I’m Training for a Spring Marathon!!!
Well, I’m not officially signed up yet, but I am planning on running the Newport Marathon (on the Oregon coast) this coming June 4th! I get to sign up for it once I know for sure that I won’t have a time conflict – my 9yr old daughter will be running in a Girl’s on the Run 5k the night before! I want to make sure I will be able to be her running buddy for her race. It should all make for an exciting weekend!
So, why am I getting all excited about signing up for a spring/early summer marathon? I guess there are 2 main reasons: (1) I am having a hard time waiting to start marathon training for the Chicago marathon. (2) The Boston Athletic Association has announced the new qualifying standards for their marathon and how registration is going to go for 2012 and ’13. I want two shots this year at qualifying for Boston!!!
Now, some fun info on the Newport Marathon. It was actually my first marathon 7 years ago and it was my first attempt at qualifying for Boston so it’ll be great to run it this time around with a little more experience and wisdom. My oldest daughter was almost 3 yrs old at the time and my son was a few months short of his 1st birthday. It’s a nice, small race. The organizers do a great job with it- they open it only to 900 runners.
In my opinion it is not the most fun or exciting course to run, but it’s a flat and fast course- a great place to qualify for Boston or run a new best time. The goofy thing with that race is that in two different spots on the course they actually offer oysters to the runners going by! Newport is a fun Oregon coastal town so if you’re looking for a small Oregon race to do, I do suggest looking into it.
So, about my goal for this race…I am wanting to run at least a 3:35, but I would be super elated if I can train well enough to run a 3:30! My best is a 3:35 from the ’08 Houston Marathon. According to the new Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards, I am going to need to run a 3:40 to have a chance at registering for Boston ’12 or ’13, but they are also giving priority to the faster qualifiers- letting them sign up first.
So, I figure running a 3:30 should be doable for me and improve my chances at getting to sign up for my dream race (Boston). In case you didn’t know, this past year when they opened up the Boston Marathon registration, they reached race capacity in a crazy fast record breaking 8 hours, unlike the usual few months it normally takes.
So, I want to try and qualify at Newport and when I run Chicago. I have 15 weeks starting now to start training for Newport!!! I am thinking of trying out a new training plan. It’s the one advertised on my site (at the top of my home page) –“marathon training for beginners” by Dr. Marius Bakken.
It says beginners, but he offers a bunch of different training plans based on your time goal. I guess he was a 2 time Olympic athlete and world class runner, so I am excited to give his plan a try and let you know how it goes! Thanks so much for reading – please feel free to leave any questions, comments or tips!
2013 Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards, courtesy Boston Athletic Association