Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Next Chapter

After this year's Lakefront Marathon, the absolute last thing I wanted to think about or do was any running. After a long year of training and then falling short of my goal, I was in need of a break. My body was ready. And mentally, I was tired.

So I took the entire week off from running and exercise. I thought about taking Y-Blitz and my favorite Y-Kettle Bells class on Thursday ... but decided to make it a complete week of enjoying nothing but socializing, eating all my favorite junk foods, sleeping in, watching tv - basically all the things that tempt me during heavier training periods that I usually take a pass on. It was glorious :)

 Eddie does not approve of sleeping in. Ever.

But as the week went on, I began missing running. It started with reading an article here or there. Then turned into catching up on my favorite running blogs. And after spectating Sunday's Chicago Marathon, I was longing to lace up my shoes and go for a run.

Scenes from Sunday's Chicago Marathon

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

A few people have asked me, what's next? The truth is, I'm not sure! I have a few races on the schedule, including the Winter Run Series 5ks and the Tyranena Beer Run. I'm also considering the Strider Indoor 10k in early December - but doubt I'll be in any type of racing shape by then. Any goal races will likely not happen until 2015. This may include a marathon since I still want to BQ. But I may also take a year to work on honing speed by racing shorter distances. Or maybe I'll make it the year to get better at racing half marathons!

But before any of that can happen, I need to start running again. During the next few weeks, it's all about easy miles coupled with more strength training and Y classes. I want my foundation rock solid so that I can start building when the time comes.

I'm looking forward to the next chapter :)

Your turn: What's next for you - in running, life, work, etc?

- ST


  1. Mmm copious amounts of junk food is the best part of training breaks :) I know some people say their appetite goes down when they're not running, but mine either stays the same or even goes up haha. Whatever you do next, I'm sure will help you get that BQ! Can't wait to keep up with it all! :)

    1. Haha, yeah, I don't understand people that say their appetites decrease - I think they are just trying to convince themselves ;)

  2. My first marathon was the Chicago Marathon on Sunday! I am currently doing what you were last week, and you are right, it is glorious! :-) I am planning to catch up on everything that got pushed to the side with marathon training. Then I also want to strengthen and run some solid base miles this winter as a foundation for serious half marathon training next year. My goal is to sub 2 hour, a huge step for me! :-)

    1. Congrats on your first marathon! It was such a nice day to race in Chicago - and lots of great energy! You can totes get your sub 2-hour goal - you'll have to keep me posted on your progress :)

  3. Sounds like a perfect post-race week! We are heading on a vacation right after my marathon so it'll be the perfect reason not to run for a few weeks!

    Take this time to reflect and enjoy not having to run and then you'll be super excited and motivated to train for that next marathon!

    1. A vacation sounds like the perfect way to chill after a marathon - someplace sunny, perhaps? :)