Sunday, October 20th, is the 36th annual Detroit Marathon. This will be my 5th marathon this year (6th if we count my 50K, which I usually do). I signed up for the marathon almost immediately when registration opened. You can beat the early registration fee! I think I paid $65? That is really inexpensive compared to most marathon fees. And, since the event is held on my actual birthday, what better way to spend my 35th birthday than to run a marathon!
Over the last couple weeks, I was starting to have my doubts on how well I will be able to perform bit now I am super pumped about this race. The last time I stepped foot on this course was October 16th, 2011. I ran my 2nd slowest marathon (3:45:30) but it didn't matter. I had SO much fun that day! I had carried my camera, took tons of photos along the course, didn't feel bad at any point in the race and, little did I know, I was 7 weeks pregnant!!
Running in the Ontario part of the course
Rick, myself and Jeff - my running friends I ran with that day
Me, my mom and my stepdad
My goal is to run a 3:35:00 or better. Every road marathon I have run since having my daughter Anna back in June 1012 has been a BQ time. I want to keep my streak alive and finish out this year with another BQ. My marathon times have been the following; Grand Rapids Marathon in October 2012 was a 3:39:02, Boston Marathon in April was a 3:29:46, Pittsburgh Marathon was a 3:33:16 and Ann Arbor Marathon was a 3:30:26. I know I can pull off a 3:35:00, if my legs feel good. I've put a lot of miles on my legs over the summer with various races including a trail marathon & 50K, running 220+ miles in July, etc... So hopefully I don't show up Sunday with dead, heavy legs. If so, I will have my dad there to pull me along like he does best.
I've been trying to make sure I get a little bit more sleep than I usually do, as well have increased my carb intake. I will be resting my legs Friday and Saturday so that they are fresh on Sunday. The weather is seeming to cooperate too. I've done the work, now to push hard and hope for the best.