So, why the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Arizona?
- Are you not paying attention? $10 off!
- It’s a flat course.
- It’s at an elevation that’s roughly 4,000 feet lower than where I train.
- It’s in January, which means all my long training runs can take place in the cooler, winter months. I’ve struggled with some of my long runs in the heat this past summer and I’m not dedicated enough to get up early on the weekends and start running prior to 10:30 am.
- The marathon takes place on my Father-In-Law’s birthday providing me with the ultimate excuse to miss his party. (Actually, he’s going to be in Scottsdale for the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction which means I might even be able to convince him to watch my kids while I run, and maybe buy them their first car.)
- I’ve been saving myself for the right marathon, and this is it.
- Finally, $10 off! You just can’t pass up a deal that good.
As most of you probably know I’ve been a big fan of the FIRST plan for some time now and I’m planning on using it again to train for this marathon in January. The FIRST people actually offer two different training plans for marathon runners; one that is for marathon virgins like myself, and one that is for people looking to improve their marathon time. Obviously the first timer’s training plan is the one I qualify for and it is probably the gentler of the two, but it only has me doing one 20 mile long run, while the other plan has five 20 milers over a 16 week span. So my question is this: Is it enough to only run one 20 miler before the race? Shouldn’t I be doing more? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
By the way, you should prepare yourselves for lots of questions like this over the next few months, and probably for lots of whining and complaining too. Right now, I’m brimming with confidence and enthusiasm about this marathon, but I’m sure it will soon give way to pessimism, self-doubt, and a defeatist attitude. For example, the day after I signed up for the marathon I went out for a 10 mile run and logged the worst pace that I’ve seen all year. Oh crap! What have I done?