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.
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?