Contemplating the Big Sur Marathon
I’ve been thinking about training for and running the Big Sur Marathon ever since I read about the stunning course along the Pacific ocean. I wanted to do it, probably before I’d ever even completed a 5 mile run. I’ve been enjoying running and ramping up my mileage, and lately, I’ve been seriously considering signing up for the 2011 race. My plan was to how I felt after my first half, and see if I felt like dedicating so much of my time to running for several months.
Maybe it isn’t the best first timer marathon. Check out the elevation profile (is that a mountain in the middle?):
The reason I want to do it is because I’m not sure I’ll run more than 1 marathon in my life, and I want to do this one. This may (or may not) be the only year it is in driving distance. I want to do this, despite the hills, despite the windy coast, despite the cost. Because of this:
Unfortunately, I may have to make my decision sooner than I thought. The course was 60% full as of last week, and the price goes up $25 at the end of this month. This race always sells out. Always.
My biggest concern is the increased mileage. I’m worried that my body won’t be able to handle it, and I’ll be forced to not run due to injury. I’d be out $135 for nothing. I’ve been running regularly for about 2 years, but my mileage has only been increasing since I finished school about 8 months ago. The farthest I’ve ever ran so far is 9 miles. I have no idea how my body will handle 20 mile training runs, topped off with base and speed training. The risk of deciding early is losing the money. The risk of deciding late is that it will sell out.
No matter what, I’ll have to decide before it is time to start training. My tentative plan is to see how the half marathon goes, and decide after that. Have you ever paid for a marathon (or any other event) before you were sure you could do it? Should I take the leap of faith? Or should I proceed with caution?