Post NYC Marathon: What’s Next?
After completing my first marathon in January 2018, I wasn’t sure what my next step would be in my running journey. I had spent months training for the marathon and just like that it was over. I didn’t have any other marathons planned – I wanted to reassess my goals afterwards. However, I quickly realized that not having any upcoming races put me in a tough spot – it’s harder to train when you don’t have a clear path in sight of what you’re training for. I resonated with that one commercial when the person finished their tv series and was now in a show hole. I could relate. I was in a marathon, race hole.
I try not to make the same mistakes twice. With the NYC Marathon now behind me, I have a clear plan on how to move forward for the rest of 2018 and early 2019. Here are my next training steps spanning the next 2-3 months:
1.) Finish the 9 + 1 Program
For those of you who are unfamiliar, NYRR (New York Road Runners) has a great deal for NYC residents. If you run 9 of their races in 2018 and volunteer at 1 of them, you are guaranteed a slot in the 2019 NYC Marathon. That’s a pretty sweet deal! At this point, I’m 7 + 0. My end of year running focus is now geared towards completing this task. In December, my schedule includes:
- A 5k
- A 15k
- A Volunteer Opportunity
This will allow me to complete the 9 + 1 program and guarantee my entry for next year’s 2019 NYC Marathon. If you’re looking to run the NYC Marathon in 2020, I highly recommend and encourage you to check out the 9 + 1 program in 2019 (if you’re a resident of NYC).
2.) Focus on Strength Training
I’m going to place a large emphasis on lifting and strength training for November/December. It’s so important to build muscle and increase strength. I especially want to build more muscle mass in my legs to improve as a runner. I’m excited to pivot back towards lifting and have a better lift/cardio balance. My workouts recently have been one dimensional (all cardio focused). It’s time for a change.
3.) Looking Ahead to 2019 – Training Plans
Although I haven’t decided which one, I’ll be running another marathon in May/June. For this next marathon, I want to do it the right way and follow a specific running plan. I’ll jump back into marathon training in January and supplement the training with a nutrition plan. In early spring, I’ll toss in a few races as part of my marathon training process.
I’m excited for the next upcoming months! With marathons, it’s definitely something you can’t wing so it always takes a lot more advanced planning and training.
Are you training for any upcoming marathons or races?