Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What next?

The marathon was much more fun than I expected it to be. Someone told me that means I didn't push hard enough. That's probably true. I know I could have run it faster. I will run my next one faster. But I had an absolute blast AND posted what I consider a respectable finish time. That's enough for a first marathon.

One thing I just noticed is that I negative split my first marathon. My second half was 3 minutes faster than my first half. I planned to do that, but did not expect to do that. I'm really happy about that. I know it's more because of a conservative start than a strong finish, but the finish was strong enough. I'll finish my next one even stronger.

One thing I failed to mention in my VERY long recap is how giddy I was for the first 15-16 miles. I had a goofy grin on my face that I couldn't remove! I was truly taking in the moment, saying, "I can't believe I'm running a marathon!" And I felt MUCH better than I expected to.

So, what next? I definitely want to run Rocket City again next year. I want to train harder for it and run it faster. But what about the immediate future? I need a big race to train for to keep myself in shape. I didn't sign up for Mt. Mist because I didn't think I was worthy of that race. After the marathon performance, I believe I could finish it, but it's too late to sign up now. Oh well. I'm thinking about the Black Warrior 50k. I've never done trail running, and I don't have any trail shoes. I'm also considering the Country Music Half Marathon (maybe even the full 26.2? Naa, it's too soon). And I'll support as many local, shorter races as I can by running or volunteering.


Rae! said...

As long as I finish the Half in Jan. I plan on doing the Country Music half with my trainer. she lives in Nashville.
a 50k? So that is like 2 marathons?

mgreene said...

Eric, FYI, you don't really need trail shoe to do trails - especially the Black warrior as it's mostly flat (just muddy :) ). I had planned on doing it this year, but with my hip problem may not be in shape (maybe the 25K). I think you'll really enjoy the trails - much more fun doing 15 trail miles than 15 road miles!

Tanjie said...

If you're not having any fun with running, then why do it?
Yes, it's great to clock a good finish...but it's even better if you can clock a great finish AND log some great memories as well.
What good would a great finish be if your only memories of the race are of being in misery the whole time?
You pushed plenty hard and still had fun. That's all there is.