All those early morning runs over the summer, all those weeks of training to race for 1 hour and 33 minutes.
The race I spent all summer thinking about really did go by fast. I loved every second of training just as much as I loved running the race. It's the after race part that I don't exactly like.
Sometimes I wish that training could just go on and on - but of course that would get boring. But nonetheless (for me) there is just something about training that I love.
I didn't exactly spend last week recovering from this race in the best way since I was traveling for work the day after the race and then camping the following weekend. I was never more grateful to sleep in my own bed after camping out in the cold for two nights.
Every Sunday I try to plan out my week - and this week was no different. I pulled up my calender and planned my runs, mostly morning runs and how far each would be. It is hard not to have a plan anymore and even though I could be completely lazy and sit on the couch, I know that getting in some runs will make my week go much smoother.
But I keep thinking what is the purpose of my running right now? What is the point besides to keep up my base mileage?
There are a few things that stand out - a few reasons why I need to run.
1. 5k races - I have three on my radar right now. In fact, I am running my first on October 13th and then another on October 21st! I have a few fall 5k races that I just love because they are flat and fast. I can't wait to run fast in the cool fall mornings.
2. My running buddy's wedding - I am a bridesmaid in the wedding (yay!) and I have this dress that needs to fit. No one wants to see me rip my dress because it is too tight! When I bought this dress back in the spring, I intentionally bought a size that I knew would fit if I remained the same size and so even though I am in post race mode, I have been really watching my diet. No cookies or cake or candy for me. Until October 19th!
3. Work stress - I have a huge project at work right now with lots of deadlines coming up. Maintaining my weekly runs really helps to keep my stress level down and also helps to keep me calm and collected and not totally blow up at my co-workers when things don't go right.
So for now I am going to keep running, add in a little bit of speed work as I get ready for some shorter speedy races and just enjoy October! It is going to be a great month!