Since crossing the Chicago Marathon finish line last Sunday, I’ve been asked some fairly expected questions:
What’s your next goal race?
Was Chicago a one and done, or will you run another marathon?
Will you ever run Chicago again?
Will you run with a charity group again?
Maybe its because I’m delirious from the runner’s high of having run my first marathon, because I’m thinking that someday I will run another marathon. I’m not sure when that will be, but it definitely won’t be anytime soon. After spending 18 weeks training for Chicago, the bulk of which was during my summer vacation, I’m realizing that despite running long distances in heat and humidity that training for a fall marathon fits best with my schedule. It was incredibly challenging to balance school, family, and marathon training once the school year had started.
Running Chicago was an absolutely incredible experience, which is part of why its taking me so long to put my race recap together. Despite it being a challenging day for me and not being able to run the race that I had hoped to run, I had such a fun time running Chicago. I loved the course, the crowd support was nothing short of amazing, and I’m beyond thankful that I had the opportunity to make my marathon experience meaningful by running for a charity. I will most certainly run the Chicago Marathon again.
Not only will I make it a priority to run Chicago again, but I will also run with a charity group again in the future. I had nothing but a positive experience running on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and running with a charity group made my first marathon that much more meaningful.
As for what’s next, my focus in the short term will be on continuing to recover from Chicago. I went for my first post-marathon run last night, and it was obvious from the start of my run that my legs are still tight and tired. I plan to resume regular exercise this week, but will be putting more time and focus into cross and strength training over the next couple of weeks. I plan to run once, maybe twice, a week during this break from being “in training.”
I am not currently registered for any other races this year, and if I do run anymore races it’ll be a local 5k or 10k. My next big races are in February, when I’ll be traveling to Disney World with my friend Kathleen for a girls weekend. We’ll be running the Princess Half Marathon, as well as the Enchanted 10k the day prior. The focus of both of these races will be on having fun, and although I’ll train for these races the focus of my training will be on crossing the finish lines safely.
Although I have a long list of possible races for 2018, I haven’t committed to any yet. My family already has quite a bit on our spring calendar, so it’ll be a matter of finding the right race that fits into that calendar. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the mental and physical break of being “in training” and am excited about shifting the time and focus that training takes to other things.
QOTD: What race is next on your calendar?