The big dream is to go for another sub-9 finish at Comrades next year. It's a downhill race next year so it suits me. On the only occasion I ran sub-9 (8:48) I was a 3:20 marathoner on the flat, at sea-level and in the cold. So now I'm in SA, the marathons are not flat, at modest altitude and definitely not cool so there are a few factors that increase absolute finish time in comparison to a UK marathon. So I want to compare my previous UK marathon time that got a sub-9 finish and the SA marathon time that would get a sub-9. Legend has it that sub-3:30 in SA conditions could get sub-9, but I don't believe it strongly. I'd prefer to be around 3:25 in SA conditions to feel more confident.
My main problem was speed endurance and probably race nutrition. I basically need to get the long runs in and maintain speed. Increasing the volume is also something I need to slowly do to get to where I want to be come the end of May.
The first plan is to recover. Just my left calf is a bit strained at the moment due to compensating for my blister. Then I've got about 8-9 weeks of good training to put in some decent long runs and LT sessions whilst easing up the volume.