I may be running another marathon in 9 weeks.
After thinking about my race and talking things over with my coach, it may be a good idea for me to try again with a shortened cycle to capitalize on my current fitness level and not have to go through a full marathon cycle again. I’m already signed up for the Kiawah Island half marathon on December 12, and it’s possible for me to switch to their full marathon instead. I’ll be doing a half marathon in Florida on November 29 (and then cheering on/pacing to the finish my volunteer coaching client to finish her first marathon), and I talked to my husband about us potentially staying in Florida for the intermediate two weeks so I can acclimate to warmer temps.
It could work.
Reflecting back on my race, I’m pretty sure I experienced the dread “bonk” or “hitting the wall” in the marathon due to not nailing my nutrition right. I hadn’t realized how little of my UCAN I’d drunk in the first half until after the race my husband told me I’d underfueled. When my legs got so heavy and clumsy, I didn’t have the wherewithal to understand what was happening and was a little foggy in the head at that point. I could’ve taken an emergency Gu or drank some Gatorade on the course if my brain hadn’t been also experiencing the bonk. Even if those upset my stomach, I know I can run a little nauseated for a handful of miles.
After a few days of short runs and plenty of sleep, I’m eager to get back to training. My biggest hesitancy about jumping back into marathon mode is not overdoing things but rather a general fear of falling short again. That’s not really a great reason to not try again, especially if it will be easier on my body to just ramp things up now rather than wait until next year. If I wait until next year, Wineglass will definitely be my race of choice. All around, it was my favorite of the four marathons I’ve done and one of the better races I’ve participated in, period.
I truly had a great run at Wineglass all the way up to when I bonked. Even the photos my husband took of me as I was fading, I look pretty happy and my running form hadn’t crumbled.
I don’t have to decide right this second. But I know I have a BQ of at least a 3:52 in me. I was on track all the way up to mile 21. But am I mentally ready?
Advice — yay or nay?