Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Post race.

Ah, post-race let down.

Such a weird feeling and always combined with the question of "what's next?"

Three days post-race and I'm feeling fine. I went for an easy, slow run on Monday and my hamstrings definitely felt tired but that was about it. Then, yesterday, I did a half-hour Athletic Agility program on Exercise TV. That was different. Have you tried it? Hmm . . . it was a good -- but odd -- workout and I'm really feeling it in my shoulders today.

So, basically, my body feels good after having run a tough half marathon on Sunday. That, to me, means that I was well-trained to run at that pace and for that distance. OK, good. I should have been, considering I followed my training plan fairly well, except for when I missed some runs because of a little cold and the Lyme disease.

So . . . now what?

My friend Bridget was disappointed with her race on Sunday and is dying to run another half marathon -- a redemption race of sorts. I'm not sure I'm up for that right now. I am checking out other races and right now I'm toying with the idea of a 5K on 10/15 and then a 15K on 11/13. Our local running club's winter series starts in December so I'll try to run a few of those races and have already committed to the Winter Marathon Relay with Amanda and Suzy at the end of February.

Beyond that, I'm not sure. I'm contemplating another half marathon in the spring so I can go after my 1:46 again. I'm also contemplating running a full marathon, either in the spring or fall, but I'm really not sure if I have it in me. The months ahead will tell.

In the meantime, I plan to just run for fun for a while and enjoy the fall weather. I've been in "training mode" for several months and although the results have been positive I think that running without a plan for a bit will do me well.

How long do you take off after a big race before you start training again?

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Felice


Sabrina Hayes said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. It's good to know that other runners also think that cross training is... odd... and just not as pleasant.

AND that I'm not the only who can do something as AWESOME as running a half marathon and still feel a little disappointed. Been there!

Best wishes on your next Half.

ihaverun said...

I am so worried about that post race let down after Saturday's marathon. I was just thinking about what I can do to keep it from getting too bad. Another race sounds like the perfect solution!

Lora Abernathy said...

Sorry to hear your race was a let down. Enjoy the no-pressure fun runs this season.

ajh said...

It depends if I am still in a training cycle. I'm out of it now too and it feels good. I am planning to do nothing major all through the fall into winter. I will still race but nothing long.
Have you ever done Lake Placid Half?

Darlene said...

I'd like to do a spring half also.

Marlene said...

Enjoy the time off from a training plan - it's a great time of year to "just run." I am very much looking forward to some time off after my race next month!

Suzy said...

I usually have a plan for my next step after a race before the race actually happens. I know you have a marathon in you, but as you already know it is a time consuming endeavor.

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