Marathon Mania is Setting In

Yes, yes I do.
Yes, yes I do.

[Editor’s Note: Mint wrote this a week ago, and she’s running her marathon as you read this. Go, Mint, go!]

It’s true.  I am checking weather forecasts, race time predictors and pace charts.  I am thinking about my racing shoes and my race day wardrobe.  I’ve ordered some gels and have restocked my Bodyglide supply.  It’s almost race time,  baby.  And I can’t wait.

This is a very newfound feeling, which hit me like a load of bricks today.  And I couldn’t be happier.

You see, in the fall of 2012, I set a big fat PR at the Chicago Marathon.  I’d been working for years to break 3:25 and I finally did it!  I took the spring of 2013 off just to relish in my victory rather than ramp back up to a new crazy goal.  But then I got hurt.

It was a long road back.  I won’t tell you I’m not still sore sometimes, but this winter I decided I was going to go for it anyway.  The plan was to run the Wisconsin Marathon this spring.  Time wasn’t a big issue because I knew I was really out of peak marathon shape and it would be a long road.  I wanted to get back to marathon training, though.  The plan is to get back into shape and shoot for the moon in the fall.

As it has been for many of you, training has been hard this winter.  Really hard.  The weather was nothing short of cruel.  I was also traveling a lot and very busy with work.  This is the shortest marathon training season I’ve ever completed and the lowest mileage (with the exception of my very first marathon).  It’s been hard to hit my workouts and I’ve struggled.  But I’ve put the time in.  The hay is in the barn.  The barn may not be overflowing with hay, folks, but it is in there.  I don’t have anything near a PR in me, but I do have 26.2 in me.  I even think I have a Boston Qualifying time in me.

Last weekend I ran a half marathon at goal race pace and it was so awesome to be out there.  To run into friends, cheer each other on and push through pain.  I came home and there was a flood of emails between Salties regarding their races.  The excitement – and even some disappointment – was palpable.  Then Monday, I watched the Boston Marathon.  How amazing was that?  #BostonProud and #BostonStrong just are not sufficient.  Watching Shalane Flanagan set a blistering pace like a total bad ass was so inspiring.  It led to a great performance (and PR) for her and for two other women to break the course record.  And of course Meb’s performance, finish line celebration and tears were all poignant, moving, and amazing.  Man, I wish I had been there.  [Side note:  It was also a nice little reminder that if Meb can PR and become the first men’s USA winner of the Boston Marathon in 31 years at the ripe age of 38, I can’t make excuses for myself as a 40 year old.]

Can't wait to experience the sweetness of marathon victory once again!
Can’t wait to experience the sweetness of marathon victory once again!

This morning I went out for my pace run and while it wasn’t easy, I felt like a million bucks when I finished.  I cannot wait to toe the line in Kenosha on May 3.

It’s racing season, Salties! Has the Spring racing bug hit you yet?  What are your upcoming races?  Share them here so we can share your race-day build-up, too!

Mindi is a serial marathoner. She is a private practice attorney, wife and mom of two awesome (and super fast) boys, ages 12 and 14. She coaches Girls on the Run and is a big advocate of youth running.

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  1. I wish I had a race! I just did my goal race last Sunday, and scored a shiny new 10K PR. I don’t have any more running races on the calendar for the next few months, so it’s weird to not have anything to train for.

  2. I had to put off my first full marathon from May until this November because of a cranky hip. I added daily strengthing exercises and the hip feels better. I got a lovely PR at an 8K race a couple of weeks ago. I have a 10K trail race in three weeks and four races scheduled for the fall including my first marathon.

    1. It is hard to postpone our goals, but often definitely the best choice. Sounds like a good one for you if you are knocking out PRs! Congrats. We love hearing what all of our readers are doing – so I hope you all do keep us posted.

  3. Sometimes it’s really fun to race when you know you’re not in PR shape. Glad you’ve come back from the injury even stronger!