Now that we're back from Colorado (and so sad about going from dry and 30 degrees to warm with 98% humidity) and the legs are mostly recovered, it's time to choose what's next!
The answer is actually a little amusing, given our recent history.
In my CIM race report
, somewhere after the halfway point where I fell apart a bit, I noted to Kate that I'm really not great at running marathons, at least when I'm trying for a particular time. I may have said a couple times since then that marathons are dumb.
And then (much) more recently, we discovered at Collegiate Peaks
that Matt and higher elevations do not always get along.
So what's the OBVIOUS next event for us? If you said a marathon at elevation.. you're wrong!
THREE marathons at elevation!
That's right, we've signed up for the Tahoe Triple
One marathon on Friday, one marathon on Saturday, then a third marathon on Sunday. At 6500-7000 ft of elevation. Which, granted, tops out lower than Collegiate Peaks even begins. So it'll be fine! Fine!
The great news for us is that Rogue has a group that goes up to Tahoe every year for the event, and a training group/schedule to train for it, so after a several year hiatus, we're back running with Rogue!
The not-as-great news is that, man, that's a LOT of early morning runs each week. After 2 weeks of easing our way back into running slowly (the easing and the running were both slow), we had our first truly representative week this week. 5 runs, 4 of which we got up between 4:30 and 4:45am for, and the last one at the late, late hour of 6am!
The main difference between this and standard marathon training is we're running every Friday-Saturday-Sunday to get used to back to back runs. This weekend we did 6 miles Friday, 13 Saturday and 6 Sunday. It actually went really well, and I was ridiculously proud of us for getting it done.
Ask me again how I'm feeling in a couple months when we peak at 13-20-10, with 11 of those miles at our goal pace.
Speaking of goal pace.. I honestly just want to finish each race still running, even if it's for a very generous definition of running. I'm hoping that my pace on day 1 isn't all that different from my pace on day 3, and if that means running day 1 incredibly conservatively, that's great.
In the meantime, we have a lot of race logistics to figure out (each marathon starts and ends at a difference place, eventually circumnavigating the whole lake), a lot of early mornings, many hills, a ton of laundry and a lot of naps in our future.Supportive shepherds are always willing to participate in weekend naps.