Four marathons a year: Why not?

I am one of those people who would like to join the 50 States Marathon Club.

Just visiting all 50 states would be a great life goal, but it’s harder to get yourself to plan those trips if there’s not a specific reason to go.

(Especially to a state like, say, Wyoming. I don’t have a clue what’s there. I am sure it is scenic, but it’s not a top tourist destination.)

I love to travel, and I love to run, so this is the best of both worlds.

Repeating this marathon this year. How could I not?

When I initially decided to do this, I thought, “If I run a spring and a fall marathon every year, I’ll be done before I’m 50!”

But limiting myself to two marathons a year feels like a waste of training. You prepare for 16 weeks to run a marathon, and if you end the season there, you need to go through the whole mess again before you can rack up another one.

(Training: It’s hard, time-consuming, and not nearly as fun as racing.)

I learned last fall that if I run two marathons about a month apart, I have enough time to recover from the first one while still keeping my fitness. (I also learned that two weeks is not enough time between marathons.)

This will also allow for repeating states, and since I’ve already run three in Pennsylvania–and I’ll probably return to Philly when I finally feel ready to BQ–that’s important.

On the docket this year: California (again), Vermont (possibly), Virginia (almost definitely), and another late-November, early-December race TBD.

Any suggestions?


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2 Responses to Four marathons a year: Why not?

  1. Maya Fitz says:

    Good for you. I’ve ran 5 half-marathons, but never a full yet. It’s on my bucket list to do before I turn 40. I think it’s a great idea to do it all over the states. I would love to run the NY when I do my first 🙂 good-luck!

    • mgloftus says:

      NYC would be a good first one! I ran it in 2010, but I was going for a time, which was silly. That’s a race where you should really focus on taking it all in. The sheer number of people–runners and spectators–is insane.

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