yeah. good question!!
well in the immediate future-recovery. taking an entire week of rest-my legs have earned it. today, the last bit of soreness went away from my quads (and subway stairs are no longer a problem) but still don’t want to push it. might start running again next week, might not-play it by ear. I do miss my Monday night spin classes, so now that I don’t have to worry about fitting miles in, would love to revisit those.
And for the rest of the year-just ease back into it. Might not go back to speedwork until ’07. Most likely I’ll be able to make an appearance at next month’s club points race, the Joe Kleinerman 10K-I think 5 weeks is enough recovery time. Little iffy about a 5-mile race on Thanksgiving-too close, I think.
But I’m sure the burning question is-will I do another marathon? The answer is yes-but not until next fall. I want to stay away from the spring for now, as I am afraid that year-round marathon training may lead to burnout, plus I’d like to target some shorter races for late spring, like April/May. I’ve never run a 10-mile race before, plus I’d still like to get that half-mary time under 1:45. So that’s the plan for spring to keep me motivated, but not burned out.
And for fall-well I have my 9 races done so I have a guaranteed spot in next year’s NYCM, should I decide to go for it again. But I’m debating whether to make a repeat performace there, or run a different one in hopes of a faster time (only downside to that would be not having the home field advantage like I have in NYC.) And a couple of you on and off the blog have hinted to me at the possibility of trying for a BQ…I’ll have to play it by ear. 18 minutes is a lot of time to shave off. Maybe, with a little more mileage (I peaked at 41 mpw this time around) I could get there, but it would also depend on other things in my life allowing me the time to get in higher mileage-and if my body will hold up as well. But I have plenty of time to try for a BQ (and hey, if it takes long enough I’ll only have to shave off 13 minutes!!)
So that’s the plan for now. We now return to our regularly scheduled recovery…