It’s that time of the post-marathon recovery phase. The time where I go CRAZY with not having a plan. A plan for a major future race and training. Help me focus on a what to do!
Ideas that are floating around in my head:
1) A Spring marathon that would be between mid-April and mid-May. Can’t do it earlier because of trial and vacation plans. I’m considering St. Louis (mid-April) or Eugene (end of April/beginning of May). But I’m flexible. Looking for something with reliably good weather (probably excludes St. Louis?) and where I could improve upon my time. Because even though I’m probably safe for Boston 2013 with 2 minutes 40 seconds under my BQ time, I’d be more comfortable if I were 5 minutes under so could register the first week. Anyone have Spring marathons on the agenda that I could consider?? And you Boston peeps, keep quiet. Don’t rub it in!
2) Focusing on half marathons in the late winter/early spring – trying to get my HM time super speedy so that I could potentially get a good corral for Chicago Marathon (which is on my radar for a Fall marathon). If I do this, I’d just pick local HM’s to race. There are a ton to choose from.
3) Doing number 2, but also adding in Grandma’s marathon in mid-June. Part of me doesn’t want to do Grandma’s marathon again because looking back I think I really develop issues with my IT band at Grandma’s because it is point-to-point in basically the same direction the entire way. I think the camber of the road screws with me because I have had issues both times I did it. Maybe I’d just try to get in the Grandma’s half through the lottery and make that be the grand finale to my Spring of Half Marathons?? The only thing that makes me nervous about JUST doing half marathons all spring is that then I’m really banking on my BQ time being good enough to get me in. Do you guys really think it is? I’m thinking it is, with the whole 5 minute drop down in times. But I want to be SURE!
4) In the immediate future my plans are a 5k for Meg’s CC team on 10/29 (but there is a very good chance I’ll be hung over, since the training group is doing a celebration the night before). Otherwise nothing. I’m thinking of doing a couple months of the Low Heart Rate training, if I could stand it??
Ugggggg. I need some direction! Someone tell me what to do!