I just finished my registration for the Colfax Marathon that is being held on May 18 th, 2014 right here in Denver. I decided to run this marathon for several reasons. For one I definitely want to run another marathon so that I can take another stab at the 4 hour marker. If you don’t know, I ran the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon back in November, but I became sick 2 weeks before the race and actually ran the marathon while having an ear infection. I finished the marathon, but I had to let go any time goal because of the circumstances mentioned before. Other reasons are that this marathon is pretty much on my home turf and if you run marathons, running the one “at home” is probably a no-brainer. And another reason for me to run this marathon is cost. More about that later.
So, I just registered for this race and now have over 5 months’ time for training. Well, I do not want to train for 5 months, but I am planning to run a couple other races along the way. Five months is a long time and having nothing in between would probably affect my motivation – especially since I still consider myself fairly well trained from my last marathon and half marathon. I want to run another half marathon in January and then I want to run a half marathon in early February. From there I would start my training for the Colfax marathon – having roughly 3.5 months of time. That is about 2 weeks more time compared to the training cycle for the Las Vegas Marathon + I should be starting at a higher level due “being in training” for the two half marathons. And to top it all off, as always I am doing my daily Kosama workouts. My goal for the marathon training is to push my mileage up into the 50s more regularly and to top out in the sixty mile range. I am also going to buy the book for the Hanson’s Marathon Method as I really like their training method and I want to implement a few more pieces into my marathon training plan. The last time I borrowed the book from the local library, but now that I am running more races I think it is time to build up a small collection of important books for running marathons.
Marathon Training Plan
Registration for the Colfax Marathon was easy and the early bird registration fee was just $79 + processing fee + $7.00 for insurance (in case you get sick or to cover other unexpected reasons that would keep you away from running the Colfax Marathon). After my Las Vegas Ear Infection experience I thought that $7.00 for insurance is worth the expense. During the signup process they also offered a customized marathon training plan for $20.00, but I passed on that offer. For one my training routine includes the Kosama boot camp workouts and except for one training plan that I have seen, nobody else can marry the running with the boot camp workout. Second, I bought a full year access to the McMillan Pro Marathon training plan and videos and I plan on fully utilizing this subscription as much as possible. And third, my home-made training plan worked out fairly good and I think with some tweaking it actually turns out to be a great choice.
Colfax Marathon Denver
The Colfax Marathon in Denver offers some great highlights and I am looking forward to run this marathon accordingly. As an example, the marathon course leads through the Denver Broncos Mile High Stadium – twice. Marathoners will also run through the Denver Fire Station #1 which I think is totally cool. The course also covers about seven miles of urban lakes, rivers and creeks – including Cherry Creek and the Platte River, and Sloan’s Lake. If you have read my Las Vegas Marathon recap you might remember that there was a long stretch of running into the outskirts of Las Vegas just to cover mileage and that part of the race was very boring and so totally not exciting. At least from looking at the course map for the Colfax marathon this should be less an issue and so I am really looking forward to this event. And of course the Colfax marathon covers Colfax Avenue and downtown Denver as well. It sounds like it will be a fun race. May is a great time to be in Denver. The weather can actually be quite warm already (80s or even 90s are not unheard of), but it can also be freezing cold and snowy. I am hoping for moderate temperatures. I do expect an early morning race start (6.00 AM or something like this) and that works out great for me because I can model my long training runs following that start time.
Maybe this time I can even find some training buddies locally?! I am still thinking of joining a local running club, but are hesitating due to a $220 entry barrier – at the moment that would just add some unnecessary cost without seeing the necessary benefit coming from it. Don’t get me wrong, connecting with other runners locally would be a great thing, but at the moment the cost is a bit high for me and the track training that they do is on a day/time where I definitely cannot attend. The weekly Saturday runs might be more an option, but then again I cannot tell for sure if those fit into my marathon training. For now I will try to reach out “by hand” to other people and see if I find a couple folks doing Colfax as well.
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