The Madison Marathon is out, even the half. I suppose I might still be able to train to the quarter marathon. In fact, I probably will, but I have a few other races now that will be goal races.
I have no idea when I could start running again, even just a little. I definitely plan to keep it small and short to start out with. To that end, my first goal race will be the Crazylegs Classic 8K on April 28. This is a huge and very popular race in Madison and I wanted to run it last year but we were out of town that weekend.
Assuming I can run again by mid to late February, that would be about two months of running before that race. I would think I could train to a 5-mile race by then. Ideally I would train on all running, but run/walking won’t be ruled out either.
I won’t be going for a PR or anything. I just want to run. For right now, revising my goals makes me feel closer to it.
Maybe if things go well I could do a 5K before the Crazylegs, but my goal is Crazylegs.
The quarter marathon is May 24, about a month after Crazylegs. I would like to run that, but I don’t know how much racing might be too much. And I’m OK with that. I’m letting the Madison Marathon go. There’s always next year.
In looking around at different running-related web sites, I came across the web site again for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon on Aug. 2. I had seen it before but never thought about it. But I think an August half would be a good goal. Working from that mid- to late-February running date, that would be five months of training. Thats a month longer than my training time was for San Diego.
I think a race in Chicago would be really cool. I rank the Chicago full as a race I’d like to run some day. Who knows – maybe I could do a half and a full in Chicago!
Whether or not the Chicago half leads into a fall full marathon will remain to be seen. There’s Fox Cities in late September and then several other good ones in mid- to late-October – among them Twin Cities, Chicago and Milwaukee.