The 2nd Asheville Marathon is about 21 weeks away on March 16, 2013. It is run on the grounds of the beautiful and behemoth (8,000 acre!) Biltmore Estate and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier race (for 2015). Here is a link to the qualifying times. The course is a mix of paved and dirt trails so it’s easy on the joints along with being fairly flat to rolling. This is a great 1st marathon and in an amazing location during a great time of year!
I was invited to be an Asheville Marathon Ambassador which means I’m advertising the race, signing people up (use my name :), getting a local Birmingham training group together with the help of some experienced marathoner friends (thanks Donna & maybe Dan!), blogging about race nutrition/injury prevention, and hopefully running the thing in 5 months. Your first question is probably, “WHY would you want to torture yourself like that?” If you know me well or even if you don’t, you know that I like to push myself and experience new things. You also probably know that I have struggled to stay injury-free since I started running/biking/swimming again 2.5 years ago. So although I’m not healed I am a woman on a mission to learn to cope with almost constant pain and maintain an active lifestyle, while hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
My hope is to inspire others to set goals, find support, and achieve those goals. You’ll never know if you can until you TRY. So who’s up for a marathon?!
We will begin training this Monday, October 21, 2013, with an informational meeting/email on Sunday or Monday. There will be 2-3 different pace groups, one of which will be doing run/walk for the LSD – long slow distance runs on the weekend. We will give out training schedules and try to meet/run as a group 1-2x/wk (at least for the LSD weekend run). I’m setting up a Facebook page so we can share our strengths and struggles along the way as well as to maintain some accountability.
My pacing group will be using Jeff Galloway’s Marathon Training Plan which is a gradual build of mileage with short week day runs for those of us who are either first-time marathoners and/or injury prone. I am so fortunate as to be BOTH.
As another incentive to participate, we will invite runners to raise money for a cause. Those participating from Baptist Church of the Covenent will choose a ministry to fundraise for such as the Capital Campaign, Youth Program, SouthTown Leadership,etc. One way to do this is ask someone to sponsor 1 to 26.2 miles of your race OR commit an amount to each mile you train leading up to race. We will keep a log of each person’s miles so that you and your sponsors can see how far you’ve come and how far you’ll go during the next 5 months!
Contact me if you’re interested in joining the group. When you register for the race, please mention my name so our group gets credit. Let’s bring a big ‘Bama group to the Mountains!