I can say in all honesty that no race I’ve ever done before has knocked me down the way this one has. I have been pretty worthless all week. No energy and no enthusiasm for anything physical. Just finding the energy to get to the grocery store has been a challenge.
So I’m not going to fight it. I’ve been “sleeping in” until 6:30 every day. I’ve taken a couple of naps. I’ve barely worked (probably not such a good thing when you consider upcoming deadlines!). I’ve caught up with the kids, and I’ve spent time catching up with friends. Two lunch dates and two coffee dates. Not such a bad way to spend some time!
As for 2013 racing–I’ve got a few ideas swirling around in my head, but as I said in this post, now is not the time to act. Any move I make will be going on raw emotion right now. I need time to really think things through, really decide how I want to spend my next few months. Of course part of me wants to run another marathon and get it right. But the other part of me just wants a break and wants to concentrate on a couple of choice halfs and 10-milers. First world problems.
My plan for next week–to start easing back into activity. Swimming and cycling for sure, but not so sure about running. That is until Dec. 15 and 16, when I have two “races.” One is the annual Celtic Solstice 5-miler in Baltimore, where I definitely will be running easy with no chip (and going to brunch with my friends after). The next day I am doing a 4-mile trail relay with my daughter, a tradition we began last year. This is the kind of running I need right now.
In the meantime, you can probably find me on the couch!
Ever have a race knock you for a loop? Do you listen to your mind and body or push through?