>A new goal

>After talking with Aaron about finding races to run in Korea, we opted to start training soon for the Seoul International Marathon next spring (March). This race has about 30,000 runners from all over the world, though most are Korean. You run through the city, among places of fame and history, and finish the race in the Olympic Stadium. Can you even imagine?

Entry is only $40, and the race has to be completed in five hours. That leaves us with about six months to train. That means my average pace needs to be about 11:45 to finish in five hours.

My goal when I started running 18 months ago was to finish a marathon by age 30. If we do this next March, that will be a month before my 25th birthday. How awesome would that be?

Here is the schedule I’d like to follow:

It assumes a person has been running for 6-10 weeks, and can run for more than 30 minutes at a time without stopping. Check and check. I have my 10K on Saturday. I plan on getting my nutrition down to a science, and then start training. Not sure if Aaron and I will run together. We will have to see what our race pace would be.
It would be cool to include a couple more races in the mix, maybe another 10K or a half marathon. And since the schedule is for 16 weeks, I can modify it to fill out about 26 weeks. Week 1 is very typical of what I can do now.
Gabriela and I ran last night at Detweiller. We did about 3.8 miles with a 10:00 pace. Felt great afterwards, like I could keep going for much longer. In fact, I didn’t really feel like I had a hard workout. When did I get to that point?! Feels great!!
I spent some time today making chili and spaghetti sauce. I will make the noodles later. I cooked up a pound of lean ground beef and a pound of ground turkey and used half and half in each recipe. The chili is amazing! Those two meals will be my lunches and dinners for awhile. I don’t mind eating the same things over as long as they’re good. And now that we’d taken an income decrease it serves us well to cook in bulk like that. Can’t wait to cook for my husband.

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