New Goals

 

Happy Monday! I know, I hate Mondays too, especially since I am not living with my husband right now! Let’s try to make the best of it, shall me?

A lot of people suffer from the “post marathon blues.” I honestly have not really been sad. I am HAPPY my training is over and I reached my goal. Do I want to run another marathon in the future? Yes. Do I want to run one next week? No way!  I do, however, feel the need to make some new fitness goals for myself. Being the highly competitive crazy type A person that I am, I NEED a goal (or several. whatever…)

I do not want to set myself up for failure, but I would really like to work on my speed in the shorter distances. (Mainly 5k and half marathon, I don’t do too many of the in between races.) I have a half marathon coming up February 13th. The Mardi Gras Rock n Roll.

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Originally, my goal for this race was to PR. Is this still possible? Probably….I think…I hope…??? I will say, I was NOT prepared for how my body would respond to running after my marathon. (See this post.) Yeah I knew my body needed to rest, but running out of gas in the middle of a three miler seems crazy to me, and really makes me doubt my ability to perform well in just a couple of weeks. Am I still going to try? You bet I am! See, here in the lovely south, marathon/half marathon season is mainly November/December and January/February. It gets hot and humid here so early in the year, we don’t have a lot of spring halfs…..mainly just 5ks, and sometimes it’s even to hot for that! So, there is a possibility that this is my only shot until fall rolls around again. I PR’ed in the Jazz Half in the fall, but it was also on a very injured IT band that started killing me at mile 2, so I KNOW I can run faster.

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Here is my dilemma…knowing my body is still recovering from the race and being sick, and not having a lot of time to work on speed…Do I set a specific time goal, or just to PR, or nothing at all and wing it? I am too competitive to not even at least make an attempt. If I start running and see it’s not going to happen, that’s fine, but I have to TRY.

With that being said, I am trying to work on some other fitness related goals that don’t have to do with race time. Maybe something to do with strength work, stretching, or yoga? I NEED goals to operate well. I am not a good enough self motivator to just wing it, I will end up just doing nothing and laying on the couch all day like the wonderfully lazy Bella and Sassy.  I used to once upon a LONG time ago, be pretty speedy. I could possibly excel in the 5k if I put my mind to it. But I really enjoy the half distance, so I don’t know. Comments? tips? sarcastic remarks? anything?

QOTD: Help me with my goals!

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Comments

  1. I totally relate with needing goals! I’m working toward a 10K (and maybe a half-marathon) as well as toning up my body. (However, things are getting slowed down today due to a cold…so frustrating!) Yet, you know you have the right goals when you look forward to working out! :) If you didn’t live so far away – we could be workout buddies!

  2. Im still here reading, I recommend yoga class..I do it now every Tuesday and Sunday. I felt that it helped with my recovery after my wdw half. My knee feels better, my legs feel stronger as well as my core.
    But just remember to take it easy, you have the rest of your life to run and achieve a better speed.
    After the wdw half I too became rushed to run again but I knew that my knee needed its full recovery.

  3. I’m in the same boat pretty much. I switched my focus from running all the time to adding variety with biking and yoga. I’m adding each workout to my planner on Sundays and making them appointments I need to keep. That’s the only way I can stay motivated and not sit on the couch for hours on end watching Criminal Minds reruns.

    I subscribed to your old and new feed, but the new feed isn’t updating. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

  4. I think you’ll be in for a BIG surprise the next time you run a race. You might even PR, even if you don’t expect to. Your next race is going to seem SO SHORT compared to your last one!
    i totally know that feeling of running out of gas the first run back after a marathon! I’d say my first run back was tough for the first 6 marathons i ran, it definitely goes away with time tho. But what a crappy feeling! one time i did an out and back and i stopped at the half way point and sat on a bench in misery for about 15 mintues before i got up and ran home, lol. Take it easy for sure!

  5. I always need a goal, too. That’s why this “cut back on running and get pregnant” thing is SO hard for me. But I keep reminding myself that running is long-term and I have the rest of my life to PR.

    Going for speed in shorter distances sounds great! And so does yoga. You know I now love yoga. You have to find a good studio!

    • your goal may be non running but its an awesome goal!!! :)
      I really think yoga would help my stride. its so short despite my height b/c I have zero flexibility!

  6. I hope this doesn’t sound stalkerish but I spent last night reading all of your blog! I am so glad I came across it and have enjoyed getting to “know” you! I am a new runner and a Disney lover and love meeting others with similar interests! I am following you on twitter now, I’m Disney_casey on there! I hope you have a magical week!

    • Hi! thanks so much for saying hi! I get tons and tons of page views a day but not a ton of comments, so its nice to hear from new readers! Anyone who loves Disney is a friend of mine! Thanks for reading! :)

  7. I like having new goals too but at the moment, I’m too tired and lazy to make any! LOL Guess what? Rock and Roll is only like 3 weeks away!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Ok now I’m scared! :0)

  8. I’m trying to line up races I want to do this year…as well as do more weight training. I was doing a ton of it last year, but then we bought a house and moved and the weights became second priority. But I’d really like to get my arms back to being toned…as well as my belly. Still a few months for before bikini season, so I’ve got time :)

  9. Have you thought about a “warrior run”? (you can google this). Several of my friends did one this summer and said it was a blast but also really challenging. It was a 10K with several obstacles, including hills, mud pits and fire pits.
    ….still thawing out after yesterday’s -41 degrees!!!!!

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