That’s pretty much the big question every time late fall rolls around and I’ve knocked out my big A-race for the season.
With Marine Corps behind me, I’ve been using Hurricane Sandy as an excuse to hunker down and stay curled up in my bed resting my tired legs. It’s helped a little bit. My legs are slightly less sore this morning, and I’m now I’m getting that antsy looking-ahead feeling.
Technically, my off-season started this week. I have the next several months to do whatever I want fitness wise. The thing is, right now, I’m not sure what I want.
Two or three weeks ago, I was 100% sold on signing up for an 8-week intro session at a local CrossFit box (Why are CrossFit gyms called boxes? I have never understood this.) I figured it was the perfect way to completely change things up and give my body something different. Plus, there was that added bonus of probably looking pretttty awesome after those 8 weeks.
Plus being able to do this would be cool.
Now I’m not totally sure though.
Mainly because at some point yesterday, I decided I really want to run another marathon. Soon. Like within the next several weeks. I feel like I put in all those weeks of training, and I should get more than one race out of them.
I bounced the idea off a few friends, both runners and non-runners, because I knew my runner friends would just be enablers. The runners obviously told me to go for it. The non-runners were slightly more hesitant, and I’m still really unsure.
My one friend did find a pretty ideal race though. It’s teeny tiny (only 350 people), local and three-weeks away. That would give me time to recover, get in a few more runs and then tackle the distance again.
I’m not totally sold, but I sort of feel like I have unfinished business with 26.2 and kind of want another crack at it. But I don’t know, the pain in my legs is still very real, and I’m not sure I’m ready to put myself through that again.
Then there’s the option of picking up lots of shorter local runs. This time of year I feel like you can find a 5K or a 10K to run every weekend if you wanted to. And maybe I could use my awesome marathon training to take a crack at my shorter distance PRs.
Lots of options, not sure which one is calling my name the loudest. So really, I’m just not sure what’s next. Anyone have any ideas for me?