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the marathon I haven't trained for

Posted Jun 27 2013 2:09pm
Yes, you read the title right.  I'm running a marathon that I haven't trained for.  I ran the Eugene (Oregon - is there another?!) Marathon awhile ago... maybe six weeks?  I signed up for the July 4th Foot Traffic Flat Marathon (Portland, OR) probably six weeks earlier when training was going well and I thought I could simply piggy back onto my Eugene training and run a second good race.  I'm now exactly one week out.  Training has pretty much gone out the window as other things have taken priority.  And I'm scared.  It's going to be a warm day and if I recall correctly, there is very little to absolutely zero shade on this course.  And I don't recall much wind so I can't count on any relief there.  It's going to be a very hot and long 26.2 miles for me.

Anyone else run a marathon with no real training?  Sure, my fitness level is probably fine.  I did a modified recovery after Eugene and have some longer runs under my belt these last few weeks.  But only one was a 20 miler due to time constraints.  When you run a 9:00 pace like me, it takes a pretty good chunk of time to run 20+ miles.  I just couldn't find those blocks.

It was weird to finish my 20 miler and know I was now "tapering"... yet, I hadn't really topped out.  Oh, I'll finish the marathon but it's not going to be a good one.

Of course, I'm already thinking about the next one...
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