I've decided to run the Niagara Falls Half Marathon on October 25th.
This event is famous for being the only marathon in the world to start in one country and finish in another. Marci raved about it last year and I put it on "my list."
I'd love to run the full marathon one of these days, but for now I'm sticking with the half (which starts and ends in Canada).
The Half Marathon course is flat for the first 17.6km (11 miles) and has a 55 ft. drop over the remaining 3.36km (2.1 miles). It is considered one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country.
Sounds good to me!
Hubby and I found a decent hotel deal and will be staying in Niagara Falls the night before. I made a reservation for dinner at this nice Italian place and it should be a nice weekend away.
This was my time from a half marathon 5 weeks post-marathon #1 around this time last year.
This would be a PR. Current record stands from Mississauga Half in May.
This is my ultimate goal - one that I originally hoped to achieve in 2010. Is it doable? I don't know, but I'm going to try.
I'm using an adaptation of the Multiple Marathoning 4-Week Schedule (includes recovery week) found in Advanced Marathoning. I'll spare you all the details, but this includes long runs of 18K/11mi and 24K/15mi (may reduce), three stride workouts, one interval workout (5x800) and one race pace workout.
I feel that I've recovered enough to dive into this, but I'm taking it on cautiously and will modify the plan if it feels like too much, too soon.
There is one challenge with respect to pacing myself for this race. Every mile will be marked along the route, but only every five kilometres. Eeek! Since my Garmin always ends up so far off during races, this doesn't give me a great way to guage my pace. I've become somewhat familiar with the conversions (thanks to all of my bloggie-buddies in the US!) but in general, I don't 'speak' miles.
The solution? I created my own custom pace band in miles here!
That seems fast!