So this weekend is the big Nike+ human race!! Last Sunday was my long run outside. I ran six miles in just a few seconds over an hour. My goal for the race this Sunday is under 70 minutes. I think I can do it in less time but since it’s my first big race, I want to be realistic. I think they’re expecting around 15,000 people. I’m pretty excited!!!
So I’ve been doing some brainstorming about what should be my next hurrah since I’m really getting into running. Lana mentioned that there is going to be a half marathon in Champaign (IL) this coming April. I think that’ll be a nice amount of time for me to work up that distance. THENNNnnnnnn my ultimate goal would be to do the chicago marathon next october (09). I’ve always wanted to run in a marathon and think that I should do it now, while I’m still young and able and have the time to put into it. Am I crazy?
I know there’s a crazy amount of stuff I need to learn before running a marathon. I’ve been seeing people talk about gels and powders and beans for energy. I’ve always wondered what happens if you have to go to the bathroom. I mean… that’s a long time to run without it. How do you get past the mental blocks, especially if you can’t use headphones!! What’s the joy in that?
So if anyone has advice on how to train, books to read, etc. I’d love to hear it!