The year is not over and neither is the marathon season. After my disappointment at Haunted Hustle and my extreme fun but not fast time at the Honky Tonk, I think I want to run some more. So I have signed up for 2 more marathons this year but both I will be travelling with friends so it will be fun.
Next weekend, I will be travelling with my friend, Paul, to Huntington, West Virginia to run in the Marshall University Marathon. Somehow they were able to create a flat marathon in West Virginia, I have been told this is hard to do in WV. It is a 2 loop course that ends with running the entire football field at Marshall University. They will even give you a football to carry for the final 100 yards. That sounds pretty fun. This race is in memory of the Marshall University Football team that was killed in a plane crash in the early 70's. This story is told in the movie "We Are Marshall" which I have not watched yet, but plan to before the race since I have heard there are many sights in the movie that the race course passes. I have only been to West Virginia one other time in my life before this year and now I will have done both a half marathon AND a full marathon in one year. I hope to do as well in the full marathon as I did in the half marathon back in early June.
Four weeks after West Virginia, Mike, Paul, and I are flying to Charlotte, NC and then driving down to Charleston, South Carolina to take part in the Kiawah Island Marathon. Again this course is very flat and is right along the ocean. The course looks interesting as there are many long out and backs on the course. Usually I don't like out and backs on a course and I think this one will kind of suck to, but in this case, I will be able to see Paul and Mike more often along the course. Usually we don't run together so we don't see each other until the race is over. We plan on staying that night in Charleston so we can have some fun before flying back.
Since I haven't run so well in marathons this year, I really want to get 1 or 2 good ones in. Both races are very flat so my plan is to try to break 4 hours in hopefully both but let's just start with 1 at a time. My miles are way down this year but the last 2 marathons will work well as long runs in my training, at least I hope they will. I need the endurance for the final 10K.
I think this is a good plan for the rest of the year. I will be able to get 2 more states completed and 2 more marathons. Closing on on 50!
Keep on Running!!!