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Friday, November 22, 2013

The 2013 running season is winding down. I have one more race that I'm committed to, a 5 mile turkey trot Thanksgiving morning. I'm thinking about next year and I have a bunch of stuff lined up. A couple weeks ago I read about one of the "Mainly Marathons" 5 States Series and thought that since it's almost a year away, it's doable. Here are the particulars:

Oct 11: Bluefield, West Virginia
Oct 12: Bluefield, Virginia
Oct 13: Morganton, North Carolina
Oct 14: Seneca, South Carolina
Oct 15: Unicoi State Park, Georgia

Time limit: None, no runner left behind.
Walkers are welcome.
Participants need not do all five days.
Awards to those who come in last and to those doing their first marathon or half-marathon.

Start Times: 7:30am
Average Temperatures: Low: 45 High: 73
This will be at first light and, as a result, there will be no early starts.

Each runner will receive a separate medal for each day, one t-shirt and other good stuff.
Special medals to those who run all five.

I'm already registered for the Empire State Marathon on October 19th and I would like to finish that one in four and a half hours, but this series seems so low key, I'm considering it. All I'm really concerned about is the budget because in addition to about $500 in entry fees, there are the associated travel expenses. Before I even started thinking about financing this, I experimented a bit. I wanted to see if overdoing it would hurt me too much. So last week, my training runs consisted of five 10Ks and a half marathon at paces between 11 and 12 minutes. I felt fine afterward so I ran six very hilly half marathons this week at the same pace. I don't feel sore or tired and I did it on less than 2000 calories a day. During December, I'm going to concentrate on getting stronger and faster instead of on distance. Then there will be four 10 K races in January, so I'll see if any of that work pays off. The deadline for discount registration in the Appalachian Marathon Series is May 31st. So if I can run five twenty milers on five consecutive days during February or March without beating myself up too much, I'm going to try and budget the trip and aim for 5 to 6 hour finishing times.
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    Vinny, I just found this blog. Wow! That is going to be tough. You have the right strategy, going slowly on each run, but still that is a massive undertaking. Good luck to you, and keep up the good work.
    2404 days ago
    WOW! Talk about pushing the envelope! Hat's off to your awesome efforts!

    2444 days ago
    2446 days ago
    You. Are. Amazing.

    That was quite an experiment you set for yourself. Better to find out before investing in all those entrance fees . . . and you found out!
    2446 days ago
    Like Pastafarian I've seen people walk slowly at the end of "predict your time" races which defeats the spirit of the event.
    That said, I was marveling at doing 5 marathons in a row and then realized that they are on consecutive days. Now I'm speechless!
    2446 days ago
    Given there's no time limit, how do they stop people from competing for the DFL award and taking longer than the RD wants to hang around and wait? I know people who would go as slow as possible to win. (I see a lot of this in ultras but they all have time limits.)

    2448 days ago
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