Well, I've picked my second marathon! I'm planning on running the Washington's Birthday Marathon just outside of Washington DC in February. They haven't picked the date yet, but I'm thinking it will be held on the 21st--based on past years and a "hint" from the Race Director.
So, with that said, I start training on Monday. For my first marathon, I used Hal Higdon's Intermediate I training program and enjoyed it immensely. For this one I'm going to use Pete Pfitzinger's 18 week 55 mile plan. I'm really looking forward to getting started!
I think I've been suffering from post marathon blues the last 6 weeks or so. I've been kind of bummed out, even though I've run multiple events. They're events for me because I don't "race" anyone but myself. In fact, sin September 27th my weekends included the following (one per week): 5K, Trail 10K, Road 10K, Half-Marathon, and today another road 5k. Next Sunday we're running the "Spirit of Pittsburgh Half-Marathon;" I still feel kind of bummed. I think it was because I didn't have anything "big" planned.
After the Washington's B-day marathon, I'm running the Pittsburgh marathon on May 3rd. I'm going to follow Pfitzingers multiple marathon plan. Who knows, maybe I'll run Marathon Maniac criteria in the fall? Or better yet, maybe my first 50K.
Well, the next few months will be of new discoveries as I train for my 2nd full. This time I'm hoping to run sub-five hours. My first on a flat course was 5:12--this is not a flat course!
Stay safe, keep your soles to the ground, and keep moving forward.