What’s next?

I’m about 2.5 weeks post-marathon and ready to start thinking about my next race. I am still riding that high from my 11-minute PR in Ridgway and trying to decide if I should jump right back onto a marathon training plan and shoot for another PR in the early spring or wait, do some base building and maybe even a speed block and then shoot for a PR at Grandma’s Marathon in June.

At the moment, I’m leaning towards waiting for June. Here’s why:

  • That fall. I have fallen twice while running over the last few weeks, with the last time during the Harrisburg Marathon. I’m clutzy but not usually that clutzy, so I’m worried that my legs are more fatigued than I thought. I also think I may need to work on picking my feet up a bit and a longer stretch between now and my goal race would give me more time to do that.


  • The buildup. While I’m torn between capitalizing on my recent PR and giving my body more time to recover, I can’t help but think that if I could PR in April, just imagine what I could do with two more months! I mentioned doing some base building and a speed segment but to be honest, I’ve never really done either of those before. I usually just jump from marathon training plan to marathon training plan. And if I’m really honest, I usually just go run a marathon and then go straight into the middle of the next plan. It’s no wonder it’s taken me so long to PR, right?? So I feel like sure, I might be able to PR in April, but I might be able to really crush it and PR if I wait for Grandma’s.


  • The weather. I moved to NW PA a few years ago and while I have adjusted just fine, I still have a bit of a hard time with the winters here. For the past two, I pretty much lived on my treadmill. I’m going to try to be a bit braver this year and get my butt outdoors whenever possible, but I’m still not sure that I want to conquer the meat of my marathon (hopeful PR) training in the dead of winter here. I’ve done twenty miles on a treadmill before but never with a time goal in mind.

So, there you have it. I may still change my mind and go for the gold in April, but at the moment the plan is to recover, rebuild, and really crush those goals at Grandma’s.