Well, we only have about 3 years until the next Olympic Trials, and to many, that'll come around in a blink of an eye. When attempting to qualify in the marathon, that only means a handful of races. Two a year, or more like one every 6 months. Anymore than that, and you could be frying yourself. As I'm finally feeling better and getting back into the swing of things, I feel that a solid effort this coming fall will be my best shot this year. Especially since the qualifying window for the Olympic Trials doesn't open until August 1st, it really won't make much sense to cram a marathon in the late spring. I guess I'm just trying to convince myself to be patient and set my sights on the long term process.
I know qualifying for the Olympic Trials is going to take planning, hard training, and some luck when it comes to race conditions, ergo, not racing in hot climates. I know there's a smart way in executing a fast marathon, and the last 3 years weren't how you go about it. I'm not saying I'm an expect at this, but I feel a lot more confident about planning a marathon cycle, and what to do once that marathon approaches. After all, we don't get to race this event too often. And as you can tell, I'm chomping at the bit to be training at full force, but, as I have to keep reminding myself, it's a long process and I have plenty of time... or will it really be here before we know it?