It’s officially been one week since marathon day.
Although I promised nearly everyone around me that once the race was over I’d end my incessant marathon talk, I’m still running my mouth about it. I love reading others’ running and spectating recaps and reliving each moment of the course as they describe it perfectly:
Some runners upon crossing the finish line need a few weeks (or months) to let the memory of those tough miles fade away before they even start thinking about their next marathon.
I started thinking about mine a couple hours after I finished.
Marine Corps Marathon was such a learning experience for me. I learned the importance of proper fueling, the power of positive thinking, and the benefits of a successful training cycle. I’ve been thinking of how I’d eat differently (less Gu – more Shot Bloks), run differently (slow down more in the beginning miles) and train differently (add in a 22-23 mile run; focus even more on speedwork).
I am incredibly thankful I had such an amazing first marathon experience, and I’m looking forward to the next one. Here are a few races I have my eye on for 2012:
New Jersey Marathon – Long Branch, NJ – May 6, 2012
Marine Corps Marathon – Washington, DC – October 28, 2012
ING NYC Marathon – New York City, NY – November 4, 2012
Rock n Roll San Antonio Marathon – San Antonio, TX – November 11, 2012
I definitely am interested in running NJ since I’ll be able to visit my family and friends while I’m in town. Not to mention the fact I won’t have to train through the brutal Texas summer heat.
I’m not ruling out a double marathon year either. One spring, one fall? It’s not impossible. I think if I choose to run NJ, I may try San Antonio for the fall marathon since it would be more cost effective than traveling to the other two. Not to mention that the lottery could keep me out of NYC.
But I’d really love to run Marine Corps again. Seriously, I cannot get over how amazing the course, Marines, and spectators were.
Ahh I don’t know! So many choices…