I am getting back on the horse in terms of running. While I'm not officially training for anything and am logging pretty much nothing but junk miles, it feels good to up the mileage some. I ran 5 treadmill miles yesterday and Sunday will trot out for 8, which will be my longest run in two weeks since I ran my marathon.
I think I'm going to start an 18-week half marathon program [PDF file] in a few weeks for a March race, even though the program I used to train for a marathon was only 16 weeks. I really want to do well and crush my time at the National half marathon, where I ran my first half marathon last spring. The FIRST program seems like the best way for me to do that.
After that I have a bit of a conundrum. The Frederick half marathon, which was my favorite long-distance run to date, will be rolling back around at the beginning of May. I want to run it, but I don't want to get stuck in a rut of running the same races every year. Since I'm already registered for the National it's a given I'll do that, but do I really want to run Frederick again or find someplace else to run? That same weekend will see half marathons in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Pittburgh, which are all places whose races will have participants I know, and all of which are do-able, among other places that may be a stretch.
I guess in the end it doesn't matter as long as I get to run somewhere, but I would like to broaden my running horizons some.
But then worse comes to worse I'll always have Vegas in late '09...