A few weeks ago, I asked you all for assistance in helping me decide what to do to commemorate my 30th birthday this November. You were almost evenly split in your choices of the Cyprus half marathon and the Florence marathon.
Well, I’ve finally had a look around at airline ticket prices and, sadly, Cyprus is a no-go. Way too expensive and that’s not even including accommodation. So, my choice is now clear: Florence or bust.
I’m giving myself a few days after my half marathon on August 31st to make my final decision. If my body feels like utter poo, then I won’t run Florence. If I don’t feel half bad, then I will commence marathon training.
If I don’t run Florence, all is not lost. There are still plenty of affordable travel options in order to have a leisurely non-running birthday celebration. Z is keen on Spain. In her strange little mind, she wants us to re-enact the running of the bulls (with me as the runner and her and Ellen as the bulls) and the La Tomatina festival (where they would both get to pelt me with tomatoes and then hose me down afterwards in front of the entire town). My sister, she’s such a kind soul.
Pretty much all our non-running travel options (Spain, Corsica, Sicily, Malta and northern Italy) are real possibilities. As Z, Ellen and I are all kind of busy at the moment, no decision needs to be made right now—we can wait until September when our lives approach some form of normalcy. Till then, I encourage you all to let me know what you think in the comments.
But back to the Florence marathon ... this would obviously be my first marathon and it would take place just three months after my first half marathon (9 days and counting!!!). Crazy? Yeah, pretty much. I, of course, will check my ego at the door and not have any specific goals other than finishing, though having said that a sub-5 hour time would be nice.
My problem is I lack a training schedule. I should probably get one together now in case things look favorable after the half marathon since 12 weeks isn’t a whole lot of time to prepare.
Because of my weird schedule for the fall, I don’t want a plan that has me running five days a week. Preferably just three, with the option of an easy and fairly short fourth run so my friend and I can run together in Rome at least once a week and not leave me feeling like I’m sacrificing my training schedule to run with her. Surprisingly, there are people in the world who are slower runners than I am and she’s one of them. Not that that’s bad, I’m just saying.
In a perfect world, the schedule would also include a 22-mile run. I’m not an overly confident person and I’m worried that a 20-miler won’t leave me feeling mentally prepared to tackle the marathon distance. I don’t know. What do you all think? Can anyone recommend a good training schedule? How about just a reasonable series of long runs?
Okay, I need to get back to packing now. My mom and I are heading to the midwest tomorrow. It’s time to visit with the American half of the family and spend some quality time with my grandma.
Hope you all have a great weekend.