So, from this perspective, and after having taken the obligatory week off from running (and week ‘on’ for french fries and donuts), I am ready to consider the following plan in regards to what’s next:
1) The Baltimore Running Festival Marathon (October 15, 2016) that I plan on treating as a faster than normal training run. The course (not nearly as hilly as Cincy, but not nearly as flat as Savannah) looks really great -- a Camden Yards start/finish, loop around the inner harbor, head out of the city and back. The really good news is that I already have one taker joining me; Mr. Herald (aka, Lewisville Lightening), and would love for others to plan on sharing the drive over, bunking up for the night, making marathon memories, and reliving our stories on the post-race return. There is plenty of time to train and I promise you will not be disappointed with the road trip.
2) The Phoenix Marathon in early spring (February 25, 2017). I am hopeful to be in shape to attempt Boston qualifying time - we’ll see. This is not the Phoenix R-n-R event, but I’ve heard and read really good things about this fairly new race. Most appealing is the fact that you are bused out and run a gradual downhill back into the city. My brother is in Phoenix, which is a nice bonus, and it would be great to visit JW over in Surprise, AZ.
3a) For the fall of 2017, I will attempt my first lottery registration for the New York City Marathon (November 5, 2017). There is about a 20% chance I get in, so I won’t get my hopes up for running this bucket list race as of yet. And if I’m not selected for NYC, then I will run ...
3b) The Detroit Marathon in October (October 15, 2017). Runners cross into Canada over a well-known bridge and then come back into Detroit through a tunnel below the river. It looks relatively flat and would be my first visit to Detroit. The other unique feature is the emphasis on passport checks in this international event. Plus, with a few miles in Canada we might even see a moose, eh?
OK, that’s it. If you are interested in carpooling to, training for, and/or meeting at any of these events, please let me know. The finish line is a great feeling, but the joy is in the journey. And I can promise you our journeys are always an adventure.