With four days until race day, people are looking ahead to what’s next.
What’s your plan for after Nike? Do you have any other races on the calendar? How do you plan to stay in shape?
– Planning in Portland
Wow, the race hasn’t even happened yet and you’re already talking about the future? You guys are tough. Can’t a girl even get a couple of days off to rest her tired legs?
The truth is, I don’t know what’s next. For a long time I’ve sworn that 13.1 miles is more than enough distance for me, and that I’d retire from the distance running as soon as I checked the box on this half, sticking with 10k and 5k races in the future. But the truth is, I’m not built for speed. I’ll never be competitive with the naturally fast runners in a 5k, and the 10k is too short to be long and too long to be short. Is that really the right length for me?
More than a few people have insisted that I’m really cut out for marathons, but I don’t know how I feel about that. It’s not race day that scares me (well, it scares me a little). I don’t think I’m willing to commit to the lifestyle change that a marathon would require. That’s a lot of time away from the family, a lot of careful and creative schedule-juggling to make it work. That’s stressful. Is it worth it to check the marathoning box? I’m really not sure.
I don’t have any races on the calendar, the first time I’ve been without a race goal all year. I’m eyeing a few, but I haven’t committed. I want to see how I feel after Nike, and what I’m prepared to take on. It’s been a long time since my last half — three years, to be exact — and I really don’t know how much of a difference my training will make. Of course, I have all of these fantasies about running faster than my goal pace and proving to myself that I’m some sort of distance runner extraordinaire. Reality will probably involve cramping legs and blisters.
For now, I’m planning on a slow, easy recovery for the first two weeks after the race, and probably a nice pedicure and leg massage to thank my feet for carrying me to the finish line. Once November rolls around… well, we’ll see.
Do you always have a big race on your calendar, or do you have a running pendulum that swings from all-in to couch potato?