In my last race report, I announced that I have signed up for the 2017 Chicago Marathon, and I'm psyched about that. But October is a long way away, and I have many miles and many other races to come before I get there.
So what's next? How do I handle recovering from NYC? For the foreseeable immediate future, I'm playing it by ear and seeing how my body feels day to day. Between now and the end of the year, I plan on taking some more deep water running classes and attending the Open Run 5Ks in Astoria Park on Saturdays.
In January, I will begin a formal training plan for the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on March 19th. I am planning on following Hal Higdon's Intermediate 2 program which incorporates cross-training and speed work. I am going to try like hell to run a 2:40 half marathon in March. If I keep up my current fitness, I know it is possible and the NYC Half is the perfect race to do it because you are done with all the hills by the halfway point.
After that, the plan is to run a couple more halves next year and complete NYRR's 9+1 program in case I want to run NYC again in 2018. I'll be volunteering at the race next year, as I think that doing both Chicago and NYC only a month apart would be too ambitious for me. It's only November, not quite time for resolutions, but it never hurts to have a plan and this is mine so far.