never ran more than 20 miles in a week as I was always injured, and I'm so grateful for this higher mileage weeks. Over the past two months, I've had fairly consistent mileage and gotten in two 20s and an 18, and they all went really well.
So, that was my pep talk for myself. Brace yourself for the onslaught of doubt and panic that will surely invade your computer screen over the next 240 hours... and also get ready for the best idea for a race sign. Ever.
Lay it on me: advice for a first time marathoner. I want to hear it all.