A lot of you know that registration for SeaWheeze 2017 was last Wednesday. Danielle and I went back and forth about whether or not we should go back (Jess doesn’t often repeat races so we knew she wouldn’t register again). It’s such a good time and we have so much fun together when we are there. We decided Wednesday morning that we both wanted new experiences next year. I’ve done the race four times and even though it remains the most fun half marathon EVER, I think it’s time to spend my time (and money) running in new places. I’m hoping to get into Chicago next fall and I know that it is going to be an expensive trip so I think I’d rather focus on and save for that. Who knows, maybe Danielle and I will end up somewhere else in the world together!
Anyway, chatting with one of my coworkers today had me thinking about my plans for next year. We both agreed that after weeks and weeks of training, the freedom of exercising when you want feels nice…for a limited time. No set schedule, no required number of miles, no plan. Sleeping in and taking multiple rest days in a row is “allowed”. IT’S FANTASTIC. If I’m being honest, I’ve only worked out once since New York…and I’m okay with it. I thought I’d jump back on the wagon sooner but for no reason at all, I didn’t…
…and then the time comes where I crave structure and routine again. I see other people training and racing and I’ve starting to get the itch. I want workouts with purpose and I want to plan for my next big race. Some of my current thoughts have been –
- I don’t want to run much outside in the winter
- I do want to run a spring race
- I need to build a strong base before I start a new marathon training program
- I’d prefer a race outside of Toronto, but not too far and not too expensive
- A BQ course is necessary…because *wishful thinking*
So, considering all of the above, I think I may run the Ottawa Marathon next May 28th, 2017 because…
- Training would start on February 5th so yes, it’s still going to be cold AF but mileage is still pretty low in the first few weeks of training so I can probably get away with running on the treadmill
- I have a little over two months to do some serious strength training while keeping a decent running base (aiming for 20-25 miles a week)
- I can easily drive to Ottawa so the only major cost would be my accommodations
- It’s a Boston Qualifier and the course is super flat
BOOM. Ottawa looks like a winner. Next year is a big year for Canada (150) so being in the capital and running a marathon seems like a pretty cool thing to do.
Fun fact: Ottawa was my very first marathon six years ago. It left me feeling defeated so it might be time for redemption! 😉
Anyone else have their eyes on a spring marathon yet??
Also – HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY AMERICAN FRIENDS!!!! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!!