My immediate post-race plan was: Take it easy. So I have been doing that. I went for a four miler Thursday and then rested, went for a six miler Sunday and am resting today. Tomorrow I plan to start working on metabolic training with a 30-minute easy easy run. The rest of the week will be yoga, strength training, and working to get back into a regular fitness routine.
But it’s still race season, so I don’t want to stop just yet! I considered running the Richmond half-marathon this coming weekend – I’ve heard really good things about it and I do love a half- but I have a lot of other things going on that weekend and don’t want to stress out with the travel.
So instead I picked a nice 10K. The Alexandria Run for Shelter isn’t the most exciting course – an out-and-back on Eisenhower Avenue – but it’s close to my house and I’m starting to really enjoy the 10K distance. Plus, it’s for a good cause – fighting homelessness in Northern Virginia. I promise a report!
And then I started thinking about spring, because the bigger spring races are filling up/raising prices now. But I ran three giant races this year and I kind of wanted to do something smaller this spring. I considered Rock n Roll USA, but I’m not crazy about the course changes and want to hear what other people have to say about it. The Nike Women’s Half in DC is another option, and I might still do it. It’s for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, after all. But it’s pricey and I’m sure it will be a mob scene. Fun, but crazy.
I ultimately settled on the B&A Trail Half-Marathon. I read good things about it from other bloggers and Twitterati. It’s small and doesn’t have a lot of crowd support, but after the insanity of the races this year, I think I’ll enjoy the quiet!