It’s that time of year. The race calendar is empty and there’s little left to choose from even if I wanted to fill a weekend with a chip-timed race.
Thoughts naturally turn to next year and what’s next in my development as a runner.
I’ve already registered for one race and I’m starting to think about a couple others.
Another run Around the Bay
First up in 2015 will likely be the Around the Bay Road Race. I’ve run this 30km three times – 2010, 2011 and 2014. This year I ran a personal best 2:33:38.
In 2015 I hope to bring that PB down below 2:30.
After that, it’ll make a lot of sense to keep the training going for another few weeks and run a spring marathon. That will be number eight for me.
Vancouver again? Probably not…
I’d love to get out to Vancouver again to run the 2015 edition of the BMO Vancouver Marathon. But we’re planning a family trip out west in the summer, so running Vancouver in May is probably not going to happen.
There are a couple of other options in May that are a little closer to home. I could run the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon, but I’m not a huge fan of the race, the course, or the organizer.
There’s also the Mississauga Marathon, but I’ve never been attracted to this race and I don’t see that changing this year.
I’m also thinking about the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, although it’s a little later in May, and a bit more expensive. We could drive up with the kids and avoid the airfare, but there’s still a hotel stay to pay for. That said, Ottawa was my first marathon in 2010 and I do enjoy the Race Weekend.
Sub-3:45 is the goal
Goal-wise, I’d like to bring my marathon time down another 5-10 minutes as I did this year. Vancouver is a tough course and my PB of 3:48:30 from 2014 should be beatable by a fair margin with some good weather on a the right course.
Even if I end up running Vancouver again, I know I can find at least five minutes on the back half of the course by not fading like I did this year.
After that, it’s looking like 2015 might be the year I run my third ultra marathon. I’ve done the Niagara Ultra 50km twice (2011 and 2012) and it feels like the right time to go beyond 42.2km again.
Assuming things go well with training for the spring marathon, the plan is to try to post a sub-5:00 in Niagara next year.
After that? Who knows. Maybe another run at A Midsummer’s Night Run 30km to try and kill my 30km PB on a nice flat course. And then there’s always the fall races where half marathon personal bests have a habit of being run.
2015 is looking like it’ll be a good year. Until then, the focus is on staying fit, keeping my base up and getting rid of any nagging injuries before things start getting serious in January.