Long range running goals aren’t really an option for me now, but they will be in about 4-5 months. Which means I’m allowing myself to dream about what kind of mission I want to tackle next. I’m kind of done obsessesing about qualifying for Boston. I think it’s amazing if you do it, and I wouldn’t hate it if it happened, but it’s not all-consuming in my head right now either. I am, however, craving some adventure. So here’s what I’m thinking
1. Work on shorter distance racing. I really am better at the 5-8k distances and although they hurt like whoa, I’m pretty good at them. Pretty good being relative. I mean, my age-graded scores are much higher here. So I could work on getting fast on the short stuff. It’s still hard to do.
2. Run another marathon and try to PR. I’m not done with the marathon. I don’t think. I still dream about it on long runs but each time I run longer than 15 miles I think, really? This? Then again, Eugene would work perfectly next year and it’s a glorious time of year to train for a marathon around here. Not hot, sometimes rainy, but not hot. And it’s a great course and I have family in Eugene.
3. An ultra marathon. Although I haven’t talked about it much on here, I’m kind of good and kind of love trail running. I live 25 miles from the Western States trail adn tons of beautiful trail runs and there’s really no reason I shouldn’t be able to train for and run a decent 50k. But do I really want to run for 30 miles? Seems kinda nuts. But also fun. But also nuts. But then again, fun.
4. Do what I did two years ago and train the heck out of a March and May half-marathon and save my fire for CIM in December. It worked well last time, I heart that marathon because it’s essentially in my backyard (the finish is seriously a mile away) and it would be fun. But then again I’ve run that marathon twice and it could be boring. Not that a marathon is boring because it isn’t.
So that’s what I’m thinking. I’m going to train hard through the next 5 months (if my stupid Garmin EVER COMES. DELAYED AGAIN. UGH) so I’m in shape to tackle whatever I choose. And I’m going to keep doing yoga– I haven’t even had to use my foam roller since I started. And that’s saying something– used to have to roll 2-3 times per day. Plus, it’s fun.
In the meantime I’m doing a trail race in August and maybe a 5k in two weeks. MAYBE the 5k in two weeks. No guarantees, I could chicken out 🙂