Ok, I think I can make it official now. I have been playing with this crazy idea for a few weeks now and I could not find anything that would make me change my mind – even though I know that this is really crazy and challenging. I just registered for two additional marathon races, but by itself this is not really that news-worthy. I am now registered for three marathons and they are on back-to-back-to-back weekends. The three races are within a 15 day period starting with the Colfax Marathon on May 18, 2014.
I had already registered for the Colfax Marathon (which is here in Denver) several weeks ago, but then I figured why not use this marathon training cycle to run more than one race?! After all the training for a marathon is pretty time consuming, quite costly, and so I figured why go through all of this effort for “just one” marathon?! I started doing some research about runners who ran more than one marathon in very short time frames. Sure, there are those “crazy” people who run 365 marathons in one year or runners who run one marathon per week for an entire year, but that type of running is certainly out of my league. But during my research I found actually many other runners who do run back-to-back marathons or several marathons in shorter than normal time-frames. For casual runners the recommendation is to run one or two marathons per year and to have at least four weeks of recovery after a marathon.
Then I found enough runners who run 5 or 6 marathons per year, but they usually have a couple of weeks recovery built into their training cycles. So, it still seems running three marathon on three consecutive weekends is fairly rare. Sign me up!
During my research I also found a website called “Marathon Maniacs”. Running several marathons in a short period of time is something special and Marathon Maniacs is a community built around running marathons … a lot of marathons. As a matter of fact, Marathon Maniacs brands itself as the “World’s Most Insane Running Club”. Running “my” three marathons would get me into this running club at the Silver Level – which is the second lowest level out of nine. I almost fell off my chair when I read the requirements for the other levels. After reading the qualification requirements I definitely agree that running multiple marathons in a very short time frame is pretty insane and still – it is cool at the same time. I am always good for a decent challenge and this is right up my alley. Let’s do it.
I continued to play with the overall idea and also ran it by my wife (who responded unexpectedly positive) and my mind was pretty much made up. My wife actually said “Oh cool – we can turn this into a mini vacation and head out of town for an extended weekend”. Now I just had to find matching races. I had already signed up for the Colfax Marathon which is on May 18th, 2014. So, I had to find races either before or after May 18 and to keep the cost down I wanted to run races locally to Colorado. There are actually a ton of marathon races in Spring here in Colorado which made it almost easy to pick a race and a location. I went through the different event calendars for marathons and came up with a short list of races which then actually turned into the final list fairly quickly.
I will run the following three (3) marathons:
- May 18: Colfax Marathon – Denver, CO
- May 26: Vail Valor Marathon – Vail, CO
- June 01: Steamboat Marathon – Steamboat Springs, CO
I live in the Denver Metro Area (altitude at my house: ~5,900 ft.) and so Colfax should be “easy” from an altitude perspective. Vail and Steamboat Springs are up in the Rockies. Vail is about 2,000 feet higher than where I live and train and Steamboat Springs is roughly 1,000 feet higher than where I live and train. I am sure I am going to feel the altitude difference in Vail, I am not sure how much I will notice the difference in altitude in Steamboat Springs. Vail is about two hours of driving and Steamboat Springs is about a three hour drive. My goal is to run Colfax like a normal marathon trying to hit the four hour marker. That was my original goal for Las Vegas, but missed it by 29 minutes due to being sick. My idea for Vail and Steamboat is to run those marathons for the experience and fun. I want to enjoy those two marathons as much as possible. The Steamboat Marathon is even labeled as one of the Top 10 Destination Marathons in North America and is being held for 33 years already. Vail’s Memorial Day Marathon is called the Vail Valor Marathon and is part of their Memorial Day Running events. Therefore I consider this a very special marathon event and are eager to run this race on Memorial Day.
It is definitely an ambitious endeavor and I am very excited about it. I know it will be taxing, but I hope I am sure it will be rewarding as well. I will start my official marathon training cycle in February which gives me up to four extra weeks of marathon training compared to my very first marathon last year. And of course I will blog about my training and race experience here on Colorunner.com.