First off, if you haven't entered my giveaway yet, go HERE and do so! It ends tomorrow! I'm really excited to see who wins and because of your awesomeness I am now up to 40 followers! Woo! That might not seem like much to some of you more popular bloggers out there, but I am so psyched!
So, it is only Tuesday. It has been 9 days since MCM and I can tell you that all the post-marathon hype is true. You get depressed. You don't know what to do with your free time. And you eat like you're still training. Yesterday it felt like all my clothes were a size too small. I pulled on last year's grey cords this morning and barely got them on. Of all the misconceptions I had going into the marathon, losing weight was the biggest one. I wasn't actively trying to lose weight but I naively assumed that all the mileage would either cause me to drop a few pounds or at least maintain where I was. Ha. What folly. I might be the heaviest I've been in several years. Sigh. I was definitely eating like I was training, a combination of good stuff and total crap, which probably explains the weight gain.
Now that I don't have a specific goal race in mind, I definitely need to get organized again. Yes, I have a few races coming up in the next few months but nothing like a full marathon. I'm open to doing another full next year but I'm not actively researching it yet. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin, there are so many choices. Once school ends for the year and my final 2011 races are over, I am going to sit down and try to set some goals for 2012. I have several in mind but I'm not sure whether they will conflict and if having multiple goals for one training season is a reasonable idea. The one thing I'm pretty sure of is that whatever I choose to go for next year, going full time with CAR is going to be a part of it. I've lurked on my fair share of track workouts and its about time I either go all in or go home.
I'm sure the best thing I could do for my post-race blues is to go out for a run but I haven't been able to get myself out the door. I have any number of perfectly valid excuses, but in reality I'm just a bit nervous. You wouldn't think I'd be intimidated by a 3-5 mile test run, but I am. I feel like I wasn't that banged up after the race but maybe my body is just waiting to surprise me with something once I try to run again. Or I'm just being silly and paranoid. At any rate, unless I want to hit the gym at 6 am or midnight, my next chance to run is Saturday morning. I'd have some company, though, which will be nice. In fact, I am going to shoot that running buddy an email right now to lock that down. I can't tell you what a difference it makes to be accountable to someone else for a run.
Congrats to all the NYC finishers, I'm really proud of you and have enjoyed your race reports. Those are some killer times! I know some of you are still training for that big race, and I'm pulling for you. Just keep hanging in there and try not to let the taper make you too crazy. Once again, don't forget the giveaway! One entry for being a follower, an additional entry to tell me what you'd like to win, and one more entry if you post my giveaway on your blog. Good luck!