In the past few weeks there’s been a flurry of fall marathon planning with lotteries being announced, race registrations opening and training plans starting soon!
As I’ve mentioned I’ve joined a charity team to run the 2014 New York City Marathon, but I have to admit I’m considering adding another full marathon to my fall race calendar.
When it comes to races I like to think more in terms of quality over quantity. I try to choose races for a specific purpose – either it’s a race on my “to-do” list (NYCM!), has a special meaning (W&D is the anniversary of my first race ever!) or I’m specifically training for a PR attempt.
After coming within a few minutes of my full marathon PR at the WDW Marathon in January (while stopping for for about 15 pictures and it being day 4 of the Dopey Challenge), I really would like to try to train for a marathon PR this fall.
That being said, I don’t think the New York City Marathon is the place for it. New York is a tough race, can be crowded and, as what will most likely be a once in a lifetime race, I really want to take the time to enjoy it and stop to see friends and family that will be spectating without feeling the pressure of a time goal.
So, I’m considering a second fall marathon.
More specifically the Hartford Marathon on October 11th.
The nice thing about this race is that it falls into both my PR attempt and “to-do” list categories and it’s perfectly spaced out 3 weeks before New York so I’ll run the PR attempt race first and then have 3 weeks for recovery.
I’ve written about it before, but I used to work in Hartford at the building where the expo is held, and I remember thinking how crazy it was that all these people actually paid to run 26.2 miles! Well, now that I’ve joined the “crazies” I sort of feel like doing this race is almost like coming full circle (I actually volunteered last year and had a great time!).
I haven’t registered yet, but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to…