As some of you may know from my Marathon Training Tips for Beginner Runners Series, my wife and I ran our first marathon EVER this past October.
A little back-story: I am not a runner. My wife was, but not for a few years. I’m 5’10” and hover between 220-230lbs (but “light on my feet”). My wife is 5’1″ and, well, tiny.
The Dudette (aka my wife) decided she wanted to run a marathon before she turned 30 (she hasn’t turned yet), so last May, she signed up for the 31st Marine Corp Marathon. She asked if I wanted to run it with her and I said “No, I don’t want to run”, but guess what…I knew she needed the support, and if I was going to run with her during training, dangit, I was gonna run that marathon too!
We started training in May using the MCM Training Program sponsored by Active.com (it was free for participants), and for the next 5 long months, we trained for a race without ever having run a race in our lives. It was hard, painful and sweaty, and it took all our resolve to keep running during the 100+ degree temps of last summer.
Race day came and we thought we were prepared. However, from mile 1, I had the worst running day of the entire training, while my wife had her best. We slogged through 26 miles of torture (for me), but we “Beat the Bridge” at the 20 mile mark. However, had we known what awaited us for the last 0.2 miles, we might have done a little more hill-training. That ending was a monster!
Why I want to run another Marine Corp Marathon and what will change?
I finished the marathon in about 6 hours. I was hoping for 5.5 hours. This year, I want to finish in 5 hours. As a side note, I was beaten by an 82 year old man (the older finisher) by 14 seconds. I chalk that up to his experience.
I want to prove to myself that I can do better. I’m not a competitive person by far, but I was disgusted with myself during and after the race. I tried as hard as I could, but I could only push myself to finish in 6 hours. This year, I will use all that we’ve learned about training and the race to finish far ahead of my first marathon.
Anyone in the D.C. area want to join us?