Over the past ten days since Healdsburg, I’ve run precisely 13 miles. I’ve eaten all the bread, cake and ice-cream I wanted. I’ve sat on the sofa a lot, watched a lot of West Wing reruns (and have started Gilmore Girls) and I’ve slept until 7am every morning. It’s been delightful. It’s been bliss.
I always give myself a week off after a goal race. Always. After shorter races, I may run a little bit more…but not a lot. You may say ‘Cat, a whole week of sitting on the sofa eating crap is a little excessive’. And I would reply ‘Yes. Yes it is. Isn’t it great?’
I make no apologies. After the training and the focus and the effort of the race, I’ve learned that I need a short period just to be a slob. It’s actually more for preventing mental burnout rather than physical burnout. The worrying thing is how easily I could never run again. I love running, I really do, but I find that days of inactivity just inspire more days of inactivity and slowly, they mount up into weeks of inactivity.
Part of the reason I’ve not run much since Healdsburg is the lack of a goal. I wish I was the kind of girl who can self-motivate, the kind of girl that doesn’t need a goal in order to get out the house and run. But I’m not that girl – I DO need something to aim towards, so I spent Slob Week trying to decide what that goal should be.
After the disappointment of Healdsburg I spent a few evenings poring over race directories. I wanted to run a fast, flat, cool half as soon as possible for redemption. I wanted to blitz out a 5k immediately because I think I could run a short race hard at the moment. I thought I might try a 10k because I liked 10k training in the summer. Then I thought…no, trails! I haven’t run trails for ages. Basically, I wanted to run everything. Immediately. Hard.
(Running everything hard seems so do-able when you’re sat on the sofa eating Ben & Jerry’s)
The problem is that I want to do everything. Halves. 10ks, 5ks. Trails. However it’s surprisingly almost impossible to find a good PR-able half, 10k or 5k in the Bay Area until Christmas now. There are a few but they happen to be on weekends when I have commitments. On the weekend I’m free, there are no fast races. It’s all trail races now, which is awesome but not what I’m after.
I’m also itching to do some new stuff like swimming (kind of), a Barre class, a Zumba class, a spin class, some yoga. I want to ride my bike again. I’m even trying to put a date in the diary to try mountain biking. But basically I fancy some variety in my training.
The other added complication is that the Husband is running CIM on December 4th, so his training is starting to ramp up. He ran a trail race on Saturday (he ran it as training, he didn’t race it). It was his first trail race…he rocked it.
- I need a goal.
- There are no well-timed fast, flat races coming up.
- I want some variety in my training.
- I need to work around the Husband’s marathon
This morning I made it out the door in the inky blackness of 6am and was jogging along (without my Garmin) trying to think about what to do and slowly a plan emerged that got me excited. This is it.
- Do ParkRun 5k in Crissy Field on November 12th or November 19th.
- Do a fast 10k in December. Probably Quarry Lakes on December 18th.
- Cross train twice a week so I get to try new stuff.
- Get in a couple of trail races for fun as part of training.
- Turkey Trot with the boys in Bend, OR!
Then, come 2017…
- Race the Kaiser 5k on Feb 5th (never forget to get $5 off entry with the code CAT2017).
- Race the Bay Breeze 10k later in February (I PR’d last time I ran there).
- And my next goal half will be the Hellyer Half in March, which is where I got my current PR!!
And that, people, is a plan! Boomshakalaka!!