The check is in the mail: I’m signing up for the Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon.
Why, when I increasingly prefer running trails, am I committing to a race that will have me running 204 laps on an indoor track?
I’m craving a mental challenge. I didn’t do as much long distance running in 2015, and I miss the kind of interior adventures that take place on long runs.
The race is only 8 weeks away, and I’m not starting out in the best of shape. But looking over my training log from the 2014 race, it seems doable – especially since I had only seven weeks to prepare for that race, coming off a year in which my longest run was 10 miles. (It was really more like six weeks, because that winter’s polar vortex wiped out nearly the first week of training.)
This time around, I’m going to try the 4:1 run/walk method employed by several people who beat me in the 2014 race. Based on my experiments with that on shorter distances (five to 15 miles), it’s generated faster times with less leg stress.
I’m a little nervous contemplating this. But mostly excited. I can’t wait to revisit the memory palace.