Two months from now I’ll be done with the Hansons Marathon Training method. Two months from now I’ll likely be hobbling around the house after the Marine Corps Marathon.
My running plans stop there. I have nothing on the horizon – no half marathons, no trips for a race, no grand scheme to moon up or run a series or find some new level of crazy.
So today, I’m joining Amanda at Running with Spoons and thinking out loud about the rest of my fall. I have options. I just don’t know which one makes sense.
- Work on my Double Agent status. As a member of both Half Fanatics and Marathon Maniacs, I’m already a Double Agent. But like HF and MM, Double Agents have levels. I’m level 7 in HF (Venus) and level 4 in MM (Iridium). I’m at zero in Double Agents, AKA no name. To get to the first level, I jus need two more marathons in November. Richmond has been on my radar for a while. I’m sure I could find one more…
- Run an Ultra. I’m training using the Hansons Marathon Method, which is high mileage, lots of days training. I’m running 6 half marathons in 6 days soon. I’ve already run two marathons in one weekend. Is it time to make the leap to a longer race? (Just for clarification, I won’t be running any of the crazy trail ultras. I’m looking at a timed ultra with a reasonably newbie friendly course and a goal of finishing 30 miles.)
- Both. Ultras count towards your marathon count in Marathon Maniacs. Just sayin’.
- Nothing. Right now this is my favorite option. I am drained. I’m am over this whole training process. I want nothing more than to be done running 6+ miles 6 days a week. Right now, the thought of not running any miles at all in November sounds like the sweetest thing ever.
My training for Marine Corps Marathon is actually going fairly well. I’m managing most of my runs and about half of my runs are my goal pace (when I don’t hit it, it’s because of the heat.) I have one 15 mile done and 3 more 16 milers to do. The kids go back to school soon and the weather will cool off, so things will get easier. I just need to survive the next couple of weeks of burnout.
How’s your fall training going? Are you loving it or ready to be done training and start racing?