It’s been about a month since my last race, in which I DNF’d due to a rolled ankle. Since then, I have been taking it easy on the running…a few miles a week here and there. I have had time to think about what I might tackle next and I have decided I would maybe shoot for a Fall marathon. Since I’ve turned my marathon days in for Ultra running days a couple of years ago, I haven’t really had the need to run fast. For Ultras, you just run slow for a really long time. (Or at least I do). It’s been 6 years since I’ve run Boston and I can’t help but want that feeling of being fast again. Today I thought I’d test my legs out and see if I could keep my pace under 9 minute miles. (Having consistently trained for an Ultra the past 5 months, my previous pace was pretty slow.) I completely surprised myself on tonight’s run. I ran 5 miles in an 8:40 avg pace, on hills even! My splits were, 8:41, 9:10, 8:15, 9:06, 8:11. You can tell which miles were the hilly ones. 😊 If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on training plans or speed drills, I would be open for suggestions. I’m familiar with Yasso’s 800’s, Fartlek’s, mile repeats, etc. Also, what would be a reasonable goal time to set for an October marathon after just coming off of an Ultra? Would it be impossible to try to shoot for a 3:45 marathon goal or less?