Because Just Any Old Marathon Isn’t Challenging Enough . . .

I registered for “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.


I’m officially registered for The Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanke, Virginia on April 18, 2015.

What makes it so tough?

  • 7,430 feet of elevation change during the 26.2 miles.
  • Running up and down THREE MOUNTAINS during the 26.2 miles.
  • Running downhill.  That sounds easy, in theory.  But it hurts.

blue ridge elevation

Those are MOUNTAINS in that course profile.

This marathon has also received 5 star reviews from and has been added to many an article about “bucket list” marathons.  It’s been billed one of the most gorgeous marathons.  It’s been put to the test by Competitor Magazine.

blue ridge

An excerpt from a blog of a runner  (“Let It Ache”) who ran it last year:

Then we make a turn out of town, then up this hill.  The hill which started at mile two didn’t end until mile 7 – fucking unreal.  4 miles into this bitch, I am thinking you can’t be serious as I am keeping a around a 10 minute mile.  Mile 6 approaches and the legs are feeling it as we continue to go up and we hit this 180 turn and all I see is a road with a 30% incline, just sick…

Sounds fun, huh? 🙂

So WHY in the world did I register for this marathon?

  • I wanted a marathon where I wouldn’t be tempted to race.  I’m getting sick of the training that goes with BQ attempts and being dissapointed when I don’t hit my BQ time. If I put in months of training, I don’t want to walk away from the marathon feeling disappointed.
  • I wanted a marathon in April so that I can take time off after it and be back running by mid-May.
  • I wanted to travel somewhere cool, so that even if the marathon ends up sucking, the travel will be an experience.
  • I wanted a new training challenge.  Something that would force me to train differently than I’ve done before.  I am a decent up hill runner.  But I do not know how to run downhill.  So this will challenge me.  I’ve been reading up on hill training and running and have lots of training ideas.  I am excited because in addition to the running and hill training itself, training for this will force me to focus on my core, my hips and my glutes.  All areas where I need focus and help.
  • And the biggest reason:  I wanted to do something that challenges me in a way that scares me.  Life is about doing things that challenge and scare you. 🙂 And believe me, the hills (up AND down) in this marathon scare me.

So there you have it.  Marathon #14 is on the schedule.  🙂

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