October 21, 2015

What's after Marine Corps Marathon?

I'm sitting here drinking coffee from my Tinker Bell Half Marathon mug reminiscing on the last half marathon that I ran. It's hard to believe it was 5 months ago. What's even more surprising is that it has been 18 months since I ran a half marathon for time. This year has been a void of racing for me. It was a year of recovering from a marathon that left me bruised and battered (mostly mentally and emotionally). I also was focusing on some other fun things in my life (see also: getting engaged and married!!). This year, quite simply, wasn't about running for me. Sure running was still a big part of my life (we did run on my wedding day!) but it wasn't a focal point. I doubt it will be in 2016 either but I enjoy thinking about the possibilities.

Christmas Town Dash 8k: I saw the medal revealed on the Flat Out Events Instagram account last night and went nuts! I love gingerbread men and think this is simply adorable! Upon looking at the date, I'm not sure it really makes sense. Adam and I return from our honeymoon the week before and I have no clue if I'll be in any condition to run nearly 5 miles or be jet lagged and miserable.
Photo from Flat Out Events

Shamrock Half Marathon: I've run this race twice and have PR'ed it both times. I love the J&A race series and Shamrock lives up to the hype. If I were to attempt another half marathon PR (and I'm kind of itching to do so), this race would be high on my list. It's a flat course, is local, and I know the course well. The advantage to signing up for this race even if I defer is that it's local so there aren't extra costs for travel.

Run for the Dream Half Marathon: I ran this race back in 2013. It's a really tough course! Adam has expressed some light interest in running a half marathon. Given that we were engaged in Williamsburg and enjoy spending time there, I figure this would be a fun place to run.


Disneyland Paris Half Marathon (and 5k): Mom and I have been talking about the potential for a Disneyland Paris race for years (since August 2012 to be exact) . I have to admit that I wasn't as excited as I anticipated for this race announcement. It's a huge commitment about a year in advance. To be totally transparent, I'm not 100% certain I'll run it even though we signed up (yea, I know that sounds insane).

As much as I would like to work on some of my times for shorter races, I'm simply not sure I want to commit right now. I am eagerly looking forward to having some free time to rebuild my social life (that always seems to dissolve during marathon training!) and plan some weekend adventures with Adam.

Decisions, decisions...how to do you handle race planning after a marathon?
{Christine}

17 comments:

  1. Free time and social lives are important! It definitely makes sense to take the time to work on those types of things :) I've been having a hard time with the whole committing thing too. So many races fill up so fast these days (looking at you, Run Disney) that it's getting hard to make last minute decisions about what races to do.

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    1. YES! It's really hard to make decisions 1-2 years out about race plans. I really don't like having to sign up for races so far in advance. I have a feeling that means I'll start doing some smaller, local races which is a-okay with me!

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  2. Awww, love the Christmas medals! :) Sometimes I think running consumes my entire life, so there's definitely nothing wrong with stepping back to focus on some other important aspects of your life! My running plans after next month are pretty much a black hole -- I have NO clue what my next goal/race is, and after another tough round of marathon training, I'm reeeeally okay with that. :-D

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    1. I'm a sucker for holiday medals for sure! There is just something about marathon training that makes me never ever want to do it again! :) The fatigue, the schedules, the long runs always looming...enjoy your free time!!

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  3. christmas medals are so cute! I am planning on races through sept 2016 (DLP HM!) and personally i dont mind making race plans so far in advance but that is because I am about to get really busy. I will start my dissertation in Jan and will need to plan out races to make sure I can balance them. however, i will not be adding another marathon for a bit-the amount of time training is so rewarding but takes up hours that i just wont have! i plan on focusing on halfs and seeing if i can improve my speed

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    1. Woot woot DLP! And yes, marathon training is such a time suck. I'm thinking shorter distances will be my thing for a little while.

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  4. Even though I ran many races in the begining of the year, this year's really wasn't all about running for me either. It really is a big time suck! In addition to training runs I had to fit in gym time and physical therapy. To be honest I am looking forward to marathon training being over just for the sheer fact that I will have more time to do other things. I too am not as excited for destination races as I once was. I actually find more comfort in being close to home ( maybe it's my old age...haha). Hence the reason we did not sign up for DL Paris and why we are cutting back on other Disney races. If you do run it you will no doubt have a blast and it will be a great experience, but I totally understand your reasoning for not being sure about it.

    I wish I could do that christmas race. Is that the one that runs through Busch Gardens? That and the Surfin Santa are on my list to do sometime! -M

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    1. I am with you on the races far away. They require so much planning (and $$). You were smart to focus on rehabilitation this year and hopefully you'll have a great marathon! :) Yes, this is the Busch Gardens race. I haven't ever run it but every year, I hear good things so I'm tempted.

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  5. Social lives are so important, which is why I haven't committed to any more marathon. I found that my body struggled with the distance and I really gave up the time with family and friends. Half marathons seem to be a better fit and allow me to have a more balanced life. That Christmas race sure does sound fun! I'm going to look for a race like that in my area!
    Sarah Storm

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    1. It's amazing how much marathon training takes out of you! I am really ready to be back to my normal schedule and not considering which weekend night I'm going to eat healthy and get to bed early for a really long run the next morning!

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  6. i'm running two half marathons in november...so there's that. lol. i'm looking forward to a running break during december!

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    1. This made me laugh! We don't have quite that many local races but yea I'm psyched to not race ;)

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  7. Lots of awesome upcoming races! If I can get over this work injury soon, I'd like to train for the Shamrock marathon next spring. That was the first race of 19 I had to cancel back in 2013 when I got hurt.

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    1. Let me know if you run Shamrock! Even if I don't run, I usually go cheer

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  8. Wow those sound like some amazing races! But you have to do what's best for you. Running a marathon is hard work and it takes a lot out of you socially, mentally, and physically. It's natural to need a break from running after that.

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  9. We ran Christmas Town last year and loved it, but it sounds like this might not be the year for you to run the race. I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon, so it'll likely be there for you next year.

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  10. I decided even before MCM that I was going to take a break from the marathon for a little bit! My next goal will be to PR at the Shamrock half in March!!

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