The minute I crossed the finish line at Space Coast last November, I knew I wanted to run another marathon. Obviously, the following months included time for recovery, a handful of half marathons, time off, and now my streak.
One of the nice things about the streak is that it allows me to mix things up while forcing me to be consistent. I've been doing easy runs up to four miles and shorter, more intense runs that focus on my form and incorporate some speed work. And obviously, I'm running one-milers at a nice, slow pace on days my legs need it.
The streak has reminded me that I like putting the time and effort into running, that training is fun, and that I can make the time if I really want to. I'm finally starting to flirt with the idea of long runs on weekends again, which is a good thing because...
Last night, I officially signed up for my next full marathon!
There are a few reasons I chose this race for my next full instead of returning to Space Coast. For one, it's way closer to me, which means easier planning and no hotel fees. Another factor was that Space Coast is already $95 and BDR is only $60 at the moment. Finally, the course is totally flat and the marathon is in December instead of November (which means no Thanksgiving weekend madness and cooler weather).
Basically, I feel emotionally connected to Space Coast (and I know I'll return someday), but at this point in time, BDR just seems like the perfect fit.
I am so excited; I'm less nervous this time around and I know what I'll do differently in my training. I have four more days of my streak - including a 5k on Saturday - after which I'll take a day or two off, and then base-building begins!
What factors do you take into account when signing up for a big race?