The Maine Marathon and half are tomorrow and I know quite a few people (either in real life or through bloggyland) who are running either their first full or half. I'm very excited for them and they all will cross the finish line with flying colors. Good luck Heather, Jen, Shannen, and ltlindian! You're going to kill it!
It is in my running plan to run the full Maine Marathon next year. One year from tomorrow, I will be fulfilling a dream I've had since high school. But prior to that, I want to get one or two half marathons in.
And I have decided what my first half will be!
Last year was the inaugural Race the Runways and my first ever 5K.
|Wow! My legs are so much skinnier now!|
It also works out as far as training goes. I really like the Furman's RLRF training plan and just completed the 5K program. The half marathon plan is 18 weeks long, which means I'll need to start training in just over two months. This gives me enough time to do the last half of the 10K program to get distances up to eight miles in (I've gone as far as seven so far) to be better prepared to start the half plan. Perfect!
I think the most difficult part is going to be training for such a distance over the Maine winter. When I started running it was the latter part of the winter and three miles were my max. There is just enough sidewalk near my house to run short distances, but anything over three I have to take to the road (unless I want to repeat the same 1.5 miles). I have a feeling I'll be visiting the Wiscasset Community Center to use a treadmill often when the snow flies. Unless anyone wants to make a donation. :-P
Yay! I am so excited!