With all the time on my hands to think lately, and some slight disappointment that my London training hasn't gone quite to plan, I've been looking ahead.
I doubt I'll ever be tempted to join the 100-marathon club or anything like that. Maybe one a year. We'll see. As I've mentioned before, I'm going to focus more on speed going ahead. But considering how helpful the training is for my general health, I'd like to try training for a marathon again - just without a specific event in mind. Basically, I'm thinking that I could start in mid-January, possibly early February (if I'm crazy enough to do the Xmas race again) and do a regular 16-week program. If I develop any injuries, I can take the time off to recover, and not be frustrated. When I get to the taper stage, I could then look around and see if there are any marathons for me to enter. For example, Copenhagen has its marathon in mid May, and Stockholm in early June. Both are easy for me to get to on short notice, and I think I could find somewhere to stay. I see that both of this year's races are still accepting entries, so I can decide on short notice.
Does that sound like a good plan?