Here I am, two weeks out from a marathon and just about six weeks left in the year (tell me how that’s possible). As the year draw to a close, I’m hearing all about other runners’ plans for the coming year. Believe me, I’m tossing lots of possibilities around in my head, too.
Do I want to run a spring marathon? A 50k? Or maybe just concentrate on shorter races, like 10 milers and halfs for the winter/spring, and then put the focus on another fall marathon?
So many options and I can make an argument for all of the above scenarios. Odds are, I’ll be happy no matter what I decide. No, I will be happy no matter which way I go, because as long as I’m healthy, running and racing, life is good.
But even though I am a planner, I’m going to wait to map out my 2013 until after the marathon on Dec. 2. Why? Because the outcome of my marathon will probably weigh on my decisions. Even so, I’m still going to give it at least two weeks post-marathon before I make up my mind. I don’t want the emotion of the marathon to get in the way of my thought process. Have a good race and I’ll be riding a high, ready to pull the trigger on the next one. Have a bad one and I might want a redemption race. So to my mind, it’s better to let the dust settle, count to 10, and then think about 2013.
Of course, with the way of today’s racing scene, I am potentially missing out on some races that will sell out quickly. The Cherry Blossom 10-miler in April is one I won’t let go by me–I’ll throw my name into the lottery in December for sure. Love this race and will do it no matter what my “bigger” racing plans are.
So that’s my undecided situation for 2013 at this point. Where do you stand on 2013 racing plans?