I mentioned the other day that I’d be running the NYC Marathon to raise money for the New York Junior League, and I’m SO excited to announce that my fundraising page is live!
So between that and a work campaign I launched today to give away an autographed Bob Harper plyo box (click here to enter), there’s lots of refreshing going on in my world right now.
My coach, Jess, is actually coaching our NYJL marathon team, and she spoke at our kickoff meeting last week. Running, Jess, NYJL. So many worlds colliding!
She did some talking about the marathon itself, and about how we’d be working together as a team. But for someone who still can be a very all-or-nothing kind of person, something she said about burnout really struck a chord with me.
In the years that I ran marathons, I typically ran a spring half and ran a string of shorter races from March right up through the marathon. Finally, in 2013, after four years of this cycle, I hit some colossal burnout. I took last year off from running any races for a time goal and just ran “for fun.” By the end of the year, I was ready to start chasing goals again.
I’m back in wanting to sign up for ALL THE RACES, but I am going to do it as intelligently as I can: taking a good look at how they fit into both my life and my race goals. Jess talked about taking some time between Brooklyn and our official marathon training start in late June to not be training for anything.
Which means I’m skipping the More Fitness (/Shape)(<< any other mags/former mags wanna get in on that one?) Half for Lilly at Target and the Franklin Lakes TriathlonÂ in favor of not having any races in June. Priorities, yo. But I’ll still be jumping into the Hudson in July; I just won’t be trying to PR at all. I will say that IÂ am excited to get back outside on my bike when (if?) the weather ever warms up.
And you? What’s your race strategy this year?Â What are your goal races? Have you ever had racing/running burnout?