Once you put it out there on Facebook, you’re committed.
Honestly, this makes me very excited. My last marathon was before I got pregnant (December 2012) so I may as well get back at it.
I chose Lehigh Valley Marathon as a last ditch effort for Boston 2016. I ran it in 2011 and BQ’d so the race means a lot to me. It’s also a great course and a not-too-crowded one (although it has grown in popularity since 2011). I’m not sure yet what time I’ll be going for (PR is 3:41). With MAF training and missing out on the LOVE Run, I have no clue where my speed is right now.
Then there’s the Monster Mash Marathon in DE…5 weeks later. This was a deferral from 2014. If I can snag a PR/BQ at LVM, then maybe this will be a fun run. If LVM goes bad, then maybe this will be a redemption run.
I’ve never done 2 marathons so closely together but I think this will be my new standard (well…we’ll see). I love to run 2 marathons per year and generally do Spring and Fall but, after the winter we had and being sick, I don’t think I’d ever do another Spring marathon (outside of Boston, of course).
And then there’s the Philly Half Marathon…because I look forward to running it each year.
I’m taking the next 7 to 8 weeks to build my mileage back up to the 40 and 50s. Slow, gradual, and strictly adhering to the 10% rule. I’m still MAF training too. My intention all along was to continue MAF though May and then add some speed work back in when I began marathon training. Last week I hit 40 miles for the first time in over a month. And on Monday, after 2 weeks of thinking I was back to square one with MAF training, I was finally hitting my pre-bronchitis MAF paces. (And then I thought it was a fluke, but it wasn’t!)
I’m still mulling over how I want to train for these marathons. I’m tossing around the idea of following Pfitzinger’s 55-70 mpw plan, with some modifications. I find that I’m very bad at coaching myself after creating plans for clients all day. It totally falls by the wayside. Pfitzinger’s plan is pretty much where I would want to go with my training this time around. But we shall see 🙂