I’ll start with my workout recap from the (It is short) –> I ran 11 miles last week and went to Refine Method twice. I had a solid tempo run so that is good news. Then I didn’t feel like running for the remainder of the week. I can’t explain it. I think i just got lazy.
Early Friday morning, I woke up to the following text from Jess, “Um… Our marathon just sent out an email that makes me believe it may not be a Boston Qualifying course any longer.” After further investigation, the email from the race director of the Run for the Red Pocono Marathon explained that they were completely blindsided by the Pennsylvania DOT’s decision to close a bridge which would cause the marathon course to change.
What does this even mean? A new course was mapped by the race director. It has the same elevation drop as the last course (approx. 1,400 feet loss) but the drop is over a shorter distance and is hillier. Great graphic thanks to Jess‘s wonderful art skills:
It also means that we have to wait until April 22 to see if the course will be certified. If it couldn’t be certified, it would potentially be canceled. Realistically, I am not yet capable of running a BQ time, but FOR FUN let’s say I did and it didn’t count, I probably wouldn’t be a fun person to be around.
Unlike the NYCM/Richmond Marathon fiasco/journey just 6 months ago, to avoid any type of stress and uncertainty, Jess and I decided to forgo running the Pocono Marathon. We will choose a race a bit further out and continue to kick ass in training, together.
Note: if you don’t want your marathon to be canceled, don’t sign up for the same race that we do. We are like the marathon plague.
Come back next week for Week 12 of marathon training workouts (I actually plan on running).