Two weeks ago, I was poised at my computer waiting for the Bayshore Marathon to open so I could sign up. That same day, I started my official marathon training. Let me back up a bit…
Even though I had a good race at NYC and BQ’d, I knew I was capable of more. Within a few days post marathon, I was contemplating a redemption race (and one with a bit more friendly course). At first I considered finding another race in 2014 to try again, but my heart wasn’t in it. My body was tired. I wanted to start over so I started thinking about a good spring option for 2015. I debated on Grandma’s Marathon or Bayshore Marathon…and after checking my work schedule and then confirming that Molly, Corey, and several other running friends would be there, Bayshore it would be.In addition to a marathon choice, I started training with a new coach. Coach Chris runs Rotelli Performance Racing and is also Rich’s tri coach. He was looking to add a few runners to his triathlete mix and it seemed like a good fit.
So it begins…2015 training. And don’t think I’ve just got another big marathon as my goal next year. I would also like to cross 10 new states off my list. I’m lucky that I have found another coach that gets my goals, trusts that I will run races for fun/as training and actually race when I’m supposed to.
So far this is the plan:
January/February: Arizona if I can swing it and/or find someone to join me
March 1st: Arkansas 1/2 Marathon
May 3rd: Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon (Ohio) I had original plans to do a double in Indiana but Coach Chris and I decided that wouldn’t be the smartest idea.
May 23rd: Bayshore Marathon (Michigan)
June 7th: Covered Bridges 1/2 Marathon (Vermont)
July 11th: Old Port 1/2 Marathon (Maine)
I’ve left the fall open for now. I have Marine Corps as a fall marathon option but not sure I will want to go that route. I’m also considering South Dakota, Missouri, Maryland, and Connecticut as a few other states for fall half marathons, but I’m trying to not get too ahead of things.
Have you thought about your goals for 2015? If so, what are they? Where are you running? Want to join me in at any of these races? Have you done any of these before?