I mentioned after my last race that I was a bit burned out on the racing front and looking forward to getting back to some training. Well, that’s where I am right now and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
Having a little race break has allowed me to increase some mileage, get back on the track consistently, and just be in a routine. It’s nice.
I think spending time in training mode lets you remember why you run in the first place. It’s not that I don’t like racing–I love it–but just logging miles is refreshing. You get to enjoy the scenery, enjoy your running partners, and just be in the moment with running. I’m really looking forward to fall marathon training now also, because I do love logging the miles (I’m a bit of a mileage junkie).
The question I now face is how much more racing I want to do this summer. I am signed up for a 10-miler in late June and am looking forward to it. Do I throw in a 5k or two over the summer? Do I do the Annapolis 10-miler in late August? I always love that race. Then there’s the question of a half-marathon in early fall. I’ll probably do one as a way to gauge my marathon fitness level. And finally, a late-season marathon. Not sure which one yet, but I will do one–I can’t wait.
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the peace of just training.