I’ve tried to start this post a million times but can’t seem to get the writing juices flowing for some reason. I kind of feel like the few weeks after a marathon are a complete adjustment period for me, an awkward transition. The build up to the actual marathon is so long and then it’s over in a day. It’s almost a mourning period when it’s over with lots of mixed emotions.
So the big elephant in the room….what now?
Well, Marine Corp Marathon was my 4th marathon, and my 3rd in a year. There are tons of people that run more than that in a year, but most run multiple in the same season. I’ve done one each season. Last October, April and this October. That means I’ve been running long without a break for pretty much a year straight (and then some) and I must say, I’m tired.
Tired of early mornings.
Tired of not being able to sleep in on the weekend (as much as you can with kids under the age of 7).
Tired of making my kids sit in front of a tv for hours on end so I can get my miles in on the treadmill (well, more guilt on that one).
Tired of my life revolving around my training schedule.
Tired of not feeling comfortable in my normal clothes because I always gain weight when I’m training for a marathon despite eating healthy and not over-indulging.
It’s time for a break.
A big break.
No, don’t worry, I’m not giving up on running. I’m not giving up that Boston dream quite yet. But I am going to put it on the back burner for a bit. I’ve decided that I’m separating from the marathon. Not divorcing it, just taking a little space for a bit to see how we really feel about each other.
I’m holding strong to peer pressure because I’ve already had several friends planning next fall’s marathon and I am still saying no.
So, the plan is to really get strong over the next year. I want to really work on strength training and core and focus on those issues that may be holding me back from actually getting me where I want to be.
It’s funny. When I told my husband my plan, he applauded and I could tell he was a bit relieved. I know it’s not easy on the family and he has been so incredibly supportive.
Mr. Cupcake: “I think it’s a great idea to focus on shorter distances. What do you think a new goal will be?”
Me: “I really want to get strong and fast. I’m thinking of a really fast half in the the spring.”
Mr. Cupcake: “Ummm, a half is still long distance. How can you call that a break?”
Me: “Ummmm, it’s not 26.2 miles, it is definitely a break.”
Mr. Cupcake: “yea, not so much.”
“You don’t understand! I’ve been running long distance for over a year, anything under 26.2 miles is short distance.” Palm to forehead.
So, I will be working on getting strong and hopefully won’t lose my focus because of miles that I HAVE to get in. Training for a half marathon is SO much easier and less time consuming! I’ve made the promise to myself that there will be no marathon in 2016….UNLESS (of course there is a caveat)…..some really crazy, amazing opportunity came along that I could NOT pass up.
Right now I only have 2 races on the calendar.
Shoot, I may just quit running, move to Vegas and get a job as an Elvis impersonator.
I’ll be running this race as a Rock N Blogger and I’m so excited!! I have no goals for this race whatsoever. It’s been a rough few weeks around here with a traveling hubby, sick kids and no sleep so I’ve gotten very little running in. I plan on taking it easy and enjoying running on the strip. Did you know that the Las Vegas Strip only closes down twice a year? Yep, for this race and New Year’s. It’s a pretty big deal. I want to enjoy it in all it’s tacky glory. Not to mention I’ll be sitting around a pool all day with Nat and my friend Dana enjoying some cocktails….race? What race?
I am actually registered for this one and it’s one of my favorite half marathons ever. It also holds the title for my half PR (1:50), so my intent is to get a shiny NEW PR.
And after that I have nothing on the books. I would really like to run a few new to me races this year. I seem to run the same ones over and over again and find myself getting a little bored. I’m thinking maybe the Historic Half and possibly the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland, ME. We vacation up there over the summer and now my parents have a house in Maine, so that seems like a no brainer.
Who knows, maybe work on some 5K or 10K PR’s?
It feels really weird to not have a full racing schedule lined up for next year but as of now I’m ok with that. Ask me again in a few months when everyone is gearing up for racing season again, I may start to get the itch.
What I do know is that a break from the marathon is a necessity right now, and will hopefully bring me back stronger and faster than ever, at least that is the goal. I have a few friends that are giving me a hard time, teasing me that I will never follow through with my vow to not run a marathon next year and part of me wonders if they are right.
So there you have it. Not necessarily earth shattering but definitely a change from what you have been seeing from me. But a good change I think. I can’t wait to continue to share my NEW training adventures with ya’ll!Taking a marathon break. Say it ain't so! via @suzy399 #motherrunner #marathoner #sweatpink #fitfluential Click To Tweet
Do you usually have a mourning period after a big race?
Have you ever taken a long break from something you really loved?