Post-Marathon Blues – Where Do I Go From Here?

So I took my 2 weeks off after Chicago, and have started somewhat running/lifting again. Well, I ran and lifted twice last week. But hey, it counts :)

Now I’m at the point where it’s like, now what? For those of you who ran a marathon or half marathon, you know what I’m talking about. You train for months and months, the big event arrives, you run, finish…and then it’s all over. I mean, I welcomed my 2 week break, but now I want something to train for again.

I have my goals for the rest of 2015 and for 2016 that I wanted to share with you and get your feedback on. Let me know what you think or if you have any advice or insight!

Rest of 2015 Goals

  • Run around a 28 minute 5K on December 5. I just ran the Dash To The Finsh 5K this past weekend (recap coming soon) in 30:04. Not my best by a long shot, but I’m ok with it after 2 weeks off and then only running once before that. BUT my goal is to run around 28 minutes by Decmeber 5. I have a month to gain some of my fitness back and make that happen.
  • Run a strong 15K race December 22. In order to qualify for next year’s NYC Marathon, I need to run 9 races with the NYRR. My last one will be Dec. 22 and it’s 15K (9 miles or so). I didn’t really want to run this race but it’s the only one I could do. Goal is to just finish strong and feel good!
  • Lift more during my “off-season” so once I start running more again I have a good base of strength.

2016 Goals

  • Start building up my base mileage and get to around 45-50 miles per week average by late spring. I want to do a 5K training plan for now, and work on speed, then take a short break, and start marathon training in June, where hopefully I’ll hit 50-60 miles in peak.
  • Get faster. Period. I really want to get a half marathon and marathon PR in 2016. I want to get faster over longer distances, and know I need to increase endurance. So that’s why I plan on running more miles. 
  • Run a sub 4:30 marathon in NYC in 2016. It seems crazy to me, but that’s my goal. I am sick of slogging through marathons and slowing down significantly in the later miles. I NEED to work on endurance and really want to try “racing” a marathon next year. We’ll see..

This is the first time where I’ve ran a marathon, and immediately was ready to get back to running afterwards. In the past, I was SO ready for the break, and ended up taking the whole winter off until March. So everytime I would be starting from scratch again. I do not want to do that again. I want to keep building up my fitness and really want to conquer the marathon next year :)

What goals do you have for the rest of 2015?

Any tips for building endurance? Does strength training help? Looking for any insight or advice!

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  1. I’m focusing on being healthy and staying injury free! I bet you’ll hit your 5K goal this year!
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  2. I have similar goals for the marathon – as you know. I have run a lot of PRs this year and I know it’s because I ran more milage than previously. I know that continuing to up that will only help me! Have you thought about what your goal marathon might be in 2016?
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  3. My goals for the rest of 2015 are to stay injury free while upping my mileage a little bit. I have 2 10k’s the next few weeks so that is my focus. Yes I absolutely think strength training helps me
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  4. Great goals! It’s hard to get back int the swing of things after a marathon, but it’s good to see you have some things in your crosshairs.

    My big goal for the rest of the year is to PR at Space Coast. That’s what I’ve been working for, and that’s where my head is at.
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  5. Strength training has helped my speed immensely! It also is great for helping prevent injury. I think your goals sound awesome!
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  6. Those sound like great goals! I’m like you in that I need I plan year round essentially. I’m training to re-qualify for Boston at the Phoenix marathon in February, then hopefully back to yoga and strength for a bit!
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  7. It feels weird not to be training for anything, doesn’t it?

    I’ve got those 2 destination races in the spring–Sarasota Half and Big Sur–and after that I don’t know. I said no fall marathon, but I may change my mind. We’ll see.
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  8. Woo girl! Heading into 2016 already? You are a boss. I’ve never done a marathon before but I’ve just decided to run a 50k in May. So that’s going to be my big goal. I always say I want to get faster, but then I am far too lazy to actually train for it. So I’m going to see how distance works! Good luck with your goals!
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  9. My goals this year are to get more rest and try to rehab my hamstring. Hoping!!
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  10. I’m trying to get back under 2 for the half by the end of the year (not a PR that is 1:53). It’s been a long year coming from my Crohn’s diagnosis and trying to get to remission but I ran a 5K in 25:42 2 weeks ago and PR’d the 10K this weekend at 53:52 so I am FINALLY getting speed back.
    My biggest advice is consistency and base building. Coming back from being sick was hard. I fought through struggling with 11/12 minute miles to build a base over several months and the work has paid off. Also think that spending time on the bike + strength training helps. For a while I was so happy to run I ran every day but I think doing a 4-5 run, 2-3 cross + some strength every day helped.
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  11. Good to sit down and plan some things for the next several months. I definitely think that strength training helps with endurance – I am concentrating on FUN with my workouts this year and finding that doing things I enjoy is paying off big time.
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  12. Endurance is my thing… or I should say lack of endurance. I am much faster at shorter distances. I’m working on lifting right now. Deciding exactly what I want out of running, and some day hope to run faster in all distances!
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  13. We just can’t help it as runners right? We’re already getting our minds ready for the next race! These sound like great goals. I’d be interested to see your progression with increasing your speed – I’ve been wondering if that’s something I want to try to work on next year.
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  14. All the best with your goals! I’ve got RnR Vegas in less than 2 weeks then nothing the rest of the year unless I throw in a turkey trot. My plan is to stay in half marathon shape and get back in the pool so I’ll hopefully be in tri shape by spring.
    That is awesome you have the option to run 9 NYRR races for NYCM entry!
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  15. Loving the end-of-year goals…what a perfect way to be active with the holidays coming up!
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  16. My goal is to cross train until I feel like I’ve strengthened enough to start upping the mileage again.

    Good luck with the 4:30! I want to go for that one day, but right now, I need a break from marathons.
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  17. I love that your thoughts are already on 2016. Me too!
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  18. Great goals!! Good for you resting from the marathon. It is tough on the body and I think resting is smart. Strength training definitely helps me to be a stronger runner!

  19. wow…you’re goals are quite similar to a faster. My goal is a 4:30 full, next year as well and definitely to stop slogging through races…I’m so OVER being slow…not to mention…my goal is to qualify for Boston so I really need to get it together!

    Sounds like you have a great plan in place. You’ll reach your goals!
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