I rode my marathon high for about two days before reality set in big time. IT WAS OVER! Now what?? And, I mean now what in a big, big way. It was a huge decision for me to decide to run a marathon. I loved the training process. I enjoyed the race. I was happy with my effort during the race and my time. I truly felt a little lost as to my next running goal or plan or goal or plan or .....
Thankfully, we left six days after the marathon for Colorado. It was a beautiful (literally) distraction from my brain and all my thinking about running. I had so much fun doing nothing to worry about it too much. However, I did use the time to come to some realization as to what to do next. There was something in the mountain air that helped me achieve clarity.
After the race, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. There was all this build up and anticipation and excitement. The unwrapping/running occurred and then it was over. It was a little depressing to be totally honest. It was made even harder because I was too sore to run. My stress reliever was not available to me. This morning I read an article about what to do after a marathon and the author compared it to the feelings on the day after Christmas! How crazy coincidental is that?!
So, what is my plan. I have decided to run the Zooma Half Marathon in Annapolis in June. I am totally psyched about the race. I get to spend the weekend with my sister and her family. I get to run in Annapolis, which is a place I totally adore. The half marathon is my favorite distance so I think this is the perfect follow up race for me. I have yet to decide if I am going to run for fun or race it, but that does not matter. I am just excited about what is next. Plans make me happy!