After much hemming and hawing, I've beaten the post-marathon blues by signing up for another one. I just registered to run the National Marathon in Washington, D.C. in March. It's in my parent's backyard so there's no hotel to deal with, it's got to be flatter than Baltimore, and it's early enough in the season that it won't be terribly hot and humid. I've started to map out a tentative plan and look forward to comparing my long runs from both training cycles.
I've also decided that this time I will run for a cause. I'm running for Girls on the Run, a great program that seeks to teach girls self-respect and healthy habits through running. This is right up my alley! There is a GOTR group in my area, but it's in the next city over so I've never gotten involved. Now I can raise money to support the cause while training for my second marathon. My goal is $1,000; I know, it's a lot of money! With just under four months until race day, it will take a lot of effort to meet my time goal (3:40- Boston Qualifier!) and my fundraising goal. This should be interesting!
I got in a good little run today, throwing in eight thirty-second pick-ups into an otherwise easy three-miler. The colder weather isn't bothering my lungs (yet), so I love the fact that running hard doesn't leave me panting and sweaty. My hair still goes every possible direction, but at least I don't smell (quite as) bad.
I'll come up with a concrete training plan this week. It won't be much different than my plan for Baltimore, but I'll go a little faster and a little longer. The biggest difference is that I know that I can do it this time.