When my first marathon was over 5 years ago, I felt like I had no reason left to run. Not only was I still nursing injuries sustained during training, I just didn’t feel like running. I remember feeling the post-marathon blues in the weeks following the Marine Corps Marathon. My first attempt at running 3 weeks post-race was an epic fail so I certainly didn’t consider signing up for another race – of any distance – at that point in time.
Now that the Baltimore Marathon is over, I don’t even have a slightest twinge of the post-marathon blues. What’s the difference this time around? First of all, I’m not injured. Yay for that! Second of all, I’m looking ahead. I’m registered for 3, soon to be 4 races in 2012.
While training for the Baltimore Marathon, I hit a point where I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to run another marathon again after the race was over. The training was taxing physically and mentally. I thought after the race I would decide to stick with half marathons. What changed? I ran the marathon and had a blast. No, it wasn’t all happy times during those 26.2 miles, but it was still awesome and I can’t wait to do it again.
Here is what 2012 will bring…
- Rock ‘n Roll USA Marathon on March 17. I am officially signed up to run the race with Team in Training for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have professed my love for TNT many times in the past and I am ecstatic to be running with them again. Feel free to help me get a jump on my fundraising! My goal for this marathon may be a little too ambitious, but I want my finish to be closer to the 4 hour mark than the 5, preferably under 4:30. That means lots of speed work to come!
- Iron Girl Half Marathon on April 29. I’m not going to lie. I have high hopes for this race. My half marathon goal is a sub-2 hour finish. My current PR is 2:08 from when I ran the ZOOMA Half Marathon and I’d love to crush that!
- Maryland Half Marathon on May 6. This race was my return to the long distance race scene last year. It will be in our area again in 2012. I don’t have any goal in mind for this race except to finish it with my hubby by my side. I also have 3 family members who have tentatively committed to running it. I can’t wait to see them cross the finish line!
- Warrior Dash on May 19 or 20. I haven’t taken the leap and registered yet, but hubby and I will be doing this crazy race together, along with several family members. It’s going to be tough, but I think we’re going to have fun anyway. Hubby originally wanted to do the Tough Mudder – a 10-12 mile race with 25 obstacles. I was able to convince him that we should start with the Warrior Dash – a 3 mile race with a mere 12 obstacles. I know this race is going to kick my butt. The added bonus is that I’ll have to pretend that picking up Zain all the time is my strength training and I’ll have to do real strength training to get ready.
I am so happy to have so many awesome races to look forward to in the Spring. I will be finishing off the racing season in 2011 with a 5K on Thanksgiving with hubby and Z!
What races are you looking ahead to?