Well, my marathon, and the focus of basically the last 5 months of my life, is over : ( It feels a little strange not to be writing a training update today! But I thought instead I’d share my plan for what’s next:
First, I of course plan to do all the things on my “When this marathon is over” list
Second, I plan to take a break from doing JUST running and start cross training again. Oh don’t worry, I’ll still be running, but I’m just going to be a little more balanced in my workouts. For example, I definitely plan to get back in the pool a couple days a week this fall/winter. I also am excited to use the rowing machine I got my husband for his birthday! In fact, I did my first rowing workout this morning. 10 x 1 minute rows with 1 minute rest in-between. That stuff is not easy!!
I definitely need to keep working on my form…..it started out pretty ugly but once I got going I started to get the hang of it.
Third, I’m planning to do a few fun fall races. These are going to motivate me to maintain the great running base that I’ve built up over the last five months.
- The Skippo trail race – I signed up for the 30K, which is pretty comical to me now since I cannot see that happening in just three weeks, but I’ll likely try to drop down to the 10K and do that.
- St. Louis track club marathon relay – this should be a fun one! I’m on a team with a few guys from work all of whom are great runners, so I think it will be a lot of fun.
- Kirkwood/Webster Turkey Trot (6 miles) – I of course have to do this one! It usually turns out to be a family competition, between my dad and my sister and I. Always a good time.
- St. Louis track club Frostbite Series - a five race series designed to keep running through the winter. I’ve done it for the last 5 or 6 years and am excited to do it again this year!
Fourth, I think I really want to do an international marathon this coming Spring, so I’m going to start looking at options! I’m thinking Rome would be pretty cool. But I need to do a little more research first.
And lastly, I got so wrapped up in my training that I seem to have forgotten that when I started this blog I intended to also be a food blog! I’ve been slacking a bit in that department, but plan to start doing more cooking and more recipe sharing now that I’ll have a little more time on my hands, so stay tuned for that.
What do you do after a big race is over? Any suggestions for a fun international marathon?
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