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Jan 25, 2011

It's official!

It's official!  I'm starting to become a marathon runner.  Well, oh, I just started my Hal Higdon training program so I only did 3 miles today but it has begun!  I'm not sure what I'll write about once I'm done with this marathon.  Just to recap, I am doing the Bayshore Marathon.  This is a small marathon up in the upper part of the lower peninsula of Michigan in Traverse City.  When I say small, it's about 2,000 runners for the marathon and 2,000 for the half marathon.  Large enough to be well organized but small enough that I'm not bumping into people the entire way.  It should have a gorgeous view of the bay since we run out and back on it.  Here a picture of the route:

 all on the water!
I'm hoping the water will take my mind off the running - at least for the second half of the race.  Also, nice is the half marathoners starts at the half way point so it will not be too crowded at the start.  Hopefully I picked a good first one.

Also, if you have not already, please don't forget to sign up for the virtual 5k.  You can comment on today's post or you can comment on the 5k post.  We have 40 people running right now.  Remember, you don't need to run just 5k.  You can run this as part of any run you are doing that day as long as it's at least 5k long.

Also, I see that I have some new followers and welcome to the blog.  I hope you enjoy it and learn something about running(although I'm no expert by any means)

Have a great day and......Keep Running!

31 comments:

  1. Jeff, you are going to love Bayshore. I've taken a team up there the last five years and it is gorgeous.

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  2. Good luck on your marathon training! Although I know you won't need it.

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  3. That course looks beautiful!! The countdown has begun!! ;)

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  4. Looks like a course with potential!

    Congrats on the process, enjoy every minute:)

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  5. That sounds like a great first marathon! Some of my best races have been in MI. Best of luck with the training.

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  6. That's awesome! You're gonna do great. Best wishes with your training!

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  7. oooh, I am planning on using Hal Higdon for my marathon training starting in June. Keep us posted how you like it!

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  8. Here's to hoping we have cool weather! Last year it was about 65 degrees at the finish. Not too bad at all.

    Between the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and the amazing homes along the bay, we will have a lot to look at!

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  9. Commence trainnage!!!!!!!!! :)

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  10. Way to Go to committing to a marathon! Woot! Woot!

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  11. Congratulations!! I'm running my first marathon this year too but not until Oct. I broke out into a cold sweat just registering for the thing! Traverse City will be a treat to visit. I hope you can enjoy some extra time up there before/after your race. Look forward to following your training :)

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  12. Hooray for training!! Looks like a great course.

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  13. I used Hal's schedule and it was great.

    That marathon looks perfect. I ran in a similar size one for my first (Napa) and was very happy I did...enough others for inspiration, but not too much hustle and bustle!

    Enjoy the training!

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  14. Congrats on officially starting!! Looking forward to following your training! Best of luck!

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  15. sign me up for the virtual 5K....gotta represent Kansas...

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  16. Congrats on the marathon plan official start!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Congrats, Jeff!! I've heard it's a great marathon!

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  18. Can't wait to hear all about it. That marathon is on my list of potential Michigan races...

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  19. Yay for training!!! I just signed up for your 5k : )

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  20. I agree with Ken. It's super gorgeous running along the penninsula. One word of advice is that parking for packet pick up last year was super crazy. They had a Girls on the Run event the same time as the packet pick up, so people started getting creative with parking. I think I cried after circling the place for 20 min without any luck.

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  21. Looks like a great run - enjoy it! Oh, and enjoy the training, too - even when it sucks. A marathon is a journey - have a blast!

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  22. the feeling that a new training plan brings is awesome. yay for being in training :) i guess i am too. eeek. but in a good way

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  23. yay for staring the training!!! i love following a training plan. i always feel more in control and upbeat about my running when its all laid out for me.

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  24. That is the perfect sized race. I try to stay away from the big ones.

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  25. Best of luck! remember to listen to your body as that mileage builds.

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  26. Stephanie - hoping for great weather

    Alma - yes, be up there all weekend. Good luck with yours.

    Oz Runner - Ok, will will add you.

    Run Jess Run - Thanks for the tip. My family will be there too so they can just drop me off if needed.

    Chris - I thought I would start with a smaller one. I really want to do NY, MCM, Chicago but they are not in the budget

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  27. I love that you're running this race! I definitely want to do it one day.

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  28. Congrats!! Starting is the first step. I won't say that you'll never regret it, but you WILL enjoy the end result. Guaranteed.

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