What’s Up Next?

Now that the Boston Marathon has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about what else I want to do (regarding racing.)  I’ve thought about it a little, but was not planning to really think hard about it or commit to anything until after Boston.  There were many a time I exclaimed that I would be retiring from marathons after Boston.  What better way to go out, right?  But 26 isn’t exactly the age for retirement.  I wish it was!

I’ve been thinking for awhile that I’d like to get more into triathlons.  The issue being that I don’t know how to swim.  I know how to not drown.  And I can doggy paddle.  But anything beyond that is beyond me.  I’ve dabbled in a few sprint distance triathlons…none of which I trained for.  I just assumed I was in good running shape and could do the rest.  But I don’t think that strategy is gonna fly for a half Ironman, which is what I would like to do.

The one I was/am thinking of doing is the Ironman 70.3 Steelhead in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  So I’d have 3 months to learn how to swim, pick up some biking endurance, and stay in running shape.  I haven’t made a decision yet, though…especially because I just registered for a fall marathon.

Going into last week, I had absolutely no intention of running the Chicago Marathon.  I submitted my qualifying time and was approved, but then decided nahhh, I’ll just do Columbus if I want to do a fall marathon.  Apparently, even though I neglected to register through the time qualifying window, my name was entered into the lottery.  So I surprisingly received an email last week that said I have been selected for the 2015 Chicago Marathon.  Part of me thought this was like a sign from above that I should just do it. (#Nike)  I love the Chicago Marathon.  So now I am running it again.

Obviously, my goal for Chicago is going to be to PR.  I’ve never trained for a marathon with a solid starting base before, so I’m excited to see what I can do.  I’m also excited to be training with the same group I did (halfheartedly… #fairweatherrunner) through the winter, as well as with my other running friends in Cincinnati.

Kristin and I have been saying we want to get faster than we were in college.  We will definitely do the Hyde Park Blast, which is a 4 mile race at the end of June and I plan to do the 4th of July 5k back in the Chicago suburbs with my cousins.  Those should each be a good judge of speed.

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Besides those set races, I’m sure I’ll do a half marathon or 2.  And who knows what else!

What summer or fall races are on your schedule so far?

What is your favorite race distance?

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  1. Don’t let the not knowing how to swim side hold you back from triathlons!! Before doing my first tri I was the same way. I was never on a swim team, my dad taught me how to ‘swim’. Really it was more of him teaching me how to not drown. Just get in the pool and start practicing and get comfortable breathing. You’ll love tris!

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