concrete jungle is where dreams are made of, nothing you can't do..."
Can't get this song out of my head on marathon morning in NYC. I have several friends running the NYC marathon today and what a perfect day for running it is! With Ironman Florida happening yesterday and NYC Marathon today, I am feeling all fired up like I want to do something challenging my endurance, particularly in the nature of running sub 3:40. Now it's time to pick a race. A couple of weeks ago, Van asked if we could go back to Chicago. I liked that marathon, it may be a good choice, flat, which is good for me but it can be warm there. I would love to get into NYC marathon and run it again but early November is not always the best time for me, I tend to get some kind of immune malady towards the end of October and I have school responsibilities so I am thinking that early October is probably my best bet, particularly Columbus Day weekend. This allows time for a summer build in mileage, one or two-three longer runs in September with only one of them being 20+. Doable for me.
School is going really well. First presentation down, working on my final paper, "A history of women, interscholastic sports, and science achievement", which will eventually encompass my dissertation research. I have a focus, feels good. I decided to take two classes in the spring which will significantly increase the amount of school work but the only other option is to take one class in the spring and one this summer (for 6 weeks!), NOT. I need some down time, need to be at the beach with my family and traveling. It's hunker down time with the books this winter, some easy trail running to maintain base and then May, post classes, will be the perfect time for a marathon build up. I have one taker for Chicago next fall, it's a great destination trip, who else wants in?