Happy Tuesday! I meant to blog all weekend and just never got any free time to sit down and do it. We did have lots of fun family time, which was much needed and much enjoyed. :)
I am back to running again everyday, although just short, easy miles for the rest of this week. I am really happy with how my body is feeling. The soreness and heaviness from after the marathon is gone and my energy levels are feeling much more normal. (Don't you love that "hit by a train" tiredness that comes a day or two after a hard race?)
Mentally I am in a great place. I am very content, happy, and grateful with how everything went in Tallahassee. Of course I am frustrated with my stomach issues (will post an update after some tests and appointments coming up) but I am very happy with how I ran, and with how I felt physically and mentally. It felt so good to race well and to feel strong. Even when it hurt and even when I was so very tired in the final miles, I loved it. I loved running. I loved the marathon. I loved racing.
So now I am looking ahead with excitement and joy. I am excited to get back to training. I am excited to continue to make progress. I am excited to race again. And I am SO very grateful that I am able to do this. I am grateful for a healthy and strong body, a determined heart and spirit, and all the love and encouragement I get from so many.
It was decided that I would race three marathons this year. Tallahassee was the first, and I have decided for sure that Chicago will be the third (on Oct. 13). I had been planning on running the San Diego Rock n Roll on June 1 as my race in the middle, however some conflicts have come up with our family schedule and I am weighing other options.
I am waiting for some feedback from Sage, but here is the list I am considering and I would be super grateful for any feedback any of you have on any of these races. :)
May 12 - Cox Providence Marathon (Rhode Island) The pro's are that it is a fast course at sea level and the weather should be great. Rhode Island is close enough to Long Island that I am pretty sure my parents would come. The con for this one is that is the soonest, and would only leave me with 12 weeks of training. Also, it is on Mother's Day. I would love getting to see my parents on Mother's Day, but it would be sad to not be with my kids.
May 18 - Fargo Marathon (North Dakota) This is a flat, fast course that typically has good running weather. I have a few friends running it that I could share a hotel room with. It is a very well-reviewed race from what I can see. The only downside is that it is only 13 weeks out from next week.
May 19 - Green Bay Marathon (Wisconsin) This is another course that looks great. It was cancelled because of a crazy heat wave last year although I think that the weather is normally good. Timing is the same as Fargo.
May 25 - Bay Shore Marathon - I missed registration for this one, but got on
the wait list and they let runners transfer entries so I imagine I will be able to get in if I want to. The course and weather look great and I have a friend that is also running. 14 weeks of training.
May 26 - Med City Marathon -
Smaller sized race, but lots of good reviews (and I really liked the
smaller race size and low-key feel at Tallahassee). 14 weeks of
training. Course and weather look good and someone I would love to spend time with lives on the course and has offered to let me stay with her.
June 9 - Utah Valley Marathon -
16 weeks of training. This is a local race for
me (about 3 hours away). It starts at 6000 ft elevation (all the others
are at much lower elevation). The course drops 1500 ft from start to
finish and I typically run very well on these types of courses (my quads
hold up fine), although there are some uphill sections as well. It
starts early and up a canyon so temps are cool. Those who have been reading here for awhile know that I ran this last year and
it was my one and only DNF ever. It was a horrible day for me. Conditions were perfect but I had no energy at all and hit the wall at
mile 8 (seriously - mile 8) and things started to hurt and cramp and affect my gait after that.
Part of me never wants to see the course again, and part of me wants
Then there is San Diego Rock n Roll (the original plan) on June 2. 15 weeks of training. The weather will likely be warmer than I would choose, although isn't supposed to be too warm. They are announcing a new course this week. I do get a free entry to this through Brooks and have an awesome teammate to room with that I would love to get to hang out with. I probably can make this work with our schedule if we decide this is the best race for me, but it isn't ideal with our family calendar. I am not a Rock n Roll lover or hater, and this San Diego race gets better reviews than most of the RnR races.
Since I am only racing three marathons this year I want to make the most of each of them and run the races that have the best potential for me to have a fast time (although there are never any guarantees of course). Ok smart people! Please give me some advice! Thanks!!!