Thursday, December 10, 2009

Spring Marathons: It's Not Too Late!

Have you been putting off registering and training for that spring marathon? Well, it's not too late, but you better act now! Most marathon training plans last 16-20 weeks. Some marathons have a cap on the number of runners so, races may be filling up fast. For a few, registration may already be closed. Listed at the bottom of this post are links to several great spring marathons to check into, if you don't already have one in mind.

If your marathon is out-of-town, it can get expensive really quickly! For 10 penny-pinching tips for your marathon trip [click here].

Remember, prior to beginning your marathon training, you should have a solid base of weekly mileage. If you're a newbie to running, a spring marathon is probably not an option. It would be best to build your mileage and shoot for a fall 2010 or spring 2011 marathon.

Listed below are RRCA's base-building recommendations for the following groups of marathoners:
Beginning Marathoner: Six months of running experience and a base of 20 miles per week
Recreational Marathoner: Experienced runner, may have run one or more marathons; has a base of 25-30 miles per week
Intermediate Marathoner: Experienced runner, may have run one or more marathons; has a base of 30-40 miles per week
Advanced Marathoner: Experienced road racer with previous marathon experience; has a base of 50 miles per week

Date: March 20 Place: High Point, NC
Date: March 20 Place: Washington DC
Date: March 21 Place: Cary, NC
Date: March 21 Place: Virginia Beach, VA
Date: March 21 Place: Atlanta
Date: March 21 Place: Los Angeles, CA
Date: April 17 Place: Charlottesville, VA
Date: April 17 Place: Salt Lake City, UT
Country Music Marathon (I've run this race. Fun race! Well Organized!)
Date: April 24, 2010 Place: Nashville, TN
Date: April 24, 2010 Place: Roanoke, VA
Date: April 25, 2010 Place: Big Sur, CA
Date: May 2, 2010 Place: Cincinnati, OH
Date: May 2, 2010 Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: May 2, 2010 Place: Eugene, OR
Date: May 16, 2010 Place: Cleveland, Ohio
Date: May 16, 2010 Place: Tannersville, PA
Date: May 30, 2010 Place: Burlington, VT
San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (I've run this race. Awesome! Well Organized!)
Date: June 6, 2010 Place: San Diego, CA
Date: June 19, 2010 Place: Anchorage, Alaska
Date: June 19, 2010 Place: Duluth, Minnesota


gene said...

yahoo! my intended "First" made the list! Key Bank Burlington, in Vermont. should be a great time!
thanks, as always, for the advice!

The Boring Runner said...

I'm 100% doing RnR san diego. Glad to hear it is well run. I'm on the fence about country music, only because I want a break between martigras and san diego. :)

RunnerDude said...

Hi Gene! Awesome! I've not run Key Bank, but I've heard good things about it from other runners! Let me know what you think of the course and race and best of luck!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Adam! Awesome! You'll love RnR San Diego. Beautiful course! Beautiful city. Great weather! If Country Music isn't in the plan for this year, you should try for it in 2011. Another good race. Kind of hilly though, but fun!

Anonymous said...

I'll be at the Shamrock :) Hope to see lots of bloggers!

RunnerDude said...

Hi onelittletrigirl! I've heard aweseome things about Shamrock! It's definitley on my to-do list!
You know you have a great idea....sevearl of "us" bloggers should pic a marathon to train for and run together. Be awesome to meet all you guys and gals!

Sally HP said...

I'm just training for my first half-marathon, which is scheduled for June and was searching for marathons I could train for that would be next Spring and found your blog. I love it! I'll be following you!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Sally! Welcome to the blog!! Best of luck on your half! Keep me posted on the full marathon you choose for next spring!