You know that feeling after you’ve gone headfirst into something, then come up for air and think whaaaaaaat have I gotten myself into?
When I heard I’d been chosen to be among this year’s Cox Providence Rhode Races Rhode Scholars—participants who will blog about their training for the races in May—that was my initial reaction. All that off-the-cuff enthusiasm about running my first marathon met a solid 24 hours where I realized that meant actually running my first marathon.
That’s 26.2 miles, people. Some people don’t even drive that far in a day, and I’m going to try traversing it with just my own two feet. Seriously, whaaaaaaat.
But then I discussed it with the intrepid Team Flail, who were cajoled into running with me. I got a grip, sent in my registration, and slapped a badge on the ol’ blog.
So this morning, instead of an ambling few miles with no real purpose, I hit the streets at 5am to get some speed intervals in (6 x 1min, 2min recoveries). I’m going to have to make up for a missed week on the training plan, but by and large I’m going to be following the 18 weeks laid out in No Meat Athlete’s Marathon Roadmap. I used his half-marathon plan for a race this past fall, and found it was great preparation and likely helped me shave a few minutes off my previous PR.
I’m still fairly freaked out about this (whaaaaaaaat) but hey, that’ll make for some entertaining recaps, right? Hereafter, I’ll be blogging weekly as I work through these 17 weeks of training, marking each post with the Rhode Scholar title so the runners can see them, and the non-runners can ignore them. We’ll keep up with the usual weekly food-related posts, provided I’m able to drag myself to the computer after some of the longest long runs.
Ready? I (think I) am, so let’s go!