Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Back to running!

Yesterday was my first "real" run post marathon. I did 5 miles and did it technology-free, so no iPod and no Garmin. It was nice to just go out and run what felt good. And now that my underarm chafing is gone (thank goodness!) and my legs are feeling rested, running felt great.

Several people told me that after running a marathon I'd be hooked and would immediately want to sign up for another one. That's not happened yet. I'm thrilled to be a REAL MARATHON RUNNER, and I still can't believe I qualified for Boston. But I'm not feeling the need to sign up for another race at this point. I'm enjoying the freedom of doing other things -- P90X, playing with my new rope, doing Art of Strength DVDs -- and I think it's ok to be a little more free form for now. I will still be running, as I really want to hit 1500 miles for the year and with just 43 to go it seems pretty doable in the next 15 days.

What will next year hold? I really don't know at this point, and I'm ok with that. But since I am happiest when working towards a goal, I'll be working on finding a new goal soon.

13 comments:

Kim said...

Glad you had a good run and your chafing is a non issue now.

Looking forward to seeing what your new goals will be.

Kelly Olexa said...

Curious to know how you like P90X...??

;-)
KO

Julianne said...

There's no hurry! There's tons of races next year and if you want to sign up for one, you will have time. i think it's great that your'e SIMPLY enjoy your runs.

Brit-Man said...

I'm glad things are okay for you.

Take care and best wishes :-) :-).

Matt

vfosdal said...

Congratulations on qualifying for the Boston! I assume you're going to run it?

*aron* said...

ohh i cant wait to run :) i said 2 weeks but i dont know if i can make it :)

leslie said...

Kim -- I'm looking forward to seeing what my goals are too!!! :)

leslie said...

Kelly O -- I really like P90X. It's great if you want to build muscle and look and be stronger. Since I put on muscle pretty easily, I don't know that I'd do a 6 day P90X rotation, but I like doing their workouts a couple of times a week.

leslie said...

Julianne -- Thanks, daughter! :)

leslie said...

Matt -- Hi! Some of your comments have had me laughing out loud. I'll write more as I revisit older posts.

leslie said...

vfosdal -- Thanks! When you qualify for Boston, you have two years to run it, and I think I want to do it in 2010. Planning for this April feels too soon as I'm a little burned out on running at the moment!

leslie said...

Aron -- I had some people say take a month off after a marathon (SO not happening!). Others said to go by how your body feels. Last week running felt BAD. This week I feel somewhat tired and I know I'm running slow, but boy does it feel good!

kch said...

I'm with you in not being overly anxious to hurry up and run another marathon. I'm planning to take at least a year off and stick to half-marathons and shorter in 2009.

Glad you're back out there on the roads.