It’s been nearly two years since I’ve had a string of races that I was training for. But now, it’s time for me to get back on the horse, put in some quality miles, and line up for some races! My best friend from growing up convinced me (this is the same PJ who convinced me to give up soccer for cross country as a rising sophomore in HS) told me that we are going to run a Ragnar Relay ultramarathon in October of 2019 as part of his quest to run a marathon in every US state.
And naturally I resisted at first, but then the wheels started turning about what I need to do in order to run that race. So yeah, I’m going to be an ultramarathoner by the end of 2019.
Before I can run an ultramarathon, I think it’s very important that I run a marathon. I’m literally shocked that these words are coming out, but they really are. I’ve been forever convinced that I don’t need to and don’t want to run a marathon. It wasn’t something that I felt necessary in my life. But as with all things running, I’m willing to give them a try.
I’ll be training for the Ragnar Relay from roughly May through October, which is fine by me because it’s after the spring season and during the fall season. I’ll be able to run before school and then again at practice. This will help me with the relay portion of the ultrarunning multiple times a day on tired legs.
So now that I’m going to run an ultra, I need to run a marathon. The most ideal time is to race in between cross country season and spring track season. I’ll be able to do my own running for a bit, taper how I want to taper, and not feel guilty missing practices or meets because of my own running. So I’m targeting a March or April marathon, probably in the lower half of the country. It’ll be pretty cold up here in New Jersey and I want to do a bit of traveling, so I guess you can say a mini vacation + a marathon are in store for us.
This training will most likely take place from November or December 2018 through race day. I’ll take 3 weeks off after the marathon and then get into training for the Ragnar Ultra. As of right now, I don’t have a goal time or pace, but one goal would be to qualify for Boston (either 3:05 or 3:10 depending on when I run it and at what age I’ll be when I run it). 3:05 marathon is a 7:03 mile pace and 3:10 is 7:14.
Some of my highest read articles on marathon running: Managing the Ups & Downs of a Marathon 4 Strategies to Prepare for Your Best Marathon What it takes to BQ
Prior to the marathon, I want to run a really good half marathon. My tentative goal is to run 13.1 miles at 5:59 pace. This would put me at 1:18:26. I don’t care so much about the time as much as I do about the pace. I have already run a really fast half marathon (1:10:19) at 5:22 pace, and now I’m in a different part of my life and I think a sub-6 half marathon would be a really big goal. I’m aiming for the Philly Half Marathon in mid-November.
I’ll be doing this training from August/September 2018 until race date.
Some of my highest read articles on half marathon running: Half Marathon Taper Strategies Tempo Running Explained
My last big audacious goal is to break 5 minutes in the mile. I had a few good attempts at keeping my goal alive in 2017 (I ran 5:26 and 5:14) before a calf injury derailed the rest of the calendar year. In trying to break 5 minutes every year I’m a runner, I’ve so far done it in every year from 1999 to 2017 except for 2013 and 2017. So, I’m looking to get back to that as it’ll be 18 out of 20 years I’ve gone sub-5.
My attempt to break 5 will most likely happen at the Murphy Mile in early August. If it happens then, I can transition away from the faster work and toward the half marathon training. If I miss at the Murph Mile, I’m putting on a pop-up mile race on August 16th, where I’ll attempt again.
Some of my highest read articles on mile running: Speed Workouts 4 Reasons to Race Short Race Distances Monmouth Mile Recap
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