Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What’s Next?

Odds are I will do another one. The training was really good for me, both mentally and physically, and I’m surprised how different I feel now that it’s over. I have been going to the gym almost daily for their fitness classes, but I seriously feel like I’m lacking that extra “umph” I had for life. While training, I spent almost all my “extra thinking time” on running. Now that I’m done, I have all this extra mental space to worry about my job, my relationship, traveling, money, and a lot of other things that are completely fine and shouldn’t be wondered about. My mind wants more stimulation.

Training was really hard. The toughest part was forcing myself to start the run. Once I was out there, it really wasn’t that hard to keep going. Except during the race. On race day I thought the motivation would just... be there... but no. Not so much for me. And training was especially tough on days when it was raining or when my social life interfered.

But it only rained a few times. And I could always see my friends after a run.
There is no way that beer would have tasted as good as it did, had I not run 7 miles before drinking it.

So, yeah, now that I know I can do it, I’m considering doing it again. Who'da thunk?

At first I wanted to do the Disney Half, in early January, in Walt Disney World. I’ve never been there, and what a great way to finally visit Harry Potter World. Yet, after reading a bunch of blog posts about the race I tossed that idea. The whole things sounds way too crowded for me with way too much time spent standing around before the race. Plus, the park would be packed full of all the runners and their families, making it even more crowded than normal. Not my cup of tea.

My next idea was the Austin Half in February. It’s a pretty easy course that goes through the heart of the city, and many of my runner-friends have already done it. I probably should do it too.

A co-worker suggested I consider Austin’s 3M Half, which is annually held at the end of January. The North-to-South course is mostly downhill, and is much less crowded than Austin. Meaning... less people to trip over.

But, I’ve been considering a few others as well:

This could be a nice Memorial Day weekend trip:
Happy Girls Run (Bend, OR)

It's not quite 13.1, but this race would be beautiful:
Cherry Blossom Run (Washington, DC)

I kind of have to do this one:
See Jane Run (Austin)

Katie just finished this one as her first:
Rock the Parkway (Kansas City, MO)

Or, I go up to KC in the fall?
Kansas City Marathon (Kansas City, MO)

One thing I know for sure, is that I want somebody to do it with me. Yeah, a few girls I know did the Zooma Half, but we weren't really "in it together." I don't want a running buddy, because that screws up my pace. But, it's really nice to know that somebody else is doing their run too, and that you're both feeling the same emotions throughout the training. Plus, when you're thinking about running during every spare moment, it's nice if you can talk to somebody else about it who actually cares.

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