After the long lead up to a marathon, there is a bit of a letdown once it’s all over. I never experienced the same feelings training for shorter races. The nature of the marathon requires a LOT of training. Since June I’ve spent countless hours training and most of my Sundays are devoted to running and recovering from my long run. Once the big day is finally over, you feel a bit lost. I keep finding myself saying, “Okay, now what?”
I’m the type of runner that likes to have a goal to train for. Don’t get me wrong; I like running for the sake of running. However, I LOVE to have a big race to prep for or some new goal to motivate me. I enjoy pushing my body to the extreme and finding new limits. When I don’t have something to train for I feel a bit lost.
Luckily, my sister and brother-in-law gave me race registration to the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon on November 23rd (thank you!). I ran it last year and although the weather was freezing, it’s one of my favorite races. The course is gorgeous – mostly on bike paths or nicely groomed trails. It’ll be fun to see if I can get a new PR. After running a 1:40 half marathon in a marathon like it was no big deal, I think I’m in store for a half marathon PR. I’ll also be running the Yulefest 5k in Cambridge in December. It’ll be a fun race. Although I’m definitely not in 5k-race shape and haven’t run one for well over a year, it’ll be good to give it a shot.
After that, though, I really am not sure what I want to run in the spring. Good thing I have a lot of time to think about it!
In the meantime, here are a few moments from last Sunday I forgot to share. I thought you might get a kick out of them. Enjoy!
Do you ever get the same feeling after a marathon? What upcoming races are you training for?