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.
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.
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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