One of the biggest questions I have been getting lately is....
It's been a hell of a year so far. Some familiar things (5k, 5k, 5k, 5k, 15k, 13.1, 26.2), sprinkled with some new things (30k, A Relay, A Duathlon, Sprint triathlon, and Half-Iron distance triathlon). This has kept me busy, and anything but bored.
I really feel like mixing things up this year has been really good for me both mentally and physically. My recovery time is quicker than before, I generally feel stronger and in better shape than before and mentally my stress-control has been amazing.
As of this point, I have one more "big" goal race this year. Wineglass Marathon. This doesn't mean I am not running other races, actually I have 5 races between now and then (See Races, Paces & Places) and that might go up one more. It's no secret I love racing I actually used to race much more but I have gotten smarter about planning them over the years. But Wineglass is the goal, a PR would be anything less than 3:21.
I have a tentative plan I will be following, but as always it is subject to change- I don't do cookie cutter training plans. I believe in adapting as necessary, to how I feel, to what my schedule is like and to just life in general. This works for me, very well actually....BUT I'd like to stick as closely to this plan as possible, I believe it will give me the best results.
The plan itself is a combination of a few different plans. The concocted plan has a base from Advanced Marathoning, some additions from Run Faster, Running Tough as well as some personal favorite workouts of my own.
It's pretty straight forward; my miles are going to be higher than I have done for my previous 5 marathons, and there will be more "pace specific" runs/workouts which will help me build a stronger Marathon Pace base. I also plan on keeping up with the cross training, I noticed a significant difference in my running while triathlon training-- the cross training was making me able to put more miles in, without the damage to the body.
Is there a plan for after Wineglass? Yes, to have FUN! I'll run plenty of races I am sure of all distances but more than anything I am looking forward to a few months of running without a reason (aka not officially training). I have a few races in mind but nothing too crazy, this will give me time to focus on other things (like road tripping with Heather to watch Hollie kick butt at NYC). I think that will make for a really relaxed few months, and then hit Boston training hard when the time is right!
As for triathlons--I may do another smaller one this year, and I may not. I'm not leaning one way or another, I simply just don't know if there will be time.
To answer a question I have gotten a lot this past week, yes I will be doing another half-iron distance triathlon and yes I will be doing a full Ironman- NEXT YEAR. The plan right now is Musselman 70.3 again, and Ironman Cozumel in the late fall of next year. This has been the plan for a while, and I see no reason to change it. Although part of me has considered an earlier IM, as I like the thought of having at least one IM in my maiden name. Something about hearing "Laura Anderson you are an Ironman", although if Cozumel is the first one I do, I will be more than happy hearing my married name as well (we get married in September of next year).
What about you, WHAT'S NEXT?
Do you share ALL of your goals?