If you had asked me six weeks ago my what my post-marathon plan was, I would have said, “Never run again.” Or something like it. You know, take a couple of weeks off, sleep in every day, remember what it is like to not have running clothes draped over the shower curtain rod all the time.
If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would have said, “Get back into it as quickly as possible. Do a couple of easy runs in the next week.”
And now that I’ve run the marathon, this is what I have to say: I’m tired. I need a break. But I don’t want to lose all the fitness I’ve gained by training for marathons for the past eight months.
What to do, what to do?
This is my answer: Once I’ve rested and recovered and my body feels like it is ready to run, find some motivation — something to keep me from losing all I’ve gained. This might mean signing up for another race. It might mean trying to get out for a run every day, or running new routes, or getting a certain number of miles in before Christmas. Or it might mean finally taking the time to run with friends and help others out rather than focusing on my own goals.
I’m not exactly sure what my plan is. But I do know that Micah and I want to get back to running together more often. We’re thinking about organizing another Trypto-Fun this year. I’d like to bump 15-20 seconds off my 5K time in the next few months. And I’ve never run a 10K. It would be nice to find out what that’s like. So at least I have somewhere to start, and now it is time to move on and move forward.