Since finishing The North Face 50k I’ve felt lost. I had a super high feeling after the race and was really happy with what I accomplished. And then the dreaded post race letdown happen. I hadn’t signed up for any other races because I didn’t know what to expect after the race. I wasn’t sure if I would feel good or need significant time off.
I took the week off and didn’t run again until the next Saturday – April 16th. That was a run/walk with Kim. After that I ran on Tuesday and Thursday that week. I don’t feel like I need to maintain 5 days a week right now. In fact, I know I need a break.
Then I decided to sign up for another race. I wanted to ride my training a little bit and get in another long trail race. Not that long….it’s a 10 miler and it’s this coming Sunday. I feel confident that I still have the endurance for 10 miles. Since it’s a trail race there is no time pressure. I’ll just run when I can, walk when I need to, and crawl if necessary until I find the finish line. I’m excited to race again but it doesn’t carry the same weight that North Face did. I’m just using the training I already did and not taking it too seriously.
Last weekend I got in some good training runs. I ran almost 5 miles with Kim on Saturday morning and then was asked by some other friends if I wanted to trail run on Sunday. I said “hell yeah!” We ended up doing 9 miles on Sunday morning. The trail we did is around a lake and not very technical but it was perfect. I was so glad they asked me to run.
So where am I really going? I have no idea! And it’s annoying. I think I’m going to race again on Mother’s Day but I haven’t even signed up. It’s a 4 miler…..on roads. I know I can cover the distance but I have no idea if I could really attempt to PR.
There are some short, holiday races that I’m sure I will do this year. And I know I will do the Team River Runner Biathlon.
I’m torn between trails and roads. I know I don’t want to train for anything longer than a half marathon over the summer. I want to have time for all of the other things I like to do in the summer and training for the ultra consumed my entire winter.
I feel like I’ve never run a really good 10k and might focus on that distance while training to maintain my endurance to do 10 milers or half marathons.
I think I’m afraid that if I run anything less than a 50k someone is going to say “oh, that’s just a <insert race distance>.” That makes me sad. Every race distance deserves respect.
Wherever I’m going, I’m just going to keep moving forward until I get there.