Sunday, May 17, 2009

What's Next?

A lot of people have been asking me if I'll be running a fall marathon this year. The answer to that is "no." Why not? You may ask. The are 2 reasons: 1) I think my wife and daughter would kill me if I told them I wanted to start training again. Now that my marathon is over, I'm looking forward to enjoying the summer with them. For the past 2 years I have not enjoyed the summer with my family because every Sunday was dedicated to training and recovery. My family is so supportive of me and my hobby (OK, it's more like an obsession). I owe it to them to be around and enjoy the summer as a family. 2) The Jewish holidays in the fall, all come out on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is already off limits to me, but what this means is that there are 4 consecutive Sundays in late September and early October what I will not be able to get my long runs. That are way too many Sundays to miss in the middle of a fall training cycle.

So the question still remains....."What's next?" Here's my tentative plan:
  • I'm going to use the rest of the month recovering from the NJ Marathon and building some solid base miles. I also just want to run for the fun of it. No racing, training plans to follow, etc... just run because I enjoy it.
  • I hope to return to Nike Speed in June. I am missing the track workout but I know I need to recover.
  • I will be running with a group from work in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge on June 11.
  • Barring any family Father's Day plans, I hope to run the 10th Annual Father's Day Against Prostate Cancer on June 21.
  • After that, my next race won't be until October 18 when I'll run the Inaugural Asbury Park Marathon Relay. I'll be running it as a team of 2 with Allen G. We will be running against 2 other teams of co-workers as a friendly competition.
There you have it. Isn't it amazing how I can take the time to plan our running calendars so far ahead but can't do that for the non-running part of my life?

1 comment:

Robert James Reese said...

Your summer will definitely be more relaxed without the marathon training.

And, I know what you mean about the running schedule. I'm already planning races to run in the fall of 2010, but I don't even know where I'll be living then...