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I'm marathon training again!

NCAthlete

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I’m marathon training!

Wow! I can’t believe I’m already talking about the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Marathon again! It has turned into one of my favorite races because I get to hang out with a bunch of you lovely folks! For the past two years, I’ve run the 13.1 at Rehoboth and thought I’d change it up this time! Most everyone usually runs the halfso that they can get plenty of drinking in after they finish, but I’ve had my fair share of that! Plus, I love the course and want to see what the full one looks like!

Oh, you want to see the course profile? Check this baby out!

RB profile

For this five year (!) Colorado transplant, this is fucking beautiful! It barely blips above sea-level! Hell, I’m even shooting for a PR! My current PR is from the VA Beach Shamrock Marathon (LOVE) which is 3:53:08. I will be ecstatic if I even get 3:53:07 because that PR was set in 2012, which shortly followed the most badass running year I’ve ever had (2011). However, I’m hoping to crush it a bit. That PR was set without proper training – proper meaning following through with a whole training plan.

I have never EVER followed a training plan all the way through and I really hope to do that this time. I realize I also have an ENORMOUS, very different, very important goal (Denali, duh) that I’m training for, but I will never stop running or wanting to race.

Training Plan

I’m only running three days a week! I’m going for the less-is-more strategy and I think it’s the best strategy for me.

  • Tuesday – will alternate each week between a track workout or hill repeats
  • Thursday – TEMPO!
  • Saturday – Long run
  • Sunday – REST

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be cross-training days and I’ll be taking advantage of the amazing new wellness center that was built on campus! It is three stories and includes: a lap pool, 45′ climbing wall and bouldering wall, three class studios (classes included in membership), nap rooms, outdoor equipment rental (even paddleboards!), a bike repair shop, lots of showers (with GREAT and even adjustable water pressure), and is a short walk from my office! AHHHH! AND since I was going to the school when they decided to start building the center, and I was paying student fees for a gym that I never activated, I have a retroactive membership that’s paid for until March 2020!! Hell to tha yeah!

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This week was my first week of training but I’ll report on that on Monday (since I’m not done yet!). I actually have a halfmarathon on Saturday! YAY! It’s one of my local favorites: Georgetown to Idaho Springs AND I’m running it with my bud Kelli AND it’s her 30th birthday! Let the 30th birthday party shenanigans begin! I’ll have a race report, as always! It should be a fun one!

GTIS

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Chris

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1 hour ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

Cannot wait to see that PR go down in Rehoboth!! Training for Denali seems like it should only help you with marathon training - both mentally and physically. 

Thanks!! I just have to find a good balance of needing to do hikes with a ton of weight (they told us we need to be able to carry/pull 100 lbs over a long distance!) and not getting too sore for my long runs.

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Nap rooms?!?! That sounds amazing!!

I'm so excited that you're doing the full this year! IMO, the first half of the full course is like 1000% prettier than the half course, and is the main reason that I keep doing the full! There's a kinda-long out-and-back stretch along the main road which is meh, but the sections on boardwalks through the wetlands make it so worth it! 

Four months to go!! 

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1 hour ago, Gonzo Runner said:

Just to be clear, you ARE still gonna drink beer after the marathon, right?

Duh! I'll be up until the wee hours of the night that night! I'd much rather space out my drinking throughout the whole day/night. HAHA

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1 hour ago, NCAthlete said:

Duh! I'll be up until the wee hours of the night that night! I'd much rather space out my drinking throughout the whole day/night. HAHA

Whew, I was worried the time at altitude had gotten to you. 

One of these days I gotta make it to Rehoboth...

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25 minutes ago, Gonzo Runner said:

Whew, I was worried the time at altitude had gotten to you. 

One of these days I gotta make it to Rehoboth...

No time like the present! 2018 baby! I likely won't make it next year since I've got a big mountain to climb and lots of time to take off to do it...

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It will be fun to follow your journey. It sure looks all dialed in. Best of luck on the PR!

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My Rehoboth was a bust, but that wasn't the course's fault. Sad I'm going to miss you all this year (probably).

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