So on Sunday, I set out for 17 miles and ended up doing 20. Yes, I know I was supposed to be tapering, but my husband was running 20 and I figured I would just finish out his run with him. I am so happy I did run with him as my confidence was brought back up from that run. We didn't run as fast as I normally do, but it was a very enjoyable and strong run. I have read a lot of people who argue for 3 week tapers vs. 2 week tapers, and so I figured it couldn't hurt to run one last 20 miler. My legs are still a little sore 2 days later, but I did run a 5k the day before the run.
Since we are now under 2 weeks until my goal marathon of the season, I have begun thinking about what is next. I am perfectly aware that I may not meet my goal of making it to Boston this year, so I wanted to find something that I could look forward to, so that my heart isn't broken too badly on October 4th if the stars don't align correctly. In December I turn 30, so I wanted to do something big. I looked around at a bunch of December marathons, especially California International Marathon as I know that is a great BQ race, but I still have hopes that I won't need to BQ at this race. I already did Honolulu and I can't talk my husband into returning to Hawaii this year, so that was out. I have done Disney the past 2 years and while I love the Disney Marathon, again, I wasn't sure if that was a big enough celebration for turning 30.
So the verdict is in, I am going to Go Goofy! I am so excited. The Goofy Challenge is the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday at Walt Disney World. The Disney Marathon will always hold a special place in my heart as it was my first marathon and I feel this will be a good way to celebrate such a huge milestone in my life. Of course I decided about 2 weeks too late to do the Goofy Challenge as it filled at the end of August, so I had to sign up through a tour company. They say they still have spots available but they make you send in a check instead of paying online. So now I wait for my confirmation that I am actually in the race. Luckily the tour company is based out of Boston, so they will receive my check tomorrow and I was in contact with the company as of yesterday and let them know my check is in the mail.
I have no idea how I plan to train for this race or how I will run it. I am hoping that the Twin Cities Marathon goes well, so I won't be tempted to try and BQ at Disney the day after a half marathon. I will probably have a plan figured out to start November 1st, so look for that in the future.
So anyways, that is my future plans after October. Now I just have to sit and rest. So far my legs are really enjoying the break, but my mind isn't enjoying it as much. I did 7 this morning and only 4 tomorrow. 4 miles! I haven't had a 4 mile day in my training plan in so long. All I do is look up race weather, read the race packet, read race reports, and stare at the Twin Cities Marathon specific recommended pace chart for a 3:40 marathon. I really don't like the idea of starting out that much slower than my goal marathon pace and then have so many miles below it. I realize it is specific to the hills on the course, but this chart has been making me go back and forth as to my plan. I will probably just stick to my gut and run however my body takes me that day like I did in Vermont.
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