What’s next?

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!

Happy running!

What races are you looking ahead to?



  1. PhroYo says

    So happy for you! It looks like you have a really exciting and challenging line up for Spring 2012. Definitely needed to keep you going in the right direction.

    So far, my calendar includes:

    Rock and Roll USA Marathon (Actually registered for the half. Going to start training for the full marathon next week. If all goes well by December, I’ll upgrade to the full)

    Frederick Half Marathon

    Baltimore Half Marathon

    NYC Marathon (fingers crossed that I get in!)

    I am looking to join TNT too! I had a great time talking to some members at an information table at the Marine Corps Marathon expo. I am so excited to get started with this training and to start running to raise money for a great cause!

    • kristen says

      That’s an awesome line up! I hope you get into NYC! That’s a race on my bucket list and I hope to run it one day. Running with TNT is awesome. I hope you join them too!

    • kristen says

      How awesome! You should do it again next year ;). I’m glad it will be okay if I’m not that great everything during the race considering you saw someone drinking whiskey while they did it, haha! Thanks for the link!

  2. says

    I came to your blog through a SparkleSkirts link to your winter challenge. The first few lines of this post really spoke to me, so I clicked to read the rest. You see, I just finished my first marathon – the Marine Corps Marathon – three weeks ago. I got injured (IT Band Syndrome) during my last training run and I ran the MCM with that injury and it was horrific. I would have vowed never to do another one, but I had already signed up for 2 more (one the weekend after MCM which I ended up not doing – just walked the half). And now I have the Goofy Challenge at Disney World looming in 6.5 weeks. I’m still having trouble with my IT Bands and I ran yesterday for the first time. It was a big fail. How funny that you had the same experience! The marathon part of the Goofy challenge will be my last attempt at the full marathon. Now you have me wondering if I will have the same experience with my second full marathon that you did! :)

    Best of luck with your third marathon, and your other races! I did a Warrior Dash in the spring and it was a LOT of fun! I bet you’ll love it! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog now! :)

    • Kristen says

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so sorry to hear about your injury. It’s so frustrating when we have such big plans and our bodies let us down. I hope pain subsides ASAP and you have a better experience with your second marathon. Hang in there and good luck!!

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