Let’s get this party started

Happy new year, everyone!  Today marks one month since my last marathon, which means one month of easy, unscheduled runs. I promised myself after CIM that I would use this month to run when I felt like it, run as far as I wanted, and run as easy as I wanted. I also promised myself that I’d take the full month to really determine what I wanted to do race wise for 2013.

IMG 2097 224x300 Lets get this party started

I’ll be using my CIM base as a starting point for Lower Potomac

The first two weeks I didn’t even give the coming year’s race schedule a thought. Then I started mulling options over, but even then, didn’t allow myself to pull any triggers. It really wasn’t until the final week of the year that I started weighing what I really wanted from my year. After lots of consideration, I’ve decided to go for a March marathon, the Lower Potomac River Marathon, right here in Maryland, to be exact. What’s that? You’ve never heard of this one? You and the rest of the world–it’s small, almost miniscule. Two hundred runners small, to be exact, but it gets good reviews.

I know this isn’t most people’s cup of tea. I had the option of the DC Rock-n-Roll Marathon one week later, but given a choice of big vs. small, I’ll go small any day. My first marathon, one of my all-time favorites, was the NCR Trail marathon north of Baltimore with only 300 people. I tend to be an associative runner, rather than someone who likes to disassociate with bells and whistles, so I think I’ll be just fine with this one. I chose it for the timing also–March 10–which hopefully won’t have too good a chance of being hot yet in these parts.

Doing a marathon so close to my last one is something entirely new to me. But that’s another reason for choosing this one. I think I can pretty much launch right into marathon training, using my base from December’s marathon as a starting point. Another new thing for me is that I’ll have Coach Jeff Gaudette guiding my training. I’m excited to see what we can put together.

All of this feels right and good, and I’m ready to move forward.

Who else is spring marathoning? Ever run a marathon this small? 

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  1. I’ve got a couple winter/spring fun runs, half and full, and focusing my efforts on a full pr in Eugene, then my first ultra attempt in June.

    Happy new year!
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  2. A small marathon would be quite nice, I imagine. No hoards to run through at the start. No jostling for position at the water tables. No running out of water. A friendlier crowd. I’ve done a pretty small half marathon and I loved it.
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  3. 200 people sounds like a dream race! I like smaller races without the bells and whistles are my thing too. Good luck! Can’t wait to see what you and your new coach do.
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  4. I’m planning a lot this whole year as I’m turning 50 on 31 July :) I’m in summer with a half beginning of Feb and a 108km stage race (trail) at end of Feb. Have a super 2013!
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  5. according to PAVEMENT RUNNER Im racing this year too:-)
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  6. That marathon sounds awesome for you! And, having a (really good) coach help guide your training sounds great, too!
    I ran one spring marathon a few years ago. It wasn’t ideal with all the winter running I had to do, but I think it made me fairly strong.
    Good luck with your training, and happy new year!
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  7. Small marathons are the best – excellent choice!
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  8. Our running season doesn’t really start until May but I’m contemplating running the hypothermic half at the end of February. Not for time, but for fun. As much as I want to run every race strong, I need to remember that running is fun and that if it’s not fun, I won’t want to do it.

    I actually prefer bigger races because I’m still self-conscious about my (lack of) speed and bigger races put me in the middle of the pack :)
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  9. Nice! What year did you run the NCR trail marathon? I ran it in 2009! I absolutely loved it. Also, wait, aren’t you running Boston? I was hoping I’d be able to see ya.
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  10. that Marathon sounds like your perfect fit :-)
    Happy New Year and best of luck with your training- I can’t wait to follow along!
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  11. Coming from somebody who is basically doing the same running-wise, enjoy the runcation! The races will come together, plus I’ve read and like a lot of Gaudette’s stuff. Cheers to 2013!
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  12. Your marathon sounds perfect, I’m with you, the smaller the better. I love that there are so many small marathons in your area. I am quietly doing a very small one this Sunday… I think it’s about 100 people maybe less in the full marathon…running this one just as a training run and not for time. Happy New Year!
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  13. Sounds like a great plan to me! Happy training. Wishing you the best for 2013.
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  14. I love small races a million times more. You’ll love it. Happy New Year friend!

  15. No races plans…yet :)

    We shall see what 2013 bring!

    Happy training!
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  16. Sounds like a perfect choice of marathon for you!

    I just blogged about trying to pick a half for March – still undecided except I’m probably passing on RnR DC this year.

    Can’t wait to see what you and your coach put together! Happy New Year!
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  17. I’ve done large and small marathons, Chicago being the largest at 45,000 and when I did the 50k last year at 150. I like them both, for different reasons. Sounds like you found what suits you best right now, and that’s what matters :).
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  18. Here in Florida is can be challenging to find a full marathon with optimum weather! I’m gunning to run my FIRST full this October at MCM! I can’ twait! So inspired by those of you who are already training for that awesome distance! FFA <3
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  19. Cool a coach! That’s great. Doing a marathon close to CIM doesn’t sound like a horrible idea. I wish I could but I think my next marathon might have to be in the fall. Oh well. Such is life looking forward to building speed and maintaining long runs to 13 miles. That’s the plan anyway…Happy 2013!
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  20. A small marathon will be great! I’ve looked at that one before too because it sounds up my alley. Sounds like the perfect plan to me!
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  21. That’s exciting! I am waiting until a few weeks post-marathon to sort out my upcoming big races, too. Sounds like a good race- I love anything local, large or small. It’s so nice when travel is not involved. But for the marathon distance, I definitely prefer a few more people to keep me entertained and distracted at the end!
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  22. I agree with you on the smaller races. I think that I like them better too. I signed up for a May marathon here in Spokane and it is also pretty small. I think less than 500 marathon participants. It might even be closer to the 300 range. I am looking forward to being able to sleep in my own bed the night before the race. It will be my first marathon where I haven’t traveled anywhere. I could get used to it!
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  23. I still can’t decide what I want to do this year. I am really, really enjoying being lazy so I better get going on something before this becomes a new way of living. Being lazy can’t support my cupcake habit ;-)
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  24. That sounds like a great race and a great choice. I’m glad that you had the month of December to just run and enjoy it. I’m excited for you!! I decided that I do want to run a half this year (since I was supposed to do it last year but alas). Now it’s time to pick a race! I’d love any suggestions for a late spring race :-)
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  25. Small races are so cool, and you can’t beat local.
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  26. I love, love, love smaller races. I enjoy the big ones too – but the small quiet ones are great. :) Probably because I am used to running by myself on quiet Wyoming roads. :) And awesome that you are working with Jeff!! Congrats! I am very excited for you. Hugs and happy new year my friend!

  27. I almost signed up for LPRM, but decided on Shamrock, which for the marathon, is in the middle for size at about 2-3k. No way I’d do RnR DC, having already run it twice when it was the smaller National Marathon. I did B&A last year (about 300 for the marathon) and while I enjoyed it, wanted something with a little more people. I go back and forth between small and moderate sized races. Love supporting the small ones, but also love being able to run with others during the race. I’m sure LPRM will be a great race. I’d like to do it one of these years.
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  28. I think you’ll do really well since you have the base available! It’s really exciting to go after new challenges. It’ll be fun :)
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  29. I was kinda hoping you’d pick Eugene, but I think a small race close to home sounds heavenly. That’s what I’d do if I lived at sea level. :^)

    Good luck! I wonder if I can say I have a base from CIM, too…..
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  30. How exciting! I think all sizes of marathons have their place in my heart. That said, I’ve run my best at smaller ones. This one sounds perfect. All the best with your training and your coach!
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  31. exciting!!!

    I love smaller races but the big ones tend to be super motivating for me! Yesterday’s race was around 1500 participants and that was PERFECT!!!

  32. That’s a great feeling when you make your decision and register :) I’ve got Maine Coast Marathon I’m training for in May.

    This past October, I was one of 220 who completed the Green Mountain Marathon up in Vermont. I’ve also run Boston & Disney, but am actually very OK with the smaller races.
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  33. Exciting news!!! HNY! :)
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  34. ME TOO! I am planning on Running Marathon #2 the first weekend of May! I think the weather will be ideal for training. I have already started logging my snowy miles! I am hoping the extra resistance training will help :)

    I am excited to start 2013! You are gonna rock your marathon girlie!
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  35. I’ve never heard of that marathon before! I much prefer smaller races but there are definitely a few larger ones that I will deal with the crowds to do!!
    I think that doing marathons close together can definitely be beneficial – especially if you were smart about the recovery and rest period like you were.
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  36. I’m always impressed with Spring marathoners b/c training through the winter is TOUGH!! Obviously no spring races for this prego girl, but I would like to get some fall halves on my calendar for motivation!! Glad you took some time to just run! ;)
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  37. I love smaller races! I do a lot of trail runs, where the field is only about 200 – 500 and they are my favorites! Good luck with your marathon; I will be running Boston this year and am really looking forward to it!
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