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Friday, June 01, 2012

I have to admit, I’ve been having some post-run blues this week. I have been completely focused on the marathon for 3 months. Having such a huge goal kept me focused and on target with my workouts. Now that it’s over, I’m feeling a little listless. I’ve taken this week to recover. I’ve been walking every day, and today I finally feel normal again.

That means it’s time to start thinking about new goals and summer plans.

When I started talking to other people about the marathon, I kept being asked the same thing. “What’s next?” At first I thought what do you mean? I just ran a marathon! I’m going to rest!

But, the thing is, I need goals. They keep me focused and give me something to work for. Even though during the race I thought that I would never do another marathon, the next day I was thinking about how to improve for the next one. I know I’ll do another – but not for a couple years. I promised Andy ☺

I’m definitely excited to add some variety to my workouts. I want to do a lot more weight training while continuing my running. I’m aiming for 2-3 ST workouts, 2-3 short runs, and a long run / week. With Zumba and my other classes, it will be a lot, but I am so excited to get back into it.

I’m switching up my eating for the summer. I want to eat super clean 90% of the time. Hopefully, this will help me get rid of the rest of the extra weight. I want to be at my goal weight by the fall – which reminds me…

I want to keep racing. Right now I have 2 races in mind. They’re both in the fall, so I have plenty of time to improve my running. One is a short, fun one w/ a zombie theme. Andy and I will be running it together (hopefully with some of our friends), and it is going to be awesome. It looks like so much fun, and I am really excited to run w/ my husband.

The other race is the Leaf Peepers Half, which I’ve heard is a gorgeous run, and they apparently have awesome shirts – again, the only reason to do a race, right? Registration for Leaf Peepers opens soon, and I need to make sure I register ASAP. Last year I waited too long. It was a filled in a week.

So, that’s what’s next for now. I also need to finish up studying for my personal trainer certification and take the test. I hope to be certified by the end of the summer. I’m really excited about having some new goals, and I hope to have time to get back to my writing, too. It’s going to be an awesome summer.
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    Sounds like you have plenty to focus on! I really wanted to do "Run For Your LIves" (Zombie Run). I just can't justify it financially right now. I hope you have a blast! Fitness + Doing things you LOVE = AWESOME!

    2183 days ago
    Wow, that's a lot of great healthy goals right there! Even post-marathon, you blow me away with your dedication to exercise and working out and fitness. And here I thought I exercised a lot. :) The races sound fun, and good luck with your personal training certification - NOT that you need luck! You're on fire!
    2183 days ago
    Great goals! Good luck! emoticon
    2183 days ago
    Sounds like some great goals to keep you moving forward! Good luck!
    2183 days ago
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