First time in 16 weeks that my Monday post doesn’t have something to do with marathon training – very weird!
A big question that comes up after one completes their first marathon is: will you do it again? My answer has been a strong “yes” – but when and where that will happen is unknown at this time. I firmly believe that my take on marathons is that they are life experiences and I should try them as such. Meaning, I am more likely to pick marathons that are big events and have some sort of meaning. NYC Marathon was a huge life bucket list for me. Even before I really got into running, I knew about the NYC Marathon and thought it would be cool to run it one day. I think I had more knowledge of NYC than Boston. I tried to get into NYC when I was just running 5K’s – and had to wait 4 long years to finally run the race. Running the NYC Marathon is a really great way to get into running marathons – the experience cannot be beat!
So what marathon is next?
Well, the first big component is that I do not enjoy winter running and it is very hard for me to run long runs in my neighbourhood in the winter. My sidewalks are covered in ice from December until March (like solid inch or two of ice) and running on the road is only an option on a few side streets. Last year, I would run circles through my condo corp! I can basically get an 8K run in during the winter months. Whatever marathon I choose will probably be a Fall marathon. It also helps with having the summers off and having way more time. A big reason why I developed a stress fracture last year was because I rushed my workouts and broke the 10% rule.
I think I will be putting my name in the NYC pool again for next year – the odds of getting in are not good, so even if I don’t really want to run NYC again and try another race, I will keep putting my name in. Chicago would be another fun race to run – but they have also moved to lottery registration and the cost to run that marathon would be rather high since I would have to fly out to Chicago. The Marine Corps marathon would also be lots of fun but would probably involve a flight as well. The closest of the “big marathons” is actually Boston, and with that I will say ‘LOL’. The other race I am considering is the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – it is flat and fast, fairly easy to get to, and it seems like all my friends run the race – so, it seems like a logical choice. It is also significantly cheaper since I could easily stay at my parents house – although I would probably get a hotel the night before as my experience with driving for The Yorkville Run was not a good one. The good thing about STWM is that it doesn’t fill up quickly. I actually think that it didn’t even sell out last year. So, I could totally just decide last minute whether I want to run the full or the half marathon (half is most definitely happening)
With all that babbling and thinking while typing – I’m pretty sure that the plan is to try for NYC again and if not *maybe* run STWM!
My tentative plans for the 2015 Race Season are:
– As many MEC 5K races as I can: cheaper races and now I am just trying to improve my 5K time
– Ottawa Race Weekend 10K – time to return to the 10K and smash my PB. I will most likely be volunteering at a water station on Sunday
– Around the Bay 5K: I really enjoyed this race last year and since P is away for robots that weekend, it is usually a perfect excuse to visit the parental units (hi mom!). The 30K would be fun, but yeah…no.
– Some inStride events – I’m hoping to help out at the Manotick Miler and Beer Run again – so much fun!
– Army Run: Most likely returning to the 5K, unless I decide to run another full marathon
– Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – either the half or the full.