Thinking Out Loud: What’s Next?

I’m linking up with Running with Spoons again for Thinking Out Loud. Thanks for hosting, Amanda!

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Even before I finished training for the Navy Air Force Half Marathon, I was pondering what next? Next fall, next spring, next month?

Up first, of course, was/is recovering properly from the longest distance I’ve run, and I feel pretty good two and a half weeks out. I was itching to race another 13.1 miles four weeks out from the NAF Half, but ultimately, I’m glad I chose against it. For one, $110 is a lot of money to cough up for another race, and my grad-student-wallet was whimpering. I could do it, but I probably shouldn’t… Second, I’m not sure how far I want to push my luck. Chances are I’d be fine, but the risk of an overuse injury kind of cemented the decision for me. 

So again I ask…what next? I was hoping to declare the Marine Corps Marathon 10K! But guess what sold out before I was ready to press the “register” button?! Oof. I was trying to be fiscally responsible! And register when I could! But obviously, I dropped the ball anyway. I kicked myself enough, and then searched for a plan B. I scoured the internet for upcoming races in the DC area and fell on one I’d ruled out because I was planning on being out of town before plans changed: the Women’s Health RUN 10 FEED 10.

RUN 10 FEED 10 Route
RUN 10 FEED 10 Route

The 60-70 minute run I already had planned into my schedule, plus the $35 registration fee, made this race a solid choice. I’d like to see how close I get to my June PR, but ultimately, I think this will just tame the fall race bug after missing out on Clarendon Day + the Dirty Damsel. 

I also have to remind myself that with the exception of one 10K and a fun run, I spent the entirety or 2015 running without racing before my first half. It’s okay to run for the joy of running before my next big training cycle.

…and what might that be? The Glass City MarathonAs I’ve written before, this is my hometown marathon in Toledo, Ohio. Runners actually pass right by my parent’s lawn. (It’s also very flat and forgiving.) I can’t think of a better place to finish my first marathon. Thus, these next three months are prime time to keep working on strength and getting that mileage up.

Ultimately, I’m just soaking in the fact that I get to run. And that feels really, really good.

Am I the only one already plotting 2016 races? Also, someone talk me down from a fall marathon with my October wedding…

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