My New Plan

After getting a disappointed email last week about not making it into Boston I was a bit bummed out. So what did I do next? Sign up for another marathon. Not because I am hoping to BQ at this one, because I know my training is not what it should be to want to strive for it.

 Honestly I have no goals I just want to be a part of a fun girl’s weekend. Not to mention that it is only three weeks away.

This summer my sister had mentioned that she signed up for the Baltimore Marathon Relay. I was even thinking about signing up for the marathon, but at the time my work schedule was a bit crazy and I could not dedicate the time training for a marathon. The thought of that was just stressful. However, I would still keep up with my runs but no real schedule.

While summer winded down and my work schedule became less hectic, I entertained the thought of the marathon again. With the cooler mornings approaching I could get some longer runs in now. I had mentioned to my sister that I was thinking about signing up for it. I don’t know if she really thought I was serious because she didn’t say much about it. Then again, she knows that I don’t ever really ever follow a training plan when I sign up for marathons anyway.

A few days later I texted her that morning and said I finally signed up for the marathon. Guess I should start training. And that is exactly what I did. The next day I got up and ran 16 miles and felt great! I came home, took a nap, and met some friends out at the ocean front later. I decided to Uber home that night.

The next day I was thinking about getting an Uber again to my car, but I thought I am training for a marathon now I should just run to it. So that is what I did. I ran 8 miles down to the ocean front.

 The Neptune Festival was taking place this weekend so once I arrived at the boardwalk I began walking and looking at the vendors. I thought about splurging on a funnel cake, but I purchased a crab cake instead. I ended up running into a friend I haven’t seen all summer so we walked together and caught up. I still had about a mile to go to get to my car so we gave each other a hug and parted ways.

That evening I asked my running buddy if I could consider these two back to back long runs. Since I ran 16 Saturday and then another 8 on Sunday. The whole point is to train on tired legs right? Even though I felt good during both of these runs, I was still tired. He says I would think you would need to do at least another double digit. Really? Either way I logged the miles and that is what matters.
Have you ever signed up for a race spontaneously? -L

                                        We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR


  1. I've signed up for half marathons spontaneously and killed them. Sometimes, you just gotta.

    So sorry about Boston.

  2. Yes, some of the spontaneous race sign ups have been my favorite! That's awesome you both will be running in the same race!
    Sorry about Boston!

  3. I think it definitely counts! Back to backs are so tough, especially at that distance! Great job!! So sorry about Boston, but I hope you have fun at this race! :)

    1. Those back to back runs did feel good so I am happy with that.

  4. I am thinking about signing up for a race in three weeks, so yes, I also sign up spontaneously. I am so sad about you not getting into Boston. But I know you will qualify again and hopefully we will both be there in 2019.

  5. I think that is best. That way you don't have to stress about all the training that is to come.

  6. I love this plan. You've done all you could do to make Boston happen and hopefully next year will be the time where you get one of those coveted slots, in the meantime hope this race helps you to remember your love of running

  7. My heart goes out to all who didn't make that cutoff. Obviously Boston standards need to be readjusted. That said, hooray for coming up with an exciting alternate plan!

  8. I have signed up for races spontaneously, even though I usually put a lot of thought into them!

  9. Good luck until the marathon. I haven't sign up spontaneously, but I'm always looking for fun races.

  10. So exciting that you will be running Baltimore! I have to warn you about the hills though... Don't go out too fast like I did!

  11. Total bummer about Boston...I have heard of so many people not getting in this year (who had run it in previous years).

  12. I sign up for anything half marathon or shorter pretty spontaneously. Marathons are a bit of a stretch unless they are near MCM.

    Bummer on Boston - one of my good friends didn't get in either, so is training to try and get a better time for 2018.


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