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…

Weekend Wrap-Up: Navy Air Force Half Marathon Weekend!

This morning I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for Weekly Wrap!

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I’m officially a half marathoner, guys! I’ll be sharing the whole race recap on Thursday 🙂 Sunday’s race was just one piece of a really, really good weekend. Here were some of the best parts…

Friday

I started off my day with a little extra sleep and a walk to coffee on H ST and then Bagels & Baguettes for breakfast. We ate outside in some incredible fall weather, and I was reminded of how much I love to live in this city.

I spent the rest of the morning hanging all of our art that’s been sitting on the floor since August 1st. The gallery wall over the couch is still a work in progress, but it’ll look nicer as it continues to grow! My favorite piece is the drawing of the brain that used to belong to my grandfather, a neurologist.

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Can you spy the race goodies?

The afternoon plan was to catch Everest, but the gallery wall took more time than I expected, and I ended up in a car, stuck in downtown DC traffic, trying to make it to the theater in time. Alex and I looked at each other, boycotted the idea, and drove to 2 Amys for pizza instead. I figured, where would we want to eat that isn’t easily metro accessible?! It’s kind of nice to take advantage of a car sometimes. A little lot of pizza, a German beer, and a spot outside confirmed that we’d made the right decision. Beats a stressful drive across the city any day.

I LOVED the one with olives.
Get in my belly.

After lunch, we drove straight to the Armory to pick up our bibs. We got in and out without trouble, and I may have treated myself to a three-quarter zip-up and a pint glass…

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That night, Alex and I met my parents, grandmother and two of my siblings at Diakaya Izakaya for dinner. They had just finished traveling from NW Ohio and were very happy to be out of the car. Oh, it was good to have them in DC!

Hi, Mom + Benji!
Hi, Mom + Benji!

Saturday

My family had a very local DC experience this trip. We love the museums and the monuments, but sometimes it’s nice to skip them and try something new. We hit a couple meals at Union Market (Buffalo & Bergen, Bidwell and TaKorean), the H ST Festival, and the DC United vs. Columbus Crew game.

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But first, coffee.
Ben's H ST Festival find!
Ben’s H ST Festival find!
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Getting ready to walk into the stadium with La Barra Brava fan section.
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Vaaaamos, vaaaamos united, esta noche tenemos que ganaaaaar.
Grandma + Mom
Grandma + Mom

Sunday

Yayayaya half marathon day! I can’t wait to share more, but I need a little more time to sit down and write it out. In summary, mile six felt much harder than mile eleven, and I ran my last mile two minutes faster than the mile before it. I crossed the finish line just like I wanted – strong.

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How was your weekend?!