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January 14, 2014 by Amy B

It had been so long since I’d run farther than a 10K that I had to look up on my run calendar to see when it was.

November 10. Seven miles.

Thanks to Josh for figuring out a route for us to run

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and for Zoe for pacing and kicking my ass.

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I’d approached this run with a pretty carefree attitude, but truth: seven miles was tough. Granted, our route ran us through some sloppy roads that slowed us down. Overall the pace was a little under 10:30, which is truly an average of some faster sections and slower plods. Total time: 1:12:50.

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I’ll be honest – I could’ve run farther if I had to, but I was pretty happy to be back at my car. I’ve also made a new friend.

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I guess I win the sweaty head award.

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2014 is supposed to be the year for setting audacious goals,  I’m waffling back and forth about committing to the Green Bay Marathon in May. Here’s what’s holding me back:

  • I’ve never scheduled a marathon that early in the year. Grandma’s was always in June, the only other “early” marathon I’ve attempted, and I didn’t train for it. Winter had a lot to do with it.
  • I know what a marathon takes when it comes to training. It’s a huge commitment of time and energy.
  • Winter. Did I mention winter? There’s over 3 feet of snow on the ground right now and we’ll have snow here until April, maybe May. Where the hell am I going to get in long runs?
  • I’ve always used Hal Higdon’s plans as my go-to training plans, but after ten years, I’m looking for a change. Not only do I want to run faster, but I’d like to feel properly prepared so that I’m not completely falling apart between miles 13-20.

So the draws?

  • It’s a race I haven’t done before. Sure, I’ll be running Twin Cities again this year, but a new course might be the change I need.
  • If I take the plunge, I’d commit myself to going out slowly – I suck at this – and perhaps use this as a test race for strategy for Twin Cities.
  • I’m told the course is flat. I’m totally okay with flat.
  • I’d be taking the trip with Team /var/run. Children-less. It would be nice to spend an adult weekend with adults for once.
  • It would be a new challenge, something that right now, though not impossible, seems like it’s going to take a lot of work. Am I up for it?

 

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at amyupnorth.com. Read more here.

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