After a big race, there is a lot that goes through my brain.
Usually first is, when can I eat?
This comment from Emily is 100% accurate. When I thought that something was going to stand in between me and eating post race, I nearly freaked the hell out. (And I’m generally a pretty low-key person. Until you get in between me and my food.)
The Next Race / ALL THE RACES
After I get some food in me, I start to turn my thoughts to The Next Race.
As we sat at Churchkey and Emily and Laura tried to talk me into the Vermont City Marathon, I pulled out my phone and pulled up the McMillan Running Calculator. I felt much more confident about sub-4:00 (you know, whenever I do actually decide on my next marathon) after hitting 1:50, but I was curious to see what the calculator would say.
The marathon at an 8:52 pace sounds really scary. 26.2 miles under a 9-minute pace? I don’t know about that… but the 49:29 10K and 1:22 10-miler sound more doable.
And all of a sudden, I want to race a 10K and a 10-miler soon. And/or top off my half training with some marathon training.
I most definitely want to find another half soon. My next half is Brooklyn in May and then Zooma June 1, but I need this sooner.
How did I do it?
I’d say my training was about 80% where I wanted it to be. I have a much harder time devoting myself to half training than to full training, because I know that I will die if I am undertrained for 26.2; 13.1 I know I can generally pull off. There’s been some stuff going on that I haven’t blogged about, but honestly, I had a hard time completely devoting myself to my training.
But the training I got in? My speedwork was damn spot-on, and I channeled that uncomfortable feeling during the last mile or so of the race. I finally got really into yoga (for me.) I’ve been going to Uplift for strength. I think all of that really helped.
But could I have done better?
Yes, sure. I ran my heart out, and I am truly happy with my time (hi, 5 minute PR), but I also know that I was so damn close to sub-1:50 and there must have been a few spots where I could have dug deeper and gone sub-1:50.
But do I want to keep training?
I’m always so split about this after a big race. Part of me really wants to just do whatever workouts I want to, but another part of me wants to have a training plan to keep me on track. I also have a tri coming up in June, so I’ll need to turn my training to that soon.
Am I alone? Do you have a million thoughts like this after a big goal race? Do you usually want to keep training hard or are you excited to back down and focus on other exercise?