*Please, someone, tell me how to rephrase this parenthetical into a short, snappy phrase that DOESN’T end in a preposition. Please.
I made a secret promise to myself (and to you all) that I wouldn’t speak another word about my training until I shared what, exactly, I’m training for. [There it is again. Stupid preposition. And in italics this time! GAH!] In other words, why am I running 18 miles, and 18 miles on a treadmill, and 20 miles on vacation? Well, besides the fact that I love running, there are some races in my future…some long races…
Hahaha. You thought I was just going to TELL YOU, straight out, what the races are?! HA. You obviously haven’t been around here for very long. There’s a story, obviously. With me, there’s *always* a story (just ask KMN).
I’d spent the previous months rebuilding mileage after an IT band injury, acclimatizing to running in the tropics, and casually exploring some different races around Singapore (Green Corridor Run, Venus Run, Safari Zoo Run). I told her I wasn’t really ready to train for a marathon. I didn’t tell her I thought it was a little crazy for me to decide to travel to Australia to run a marathon with someone I’d just met online a month or two beforehand.
But. . .well. . . I was already scheming about what I wanted to do with the second half of 2013 and all of 2014, running-wise. I knew a mileage increase was on the horizon. I was easily holding ~25 miles per week, but really wanted to bump that number up over 40, which is a happy number for me. For me, personally (not necessarily for you), this is when I know I have a sufficient base to train for…well, pretty much whatever I want. I won’t go into details here, but I know that ~40-50 miles per week has been a pretty successful number for me in the past (albeit one I haven’t seen consistently for over a year).
And. . .well. . .GCA and I hit it off really well. We went running a few times, and she didn’t seem like a dangerous sort. In fact, she was smart, sarcastic, and funny, with a penchant for speaking directly.
And training for a marathon would encourage me to boost my mileage progressively and safely.
And five months was plenty of time to safely build from half to full-marathon distance.
And heck, when ELSE was I going to be living a five hour flight away from Perth??
But what really sealed the deal? The average weather in Perth, in August, at 9 AM, is 55°F (13°C) and 75% humidity.
Holy heck, can we talk about how fabulous it sounds to run at 55°F !?!? All you Northern Hemisphere folks are in the throes of summer, so you understand. And so, Perth Marathon entry: SOLD!
And so, six weeks from tomorrow, I’ll be toeing the line in Perth. 🙂
My goals for the race are (for me) modest – and remember that I’ve been working toward them since April, even though I didn’t register until June and didn’t share with you all until July:
1. Train safely and stay healthy:
I seem to have the heat thing under control, except for some chafing issues. Hydration has been good for at least six weeks now, thanks to Nuun and salt tabs – no evening headaches in weeks. No sign of March’s plantar fasciitis, and I’ve been careful to keep calves and feet stretched. My hips and IT bands often demand the foam roller, but as long as I obey, they stay happy.
2. Build weekly mileage:
Working progressively (a few miles/week at a time), with periodic drop-back weeks, I’m up into the 35-40 mile per week range. I’d like to be a smidge higher, but I’m feeling good, and that’s most important. On the weeks of my really long runs, I’m on the higher side; lower mileage weekends are a tad lower.
3. Be my own guinea pig: Train in the heat, and race in the cool:
Lots of Singaporeans train in Singapore, but run marathons in cooler places – for obvious reasons. The heat takes a toll on a runner’s pace – but just how much faster of a marathon can a person race, vs what they he/she trained for, when the aerobic pressure of high heat and humidity are lifted? Lots of people talk about slowing down in the heat. What about speeding up in the cool? What can the muscular and skeletal systems handle for 26 miles? A sample size of 1 is not very high, but I have to start somewhere. More on this another time.
4. Run a smart, solid marathon:
This isn’t a BQ attempt. Not even a covert one. I’m not yet in shape to train for one of those at the moment. One day, one day. But for this round, I’ve chosen a goal time that will keep me moving, but won’t kill me. Given my current training, it’s quite achievable, and will help me prepare for another race I’ll be running in October. But more on that in another post.
For now – Perth City to Surf – I’m coming for you! And I can’t stinkin’ wait. 🙂
Can anyone help me with those sentence-ending prepositions? Anyone???
Ever choose a race location for favorable weather?
Do I have any readers from Perth? In Perth? Near Perth? Who’ve been to Perth?
Speak up now, I need your expertise: Where to stay? Where to eat? What to do (besides run)? Talk to me!!!!