In just over two weeks, I’ll be running my “A” race for the fall. I’ve been training all summer (I know, I’m surprised too) and I’m currently loving my taper. OK, I’ll be honest, I may be too good at tapering. I should run at least one more double digit run in the next few days, but I’m feeling decidedly “meh” about it. But whether I run more or not, the race will be over and done with in 17 days.
So, what then? I have some ideas swirling around…
- Finally run that ultra marathon I’ve been talking about. There are several not too technical trail 50ks coming up, but I’ll be honest, I’d love a timed loop race. I know they exist, I’m just not sure if there are any close enough (both distance and date wise) to take advantage of my current training. If I had all the time and funds in the world, I’d be heading out to Arizona for Across the Years.
- Turn my training into speed training and really RACE a half marathon. I haven’t really pushed the speed on a half marathon in quite a while. I’ve got the distance base, so I could really focus on pushing my pace.
- Run a bunch of local races – there are a ton of turkey trots, jingle bell races, and other shorter than half marathon opportunities leading well into December. I could have a lot of fun with my local MRTT ladies at these races. I am already registered for a Jingle Bell race.
- Run another marathon. Yes, I keep looking at both Richmond and Rehoboth. I mean, if I keep running regular marathons, then I don’t have to do the really long training runs, right?
- Take a break from racing, cut back on running, and get some cross training into my life. My body has been amazingly resilient. I’ve done nothing but run and plank this training session and I managed to survive a really high mileage plan with little in the way of injury. But I know that’s going to catch up to me soon. I can already tell my body is recovering slower than it used to. It may be time to add in more variety.
I’m sure that what I end up doing will be some hybrid of the five options above, but I have to admit that my current mental state is that I’m done running as soon as the Marine Corps Marathon is over. I’m sure that will last all of two days…
And at least, unlike last year, I’m not declaring this MCM my last marathon ever. I’ll call that a win any day.