Three days after my second marathon, and Mike's first marathon finish, I ran! It was only two miles, but they felt good and faster than I probably should have gone. Yesterday, Mike participated in the Corporate Challenge with his co-workers. I decided not to participate since we wouldn't be racing and my company does not pay its employees' entry fees, but Mike's does.
Walking with one of his co-workers
It was a fun time and I enjoyed cheering on the runners/walkers and our friends. The storm after the race was a bit of a downer, but we didn't get too wet.
My personal Facebook friends have probably realized this about me, but I experience post-race depression often. I don't really experience it with 5Ks or 10Ks, unless it is an amazing race, but I do with most everything else. I have a hard time accepting that the training, the race, the fun times are truly over.
Which is why I usually end up registering us for a race immediately after. However, this time I didn't get to do that because we are already registered for Musselman (70.3) in July and our next marathon in October, the MDI Marathon.
I know that I announced on the blog that I will attempt to run an ultra this year, but that is going to have to wait. There are a few reasons but the main ones are that Mike doesn't have any PTO left, hotels in NYC in November can be ridiculous and I want to run a marathon in early 2014.
I don't know if I will always want to be a two-marathon-a-year kind of runner, but while I can do it, I want to do it. 2014 is going to be the year of the Ironman so I wasn't sure if a second marathon would be a good idea. However, if we do one early enough then I think we would have enough time to recover before seriously starting Ironman training.
Right now the top contenders are:
The Bermuda Marathon - January 19, 2014
This one just looks like fun, and who wouldn't want to go to Bermuda?
ING Miami Marathon - February 2, 2014
Our friends Amber and Greg are running the half and would be there to support us, which would make a huge difference during the second half of the race.
Albany Marathon - March 1, 2014?
Flat and fast and right before my birthday, and this would give us some extra down time before starting to train after MDI.
As happy as I was with the outcome of Sunday's marathon, I still know that I can do better. I'm not sure if the MDI marathon will be the marathon to try to PR, though. It is my hometown marathon, we are running with friends and it is HILLY! I want to just enjoy the experience and not have to worry about PRing, at least that is my thought process for now.
To some I may be "obsessed", and yea I probably am a little bit but there are worse things to be obsessed with, but to me I just know I am capable of so much more. I enjoy putting in the work, which if you think about it is the main part anyway - the race is just the celebration.
Now we just have to decide which marathon to run in early 2014!