December 3, 2014

What's next?

Ever since my less than stellar day on the marathon course at Richmond, I've been licking my wounds a bit. I had thought about writing a different flavor/tone post but decided to focus on the future rather than the past. While the disappointment from my race may not fade away any time soon, I can look to some fun things on the horizon. And a dear friend helped remind me that even though it didn't feel like it, I did PR at Richmond.

Training: Until I decide what race I will target to actually race, I'm on a no training plan. I'll run when I want with a goal of staying in shape and enjoying the miles. Last night was the first night I've run after work since Richmond. I felt pretty good, but it was hard to believe that I ran 26.2 miles 2 1/2 weeks ago while I ran 2 miles on the treadmill! Once I figure out where I want to spend my focused races, I'll build a training plan and go from there. I'm considering racing one of races at each,  Princess half weekend and Tink half weekend. I'll be figuring this out closer to the time.

Next race: In 2 1/2 weeks, I'll be running the Surf-n-Santa 5 miler under the lights of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. I'm SO excited for this race! It's a revamped format from the previous 10 mile race and will take place in the evening this year. Running on the Boardwalk under the lights will be really neat, since the Boardwalk light experience is usually reserved for cars (that have paid) to drive through the lights. And I'm looking forward to another race with Adam...a race without time pressure, a festive race, and one with a sweet after party!

Enjoying the Holidays: I love the holidays. I love the activities, the hustle bustle, and all of the fun events. It's been FOUR years since I had a December without a training plan. Yes, you read that right. I'm looking forward to relaxed evenings in front of a lit tree or spending an evening at happy hour with friends or coworkers...without any guilt that I skipped a workout or have miles to run. I'm planning to spend my newfound leisure time on some fun holiday activities and doing some things I love like obsessive baking and over-the-top present wrapping and Christmas movie watching.

What race or fun activities do you have this holiday season?
{Christine}

11 comments:

  1. You've definitely earned this break! Enjoy it, and don't think too much about which race to "race" next!

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  2. Sounds like such a fun race. I am jealous that I can't do it this year. Running 5 is the perfect distance. Hopefully it'll be warmer that night than it was during the day than last year for it.-L

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  3. I will be running the Surf N Santa with my mom - I look forward to the lights! Enjoy your downtime - its been fun catching up with friends and socializing :)

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  4. I'm currently on a running break...it wasn't really my choice (injury) but I'm enjoying getting back into my yoga practice which I put aside in favor of race training! I'm in for Princess in February, so hopefully I'm cleared to run and I can do that one :-)

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  5. You earned this break girl! Enjoy it!!!

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  6. All of us mere mortals have disappointing races from time to time. There is always another one to do. Taking some time off training is good for us sometimes.

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  7. Surf-N-Santa sounds like a very cool race. Enjoy your time off. It is well deserved and you'll come back stronger.

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  8. That races sounds like so much fun, beam me up so I can join you. Boy they need to invent that technology already.

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  9. This sounds like a great race, Christine! Love that it includes Christmas lights!! :) Your plans for the holidays sound perfect to me!

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  10. Enter into the season of no guilt! Sounds fun and amazing. Enjoy every minute.

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  11. Enjoy yourself to the fullest without running under pressure and then you'll be itching to train for something!! I'm doing Star Wars half, so I need to buckle down. :)

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