I did it…I signed up for another marathon!
I registered to run the Austin Marathon on February 18, 2018. I haven’t been able to run much since I moved to Austin at the end of July (because of the heat!), but this will give me several months to get back up to running long distances.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my adjustment to Austin has been a little rocky – talk about major culture shock, coming from London! However, I think there’s no better way to get to know a city than by running it. I’ve tried out a few local running clubs and I’ll get to explore more local routes once the weather cools off a bit. And hopefully training on Austin’s hills will prepare me for a hilly race.
If you were following along with my training last year, you might remember that I had registered for the 2017 Paris Marathon but was unable to train because of an IT-band injury that struck at the end of August (just about a year ago). I ended up running parts of the Paris Marathon with my friend who did the full distance, just for fun!
Since that injury, I haven’t run long distances, but I think I am fully recovered. Sometimes my leg feels sore after a particularly challenging run, but for the most part I haven’t had any problems with it and I’m ready to take another shot at the marathon!
My first marathon was the NYC Marathon in 2014, and my second was the Ottawa Marathon in 2016 where I ran 4:02. Of course now my goal is to break 4 hours. I’m not sure if that will happen in Austin, since it’s a hilly race and it depends on how the training cycle goes. I’ll reassess after the San Antonio Half in December, which should be a good test of my fitness.
I’ll also have to commit to doing more cross-training, strengthening, stretching, foam-rolling…all that great pre-hab stuff that tends to fall by the wayside. I want to do everything I can to keep that IT-band injury from returning!
Training will start in October, so right now I’m focusing on getting acclimated to the heat and building up my weekly mileage.
Many people have been checking in on me to see how I fared during Hurricane Harvey – thank you! Although we are only about 3 hours from Houston, Austin is at a higher elevation and we experienced none of the catastrophic flooding that Houston did. It was pretty much a normal rainstorm that passed and life went back to normal. However, Austin is expecting to receive many evacuees in the coming days and everyone has been joining together to help in any way they can. My coworker and I bought supplies to donate to a drive held by the school we work at, and I’m planning on going to a fundraiser this weekend at a local restaurant. I also signed up to donate blood next weekend, which was the earliest appointment I could get!
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
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