2017 is wrapping up, so now is the time (for me!) to start thinking about spring marathon season. Last spring I ran the Boston Marathon, and plan to do so again in 2019, having already nabbed a Boston Qualifying time this past November at the Indy Monumental Marathon. There was no question which marathon I would run in my year off from Boston - the Bayshore Marathon, which is held Memorial Day weekend in northern Michigan. While I do love the Boston Marathon, Bayshore is hands down my favorite. The course is beautiful and fast, and the number of runners is capped at a relatively small number, which makes logistics a breeze compared to larger marathons. I would have to look back at past results to be 100% sure, but I have run the full marathon at least four times, and the half marathon once. If you are looking for a PR course, Bayshore is it! The half marathon and 10k races sell out very quickly, but there are still spots left in the full marathon. More information can be found here on their website.
This year's race falls on May 26th, so I have almost exactly five months to prepare. If training goes well I will for sure take another shot and lowering my PR and getting closer to the sub 3:00 goal. This cycle I will be holding the reins when it comes to my training, and will go back to using a coach for my yet to be determined fall marathon.
In addition to running Bayshore, I plan to run a half marathon in late April and possibly another half marathon in late March. Breaking 1:30 will be the goal for those races. Maybe I'll even get crazy and run a 5K or 10K!
So that is what's on tap for my training and racing for the first part of 2018. In terms of my coaching business, I have really exciting news to share in an upcoming post!