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?