With the Marine Corps Marathon over, racing season for 2014 has officially ended (almost – have to do the annual Turkey Trot!). And while I will not officially plan out 2015 until January, the winter racing season in Texas has led me to already sign up for a few early races. Notably, the 3M Half Marathon in January. As soon as I finished SeaWheeze I registered for 3M, knowing it was the next chance I had for a solid sub-2 goal. And I can guarantee you that goal will be met.
Training officially started Monday, but since I am fresh off a marathon and a week of no running, I am easing into it, mixing elliptical workouts with easy runs, building mileage back up to training level in the next couple of weeks.
It is also time to buckle down with nutrition and cross training. Sticking to a marathon plan for 20 weeks is exhausting and by the end, I’m always cutting corners, skipping yoga, splurging on coconut milk ice cream (THIS stuff is addicting). Just because I have the calories for ice cream does not mean I should be fueling up with sugar and fat.
Plus, there’s no better way to survive the holidays than with running, right? Having a goal keeps all temptation and sugar overdoses in check.
(And running in snow beats running in 90 degrees and 100% humidity any day.)
I know I can conquer this goal. Mentally, I am ready, Physically, I’ll get there. At the end of the day, I am thankful to just be running. Regardless of obstacles, curve balls, successes or huge PR’s, the journey is the most rewarding. Here’s to chasing big goals!
“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.” – Kara Goucher