By the time you read this, depending on when you stumble upon my post, I will be running CIM or will have run CIM. And if you’re a long time follower of my blog, you’re probably going, “Huh???!!!! Elle never said anything about marathon training.”
In fact, if you’re my IRL friends, you might accuse me of lying to you about not marathon training. I never told a lie of commission. They were always lies of omission. Whenever running friends asked me what was next, I would either mention a race was that immediate upcoming or a race that was *after* CIM.
After a disappointing race at last year’s Steamtown and after I had several months to get back into the right mindset, I thought that I might have another marathon in me. A marathon to redeem myself. But I never said anything about training to anyone, not even Ben. I quietly started training without saying a word to anyone. In fact, I got far enough to the point where I made plans to go to Sacramento without Ben figuring out why. Of course, Ben eventually guessed, but I begged him not to tell anyone.
I was secretive about marathon training for a couple of reasons. Two years ago, I wrote on Salty Running how announcing your goals on social media is detrimental to actually achieving your goal because the praise you receive for the attempt fulfills your achievement needs. The other reason is that I discovered that I loved being left alone with my training. I went out, did my training runs, and that was the end of it. There was no endless discussion from know-it-alls about how I was doing it all wrong. It was way less stressful for me.
- Downhill course: If you know me, you know I love me point-to-point downhill courses. CIM has a net decline. Yes, there are rolling hills, but those hills are nothing compared to Zoo Hill and the other hilly races that I’ve trained on. I’ve got this.
- Late in the year: I wanted to avoid doing an early fall race because I didn’t want to do long training runs during the hot, muggy summer dark o’clock hours. The long runs came during the fall with cooler weather. The bad part is that by the time I was doing the long runs, people were tapering or done with their marathons.
- Pace groups: I love pace groups because a good pace group takes the mental energy of keeping pace off of you. I’ve been lucky in that I’ve only had good pacers.
- Historical good weather: CIM is known for having nice cool race weather and tomorrow is no exception. Mid-40s and no wind.
- Race sherpa and free accommodation: CIM, for me, comes with a race sherpa and free accommodation. A good friend from college lives in Sacramento, so I have a place to stay. She was so excited for me running this and she’s been wonderful about driving me everywhere and even doing a reconnaissance mission so I could see the last six miles of the course from a car
Fingers crossed! Light feet and quick strides!