Thinking Out Loud: Plotting for Spring (Already?!)

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons again for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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It’s October 29th, and I’ve already set my sights on spring. Well, not spring so much as spring races.

I’ve been thinking about what race to run next before my first half marathon was even off my list. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out like I expected – races sold out, I traveled home unexpectedly, etc., etc. While I wish I had more races lined up this fall, I think it’s for the best. Training takes time, ya know? And I’ve really needed a flexible schedule as I chug away at my research and graduate thesis through December. I’m almost done. I’m almost done. 

When I do finish my master’s degree, I’m going to be ready to work toward something else. Here’s what I’m thinking:

I’m entering myself for the NYC Half (March 20, 2016) and trying to register for the Marine Corps 17.75K (April 2, 2016). If I get into one or both – awesome! I’ll treat both as training races or long runs for the big goal: the Glass City Marathon (April 24, 2016) in my hometown.

Why those first two races? NYC is a quick trip from DC, I have friends to stay with, and I’d love to run through that city. As for the 17.75K, it’s a unique distance, in my city, and I’d love a chance to run with the marines. Those of you familiar with this race also know that its completion guarantees an entry to the Marine Corps Marathon….

Which brings me to a quick fast forward even father in the future…fall 2016. First off, I’m getting married October 16th! This wedding planning business is still pretty overwhelming, but I can’t wait to marry my best friend on Mackinac Island. We’ll figure out what we want to race during that happy/crazy time in our lives as it gets closer 🙂IMG_5459

Sooo I have just over two months until I begin a marathon training plan. I felt comfortable following a standard novice plan from Hal Hidden for my half marathon, but I think I need (and want) a little more hand holding as I tackle 26.2 miles.

I’ve decided to purchase a coaching plan from Maximum Performance Running. I’ve read only good things about its services through Jen at Jen Chooses Joy, and I’m looking forward to getting a plan with a few more tools. I’m debating the 16 or 18 Week Marathon Custom Training Program!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about training for a marathon. I don’t want to push my body too hard too soon. I want to be smart, but I also really want to make this dream a reality – carefully, thoughtfully and intentionally.

Anyone else thinking about/secured their spring races?

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3 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: Plotting for Spring (Already?!)”

  1. I need to start thinking about races next year! Like you, I’m getting married next year too (May!) but luckily we’re just going to Belize and having a ceremony with the two of us, so there’s not really much planning to do. I’m also signed up for the SeaWheeze half in Vancouver which I’m excited for!

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    1. That’s so exciting – congratulations! And I’m so jealous. That race looks like so much fun and in such a beautiful place. I’m going to try registering early next year 🙂

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