I had a good training run today, 2 weeks out from my Goofy Race weekend. It was just 7 miles, but at a solid pace under 12 minutes per mile (which included waiting on traffic a couple times). This was faster than I probably should have ran while still in recovery mode, but I felt comfortable at the time, good enough to know recovery from the Goofy is going well, but still not so comfortable that I can say I have fully recovered just yet. However, another week and I should be ready to go on with my regular training.
I am still trying to put together my spring training plan at the moment, which is unusual for me as I think I have to go back to early 2008 when there was a time that I was not registered for some upcoming event. My main target for this spring is to complete the Lone Star Ironman 70.3 in Galveston in late April. I have a couple potential races before then that I am still working out. I had originally wanted to do the Austin Marathon on February 14th. However after recently completing 2 marathons, 2 half marathons and 1 Half Ironman in a 77 day period, I think it would be smarter to take a bit of a break before spending that much time at racing effort level. As much as I would like to take on the Austin marathon for a marathon PR, I would really hate for an overuse injury to cancel my whole spring schedule.
After taking Austin off the schedule, that opens up for a few local options. The following races are all likely options as I also prepare to PR at the 70.3 distance in late April:
Run Wild Half Marathon on February 21 in Houston, TX
Rodeo Run 10K on February 27 in Houston, TX
Bayou City Classic 10K on March 13 in Houston, TX
Seabrook Half Marathon on March 20 in Seabrook, TX
Seabrook Half Marathon on March 21 in Seabrook, TX (yes they have 2 of these back to back)
My present line of thought is to do the Run Wild and Seabrook Half Marathons, and to consider doing both Seabrook races if I feel good that weekend. Then I would have a few good training weeks before tapering my schedule into some pre-70.3 rest time.