Now, I realize we are still 17 Days and 22 hours away from the Marine Corps Marathon. I am not delusional and thinking I have already finished it! I Swear!!!!!
On my twenty-mile run, I had a wee bit of time to think. I have been focused on the Marine Corps Marathon for 3 years now. I have spent a good chunk of those years training for it, just to have it derailed for two of those. But this year I am going to start AND finish it – even if I have to crawl or do it on crutches!
So what is after that? I have been exercising based on the Hal Higdon Novice 1 training plan (with slight modifications because I don’t follow directions well) for six months now. I have not really jumped on my Bowflex much, for fear of injuring myself- and as Mr. Higdon advises against adding strength training if you have already begun your marathon training – and haven’t been doing it before. In the bowflex book is a “bowflex-only” training and nutrition program designed to help lose weight and develop overall strength. I could definitely use both of these.
I have thought about doing Tang Soo Do, as I did enjoy it up in NY, but have avoided doing so since I moved down here. I am very aware of the ways I hurt myself there – even if minor. Done at the right (wrong) time – it would stop the marathon, so up until the marathon? — >no go on Tang Soo Do.
Then there is the SCA, or the Society for Creative Anachronism. I used too “heavy fight” up in the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle in NY, but Since I moved down to the Barony of Lochmere in Atlantia, I have not. I did enjoy it and the camaraderie – much as I did from Tang Soo Do.
And then there is of course, running. I got into this because I enjoy running. While I haven’t necessarily enjoyed running according to what a piece of paper tells me too, or even trying to find 4 hours to go running.. I do enjoy the four hours spent running (well maybe not the last half hour…)
It may seem premature to be thinking about this now, but I don’t think so. I have read of many people that feel lost after their marathon is completed and their goal is reached. I have made some great progress getting in good shape, lowering my body fat percentage and improving my eating. I think that having an idea of “whats next” – is going to be necessary to keep that train rolling, even if I am not focusing on a marathon.
As my marathon training ends, I find that the time I have left to raise funds to help the homeless is also drawing to an end. I would ask you to please click in the top right corner on the Help the Homeless banner, and consider donating. $10 becomes 20, as Fannie Mae is matching the donations.