Here are some of the short list contenders:
- March 11, 2007: Lower Potomac River Marathon, Maryland
- March 24, 2007: National Marathon, Washington, DC
- March 25, 2007: Ocean Drive Marathon, Cape May, New Jersey
- May 6, 2007: Frederick Marathon, Frederick, Maryland
I've received a very kind offer of coaching expertise to work towards a spring marathon, but I'm still not sure that I'll be able to maintain anything like a consistent running training schedule on weekdays. It will have to consist mostly of long runs on weekends or with the single baby jogger while Elisabeth is in school, which may get a bit dicey in the winter months. Plus I'm not very amenable to being told what to do, and I don't want to be making a long series of "explanations" to anyone (aka excuses) about why I didn't complete the scheduled runs.
I like the Hal Higdon long run schedule, but I don't believe that I'll be able to do nearly so many shorter runs on weekdays. We'll see what I can cobble together. Maybe that means I should do something closer to Higdon's novice schedule. Combined with my bike and swim stuff.
The main target races through the spring are still the standard ones that I've done for the last two years, and I have to reserve some time for that bike and swim training through the winter, too:
I was a DNF at Ironman Florida - I didn't bring back any laurels to rest on! I don't feel like I've "earned" an extended vacation, nor do I feel like I psychologically need a long break. I took off the last entire week from workouts, and it seems like it's time to get back to it. I don't feel like I have the luxury of an "off-season" if I'm going to continue to improve my fitness - why stagnate and slip backwards (and gain weight) for several weeks? What purpose would that serve?