I'm thinking about next season. It's a bit hard to imagine life after March 31st but I'm trying to since it will be very early in the season. The nice thing about doing a half-ironman at that time is that I'll be in great shape to do other races the rest of the season. Maybe even another H-IM later that summer (Vineman 70.3 is in July and the Big Kahuna is in Sept).
I've been kicking around the idea of doing a marathon. I think the toughest thing about this type of race is the mental aspect of running for that long. But it's time. I've run 3 half-marathons, and I want to do a full ironman in 2008 if all goes well in 2007. So I'd like to try a marathon by itself and see how that goes. I love running, as well, so this is the next logical step. Next question--which marathon? I'd really like to do the San Diego Rock 'N Roll Marathon in early June. It's local, it's fun, and there's a big, supportive crowd. That seems like the perfect one to do for a first-timer like me. Here's the question: is early June too soon after the half-ironman (March 31st) to be ready for a marathon? I'll have 2 months, including taper. I'll already be running 15 miles for my long run in preparation for the half-ironman. Plus, my base will be beyond this for the half-ironman training. So it's just training my body to run the extra mileage. So it's 2 months to add 10 miles (less since you don't actually run the whole distance to train for a marathon anyway). What do you think? Is this feasible?