Now that the St. George Marathon is out of the way, I get to focus on what's next. This is exciting, because what I have planned next is BIG. Big, I say. Big.
In exactly 101 days, on January 15th, 2012, I will run the Houston Marathon. Why the excitement? I hear you say. It's just another city marathon, why is that such a big deal? It's not that big of a deal – at least by itself. What makes the Houston Marathon (set to take place in 101 days) so big is what will happen in Houston in 100 days. (The day before.)
Exactly 100 days from now, the city of Houston will host the United States Olympic Trials Marathon. For the first time ever, the Men and Women will race the same course at the same time. Kind of. The races will start 15 minutes apart. They will run one small loop, then three 8-mile loops around downtown Houston. For the first time ever, the entire U.S. Olympic Marathon Team will be crowned at the same time, and at the same place.
I Am Woman! I Will Be There! As will the Yahoos and Spouse. We will watch it all unfold. And after I've watched them crown the team, I'll run my very own Olympic Trial marathon the next day. This will be a marathon that I win no matter what. Come PR or DNF, I will win. It's just how I roll lately. Happy to be alive, happy to have the ability to run.
In the mean time, I have some training strategies to cement, and some Olympic Hopeful biographies to research. I need to study the who's-who of Olympic Qualifiers so as I can spectate with knowledge. Guess what? You're going to help me with both. From now until Olympic Trial Day (a Holy Rabid Relic day if there ever was a Holy Rabid Relic day), I shall present a sporadic spewing of athletes here and there. Each will be very interesting. Each will have it's own rabid spin. (To get a jump on said athlete spewing, you can see a list of who is currently qualified for the trials, by going to the official web site.)
And what about my race strategy? The race is in 14.5 weeks. This is enough time to recover from St. George for about three, then train good 'n hard for 12. I need to decide what I want to do. Do I want to train hard and race the marathon? Or do I want to show up casually and run for fun? Either option will be ridiculously awesome. I just don't have a lot of time for deciding and need to do so within the next week or two. Thoughts?
I'm leaning towards racing it. The course is relatively flat and at sea level.
Oh how I love to be flat and at sea level.