Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Contingency Plan

Chicago Marathon 2013_Brick Wall with Yellow Paint

After six months to chew on it, I am feeling ready to commit to running a marathon this year.  I tend to be slow when making big decisions, and running a marathon is HUGE DECISION for me!  Marathon training won’t start officially until May, when I begin my five-month training plan.  Before May, I have a half-marathon in the beginning of March and some in-between time to get some solid, regular running done without the stress or intensity of long runs.  Between March and May, my training plan says I should be comfortable running 30 minutes four times a week.  I’m feeling a bit funny about the “four times a week” part because I tend to fall into a pattern of three runs per week with lots of cross-training in the form of biking.  So I don’t know: does it REALLY matter if I run three or four times a week if I’m doing some complementary cardio?  What do you think?

I am also a bit worried about getting into the Chicago Marathon.  Does it ever sell out?  I don’t know, and I’m feeling too lazy to Google it, so I’m just making a contingency plan.  In the event that I don’t get into Chicago when it opens on February 19, I am going to run the hometown marathon here in College Station on December 8.  I’m happy with either plan, though of course I really want to make it to Chicago to meet some of you for marathon weekend!  But Plan B has some benefits too: it’s local (and thus way less expensive) and the timing means that I would be doing my longest runs during slightly cooler weather.  So we’ll see what happens.  I will keep you posted!

Until then, it’s full speed ahead with half-marathon boot camp in which I attempt to go from 6-mile long runs to a strong half-marathon performance in two months.  Yeehaw!


  1. Just fyi, Chicago always sells out. I would try to register for it on the day that registration opens if I were you. I have pretty much decided that as much as I want to run Chicago next year I can't afford it and a trip to Puerto Rico for a conference in the same month either in terms of time or money. I'm pretty bummed about it, because I really want to meet you and to see my friends who will be running it.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I'm bummed to hear that you won't be able to run Chicago. I think that means that none of my blog friends are going to be able to make it, which kind of defeats the point of the travel for me. I don't know--maybe I should think about running Detroit instead since my friend JD and my family are in Detroit. Hmm. We'll see :-)