The Next Big Thing

Quick note: I ran the Dirty German 25k yesterday and had an awesome time! Race report will be up as soon as I receive some photos from the race because I chose to run without my phone yesterday.

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I've mentioned several times over the past month or so that my next BIG goal is to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

In order to achieve this goal, I've set up a long term plan which will give me at least 3 opportunities to shave at least thirty-four minutes off my current marathon PR of 4:09, which I set back in November 2012.  This plan includes a late fall 2014 marathon, a spring 2015 marathon, and a September 2015 marathon. I'm not sure which 2015 races I'm going to run but race number one will be.....

The Rehoboth Beach Marathon! 

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View from the course

This was a difficult choice for me because I'm getting married in mid-September, usually prime time for fall marathon training. While the wedding won't interrupt training too much, we're going to spend two weeks in Spain for our honeymoon, during which I do not plan on forcing myself to adhere to a training schedule. I'm sure I'll run a few times while on vacation, but only when I WANT to, not because I HAVE to.

I thought about running the Philadelphia marathon again, since it's my favorite marathon, I set my current PR there, it's VERY close to home, and it takes place in late November. However, it still seemed too close to the honeymoon and I wanted to try a new race.

I did some research online, and found Rehoboth, which seemed like a perfect fall race for me for several reasons:

  1. It's on December 6th
  2. It's a FLAT course
  3. The course runs through Cape Henlopen State Park on the beautiful Junction & Breakwater trail (here's my 2013 post about the J&B trail)
  4. It's a smaller marathon at 2500 people max
  5. It's within driving distance.
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The Junction & Breakwater Trail

I am not gunning for a 3:35 at the Rehoboth Marathon. That would be VERY ambitious, and frankly, foolish, for my first road marathon in over two years. However, I have gained a lot of speed over the past several months, and I do intend to PR at the Rehoboth Marathon.

For now, I am setting an optimistic, but realistic goal of 3:55. I think this is totally doable given the race time's I've posted recently. I am a much more confident runner than I was in 2012, and I believe if I build a good base  this summer and put in a lot of miles between now and December, I can make 3:55 happen. That would also give me most of 2015 to shave another 20 minutes off my time.

I'll post again soon with more details on my training plan for Rehoboth!

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26 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing

  1. Sounds like a solid plan! I'm hoping to qualify for 2016 Boston, too, and was curious about how many attempts I should plan for. I like your plan a lot.

    Also, if it means anything, your half times are much faster than mine, and I just ran a 3:45 marathon. I think you can definitely make your goal!

    1. Danielle @ Trails & Cocktails

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      Wow, congrats on the 3:45! You are so close to BQ! Love your blog design, by the way.

    1. Danielle @ Trails & Cocktails

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      Thanks, Nicole! Your BQ journey has been especially inspiring to me! I hope to see you in 2016 😉

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