I realized last week that I am running three marathons in the next 8 weeks. I mean, I’ve known that I was running these three for a few weeks now, but I never sat down and thought about running THREE. It both excites and frightens me. I’ve run back-to-back-to-back marathons (+) once before – three years ago – when I was training for my first ultra and really enjoyed the experience.
But, I am not racing all three marathons – there’s no way I could do this physically nor would it be smart to try to ask that much of my body. Below outlines the timing and purpose of each:
– NYC Marathon – Nov 2 (12 days): I mentioned on social media already that I am running the NYC Marathon for a 3rd time this year. This was a late addition to my calendar – but a no brainer and honestly, trumps my own goal race two weeks later. I am honored for the opportunity to guide my good friend, John, for the race. John is participating in the Foot Locker 5 Borough Challenge and is representing Staten Island – just like I did three years ago. (Side Note: If you have the chance to apply for the FL5BC next year, don’t hesitate – it was the most amazing experience of my running career.) And I get the opportunity to experience it all again this year – but only better because I’ll be guiding John!
I met John about 18 months ago at a local running event on Staten Island and have since became good friends – he is one of the nicest, most supportive people I have met and I’m thankful to have a friend like him. I had mentioned to him several times that I would love to guide him for a marathon one day. Well, November 2nd will be that day!
A little bit about John from the FL5BC website:
John, who has lived in Staten Island since he was a baby, was diagnosed with congenital nystagmus as a young child and wasn’t able to participate in high school sports like football or baseball because of his deteriorating eysight. So he chose to run, and by his mid-20s, he was legally blind. In 2002, John was also diagnosed with lupus. Doctors suggested he stop running, however John was more determined than ever “to beat the pain, the ache, and take control of my life, and not let lupus take control of me.” John says that running has saved him by giving him a sense of belonging and inner strength. The TCS New York City Marathon will be his 13th race.
John and I met up on Sunday to go for a recovery run (for me) and practice what he needs me to do on race day.
Note: I will be using the NYC Marathon as a long (very long!) training run.
– Potomac River Run Marathon – Nov 16 (26 days): This is my goal race this fall. I do not have any specific time goals yet – my coach and I will determine the range I will be shooting for after the next couple of weeks of training. This training cycle has been the most enjoyable but also the most intense with the highest mileage I’ve ever run and I’m excited and anxious to see how it all pans out on race day.
– Honolulu Marathon – Dec 14 (54 days): As of right now, the plan is for me to run with and support my younger sister, Nicole, as she runs her first marathon. Regardless of how the logistics of the race go down, I will be in Hawaii for about 5-6 days. Vacation, relaxation, the beach and supporting my sister with her first marathon -> perfect way to end the 2014 racing season!
What’s the most number of marathons you have run in a “racing season”?