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There’s something so exciting about sitting down and mapping out the next few months of racing. It’s filled with endless possibilities and dreams just waiting to be chased.
Now that Boston is over, I’ve been able to figure out what I want to do for the remainder of 2015. I was on the fence about training for a fall marathon, but I’m still riding the post-race high and have decided to use the momentum and keep plodding ahead.
May 16: Brooklyn Half Marathon – Pacing my friend, Jen! FINALLY running this race after years and years of signing up and then not running (pregnancy, family party, recovery from marathon)! The plan is to be in charge of time/pace – Jen will just focus on running – I will keep her on track with pace, grab her water and offer any pep talks that she may need – and hopefully not annoy the crap out of her!! Should be a fun way to celebrate her birthday (which was last week!).
May 25: Staten Island Advance Memorial Day 4 miler – I ran this race last year with my sister, Nicole, and knew that I would try to make it a yearly race.for me. It draws more than 1,000 runners to the pancake flat course along the Staten Island coastline.
June 20: Mayor’s Midnight Sun Half Marathon – My husband and I ran this race six years ago during my first visit to Alaska.
It’s mostly on the roads, but there was a section of a couple of miles on trails that was gorgeous! And I remember LOTS of climbing. I ran a 1:44:12, so hoping to get a pretty good course PR!
July-August-September: I’m on the search for a couple of races to use as tune-up / good workouts in the months leading up to my goal race. Most of the races I have come across, unfortunately, would require overnight trips (which I would prefer to avoid) or are on weekends where I already have an obligation. I am eyeing the NYRR Bronx 10 miler on September 27 – has anyone raced it before? Any thoughts?
October 11: Chicago Marathon – I will be running the Chicago Marathon side-by-side with Ruth, my “cadet”, as part of the 26 strong program. The pace will be a little slower than my normal long runs, so hopefully I recover quickly (more in line with a long run than a race) and can get another few weeks of training in before the taper for NYC starts.
November 1: NYC Marathon – So after much discussion with my coach and husband, I have decided to make the NYC Marathon my goal race this fall. I had initially planned on using NYC as a celebratory run after an early-October goal race, but I couldn’t say “no” to the 26 strong program opportunity – it was too rewarding and special to coach and run with my sister for her first 26.2 and I wanted to do it again this year. I briefly thought about doing an earlier or later marathon in addition to NYC and Chicago, but I think that would be just too much on my body and mind.
I’ve run this race three times already. I know the course. I have family and friends throughout the 26.2 miles. I get to sleep in my bed. I can literally drive to the start line (about 20 min away). After Boston, I know that I feed off the crowds. And I am stronger on hills than I give myself credit for. And even though it’s not an easy course to go for a PR, I think it is well suited for me. So, NYC it is. Chicago will be my last long, long run – three weeks out – which will give me time to recover, get another week or so of training in and then taper.
So that’s it! If you have any recommendations to fill that gap in the summer, please let me know!!
Anyone run Chicago before???
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