I'm turning 40 this year and my goal is to run three marathons before the end of the year.
I'm starting this thread for those with similar goals (or those who have already done it) to share tips, tricks, and stories. For the purposes of this thread, I'm defining "marathon" inclusively. For me, it is marathons, but if your multiple big races are ultras, halves, or anything else, please feel free to chime in. Whatever "major" means for you, that's what this thread is about.
I've already run three marathons -- one in 2016, one in 2017, and one in 2018. My current plan is to run a marathon in New Orleans next month, and then the Twin Cities (MN) and St Jude marathons in October and December.
Current training: I finished the Twin Cities last October (with my best ever time!) and immediately went back into Hal Higdon's 18-week intermediate training plan. I live in Minnesota and the combination of training for two marathons in a row *and* running through the winter has been less than 100% fun. My plan after February is to spend the spring not training for anything in particular, just keeping my miles above 20 a week. I've got a couple of shorter races during this time to keep me motivation. Around June, I'll begin another 18-week training period to prepare for my 2nd marathon of 2019 and when that is done, just add the very end of the same training plan to carry me through to the December marathon.
I am not that worried about feeling sort of burnt out right now because spring and summer running is typically the most fun for me and it's hard to *keep* from running when the sun is shining and I can comfortably wear shorts. Physically I don't feel burnt out at all, it's just a mental thing. I do notice that my time is a bit slower than it was prior to my October marathon, but I think that's because I've effectively been training since last July. I don't want to back off now because I'm so close to February and I wasn't aiming for a PR anyway.
Interested in hearing from those of you who have done this before or who are contemplating doing it.