Fall Marathon(s)

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…

What do you think? Would you run 2 marathons 3 weeks apart?

Do you have any specific criteria when choosing races?

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13 thoughts on “Fall Marathon(s)

  1. This is not alot different than the Dopey Challenge, but did you sign up for marathon weekend too? It sounds like you have already registered for Hartford in your mind! Is it a flat course? If not, you could consider the Baystate Marathon on Oct. 20th, although they would not give you much time to recover for NY. With great training I think it is manageable, but I would plan the NYC marathon to be super slow, taking photos etc.

    • Haha yes, I registered for Goofy so I know it’s definitely taking on a lot in a short amount of time!

      Hartford is fairly flat with a few hills (which I honestly don’t really mind) and the other nice thing about it that I forgot to mention is that it’s only about 25 minutes from my moms house, so no hotels, travel costs, etc.!

  2. I need a fall race too now that Boston is over. I am perusing at the moment. Let me know what you finally land on, maybe you can make my decision for me 🙂

    • If I do add another one it’ll definitely be Hartford! Check out their website, but from my experience working the expo and volunteering it’s a really well run event and I’ve heard nothing but great things from friends who have run it! If you’re interested let me know, I’d be happy to recommend hotels, restaurants, etc. since I know the area so well!

  3. I have a lot of friends who have run Hartford and enjoyed it. That said, if you decide not to do it you can definitely PR in NYC. I’ve PR’d there twice, and probably every single marathoner on my running team has PR’d there too. No, it’s not pancake flat, but if you’re well-trained, you can do it. Plus, it’s only crowded in the first few miles when you really need to hold back anyway. But if you want NYC to be a victory lap, why not? I’ve never run 2 marathons 3 weeks apart, but I’ve thought about it!

    • Haha, I guess it’s not so much that I don’t think I CAN PR in NY, I think it’s more that I don’t want the pressure of trying to PR at that race, I really want to take it in and stop and see friends and family without worrying about my time!

  4. You did Dopey, and as you said, almost PR’d. I think 3 weeks would be enough to recover since you’ve done marathons before, and you can enjoy NYC.

  5. Ummm, I can’t even imagine doing 2 marathons period, let alone in 3 weeks of each other, but I know you can do it! Coming so close to a PR during WDW marathon weekend is insane, so you easily got a PR in a “regular” race. And you were talking about the Hartford Marathon after volunteering last year, so go for it!

  6. I say if you can run the Dopey and almost PR, then it’s more than doable for you! Running the Hartford Half Marathon was a lot of fun, and there were so many spectators and lots of finish-line excitement for the marathoners. Sounds like a perfect addition to your fall race calendar. Go for it! 😀

  7. I’m with you on selecting races for a good reason and while I don’t think I’ve ever thought about the criteria in quite the same way, I tend to agree with your logic.

    As for the marathons, I think you could handle both, but the second may be tough. Remember how tired we were after Dopey?? 🙂

  8. I think doing 2 marathons within 3 weeks is do-able. NYC might be tough, but you’ll be trained and if you’re going into it with the idea to enjoy the race, why not?

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