It’s exactly one month until I run the Catamount Half Marathon. Hooooooly crap.
In some ways, I feel like I’m totally ready. I can comfortably run 9+ miles and not die. I’m not injured. I still like running. In other ways, I’m freaking out. What if it’s blazing hot and humid the day of the race? What if the course is all hills? What if I finish last?
Obviously, there’s not much I can do at this point except keep up with my training and hope for the best. But beginning the final countdown is also making me look ahead to what happens after.
I’ve been working toward this goal since March. I’ve logged countless hours and miles, spent so much time in the gym. I’ve written about it and talked about it and thought about it and not much else for months. This is the biggest, most long-term fitness goal that I’ve ever actually stuck with. So what do I do when it’s over?
I’m not sure that I’m up for marathon training just yet. While the idea is incredibly appealing, the thought of actually running 26.2 miles, spending somewhere around 5 hours running, just doesn’t do it for me. So then what? More halves (halfs?)? Do I go back and race a 10k, since I went straight from 5k to half marathon? So many options!
I’m afraid that once I no longer have a concrete goal, I’ll lose all my motivation and stop running. Don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy running. But I also enjoy sleeping in…Watching TV…Reading…Eating…And usually when it’s a choice between working out or not, I choose not. But knowing that I signed up to run this half marathon has kept me going, even when I’d rather be sitting on my butt.
Any suggestions for staying motivated after a big race?