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Back at it: Setting New Goals

I took a much needed break from everything for about a month after the Ironman as I let my body and mind heal. However, I jumped back in quickly when my husband signed me up for a 5K at the conference he was attending. It turned out to be the “kick in the pants” that I needed to get me back at it! I had not really done any swimming, biking, or running in weeks, but had a great race and won my age group at the event.  I was so happy that day after the race and realized how much I truly do love running.

(My prize for winning my Age Group, $25 LL Bean Gift Card!)
I had already signed up for the 70.3 Ironman event for June 2016, but that just seemed so far away, and I was itching for another goal.  My mind turned to running and how much I enjoy long distances. I had contemplated running the full Maine Marathon back in June, as I thought that I would be fresh out of the Ironman and have 6 weeks to rest , recover, then do the Marathon. The same week that I was going to sign up for it was the week I had my Bike Accident, which derailed a lot of the remainder of my training.

As I was contemplating this, it occurred to me that the Disney Marathon might be a great winter goal! I have done the race twice in the past and loved it!  Our family was supposed to go on a trip to San Diego in late October, but we ended up canceling due to school, work, and extracurricular commitments that would make it difficult. Anyway, Disney would be a great alternative and get us out of the brutal Maine winter for a bit. I checked out the Run Disney website and was thrilled to see that the Marathon was still open for registration. Next up, convince the husband that it was a good idea! 🙂 Check!! That step was pretty easy, but he was hoping to run the 1/2 marathon there, but it had already filled up.  Of course, my kids are thrilled at a trip to Disney World, so no problem there. I did tell them that they are “in training” too,  as they will be running the Magic Mile the day before the Marathon.

I am so excited to have this new goal to reach toward. I was not sure where I was with running distances, etc. after the Ironman since my training course was so altered. I started back to running with some 6 and 8 milers that went very smoothly. On a whim, and very last minute, I decided to run the Maine 1/2 Marathon 2 weeks ago. I had no idea what pace I could run it, etc. as the longest run I had done was 8 miles in the past 6 weeks, but decided to just go out and run at my comfort level. It was a beautiful Fall day here and I am so glad I did it! I started out a bit too fast, but reeled myself in quickly, as it was “training” and I wanted to finish happy!  I ended up finishing in 2:05, which was one of the slower half marathonsI have done, but I was thrilled to have a solid run. It also gave me the information I needed to know where to start my official Marathon training.

(Post Maine Half Marathon)

I contemplated a few different plans, but have decided to go with the 12 week/55 mile Pfitzinger & Douglas plan from their book Advanced Marathoning. The plan is fairly intense, but I am going into it with an open mind and some loose goals for the race itself. I start the plan next week, so I will be sharing my progress and training here!

Have you ever done a Half or Full Marathon? What is your favorite training plan?

Happy Running!

Angela Campos

Friday 16th of October 2015

Thank you so much! Congratulations on your first Marathon, such an accomplishment!! I'm looking forward to my training and sharing my experiences, I'm so happy you are following along. Let me know if you ever have any questions! Happy Running!! :-)


Wednesday 14th of October 2015

I'm excited for you - what a fun goal to train for!!! I just finished my first marathon (Twin Cities) as a back-of-the-pack'er, and it was awesome. I'll look forward to your race review, as I can see this being a goal for the future. Good luck with the training!!!! :)