2011 MCM, my first full marathon

It’s put up or shut up time for me. I have a running coach scheduled for 2011. I’ve completed a half marathon ahead of my goal time. The next step really can’t be anything other than a full marathon.

But which one?

I come from a military family. We have people in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. I may not be one of them, but I grew up in that world and respect it. The choice is clear: the Marine Corps Marathon, 30 Oct 2011, will be my first full marathon.

I have 11 months to get my distance from 14mi to 26mi. I have a time goal of 4:30 for now, but I hope to be able to revise that down as low as 4:00 if my training next year goes well.

My other running goal for 2011 is the Florida 15K Challenge, which is the completion of three 15km runs: the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa Bay on 26 Feb, my fourth Gate River Run in Jacksonville on 12 Mar, and the Miracle Miles here in Orlando on 24 Sep. For the Gasparilla run I can substitute in their half marathon and still meet the challenge.

I have an actual running calendar. That feels so strange.