And So It Begins…

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Happy unofficial summer! After some rather unpleasant weather this weekend, today was a BEAUTIFUL day. After a little rain tomorrow we’re in for a toasty weekend. I’m going to the beach!

Today was my official kick off to my remaining goals for 2013 – most of which I haven’t discussed here at all because I was entirely unsure what was going to happen. After today’s run I’m fully convinced that with a lot of running and effort I will get all of these goals.

First up – today’s run:

First Post RTB Run

Can I hear it for fresh legs?! I took 9 total days off of running after Reach the Beach and just did weights, spin, elliptical, and a little walking. What a difference taking proper recovery makes!

I thought the run was net downhill and that was my advantage… well, it was net downhill, but only by 4 feet. So I had a pretty even amount of up and down over the 4 miles. I feel like this is a great way to kick off my summer of training!

Next up – what’s on tap for the rest of the year:

  • The Blessing of the Fleet 10-Mile Road Race, Narragansett, RI – July 26, 2013
  • Zooma Cape Cod Half Marathon, Falmouth, MA – September 28, 2013
  • Rock N Roll Providence Half Marathon, Providence, RI – September 29, 2013
  • United Healthcare MARATHON, Newport, RI – October 13, 2013

Yes folks you read that right – I am going to run Marathon #4 in October. I’ve rescinded my “No Marathons in 2013” rule and decided that I’m ready for another one. Well mentally anyway…

I haven’t decided if I want to talk time goals here or not yet… Many times I’ve done it and not made my goals. When I ran Rock N Roll Providence last year I never told you guys that I was trying for a sub 2 hour half, and I did it. Call me superstitious…

What’s my plan of attack? I’m thinking of focusing first on the Blessing of the Fleet, then the half’s and marathon together. Blessing is 2 months before the rest, and 2 months away, plus it’s only 10 miles. My thoughts are – train strictly between now and July for Blessing (which includes loads of heat training – the race takes place at 6 p.m. on a Friday). After Blessing start my marathon training plan. Zoom and RnR Providence fall exactly 2 weeks before the full marathon which places them at a perfect place in a marathon training plan. Waiting until the first week in August to start marathon training also allows me to have a life for the next few months, which we all know goes away once marathon training begins!

What do you guys think? Anyone else have some good distance races on their calendar for the second half of 2013? Do you think I should keep my time goals to myself or are  you just dying to hear them?

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5 thoughts on “And So It Begins…

  1. Newport was going to be my marathon this year but…new family and all I need another year to make it count! The course is gorgeous and you could always train it too! Let me know and if I’m down visiting the fam we could run together!!

    • I didn’t even think about training on the course, I’m glad you said that! Let me know when you’re in town and we will make a run happen!

  2. I’m registered for the Blessing of the Fleet too! If you haven’t done it before, it’s a great course! The last two years the heat and humidity did me in, but I figure that one of these years, I will get the weather to cooperate!

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