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What Next?


After coming off the high of running a marathon the first thing many runners tend to do is look to what their is or should be. I’ve certainly done that often, signing up for a fall marathon less than one week after running my spring marathon on more than one occasion.

This year is different for me. I’m not looking toward what my next goal is. I have a more important issue to look forward to right now, the arrival of a new baby within the next month. I will get back to running before that happens but it will just be running to stay active and running home from work in the evenings because I can. 

I will also get around to getting the Chariot out and take my 3 year for some runs. I haven’t taken her out yet this year, partly due to the cooler weather we had been experiencing here before the recent heat wave that affected Race Weekend. I need to make a point of getting out for more adventures with her before she gets too heavy to run with like her older sister. 

Beyond that I am not sure what I will get up to in terms of running over the summer. If I do end up doing any races they will likely end up being last minute decisions. I guess if you can I have a goal for the next little while it really is just to keep active and stay in shape so I continue my annual gig as a pace bunny in the Army Run half-marathon. 

What Next?

The Philadelphia Marathon was the big race I was looking forward to and gearing all my training toward so far this year. For that reason I had not looked at doing any races after Philadelphia.

For the first time in a while I don’t have any upcoming races scheduled. It’s not that I did not want to do any other races this year but that I was so focused on Philadelphia. Who knows I may end up doing a shorter race here next month at this point I am not really thinking about it.

I’ll probably get back to running later this week, starting with some shorter easy runs, just running for myself without any particular goals in mind.

In terms of marathons, I plan to do another one. I have not given up on my goal of qualifying for Boston and plan to continue to work at it.

I haven’t decided yet but the most likely option would be to go for it at the Ottawa Marathon in May since I wouldn’t have to travel anywhere. For now I don’t have to rush the decision so I’ll take some time to consider options.

How soon do you look to register for your next race after completing your goal race for the year?