But coaching is over for now, and I am acutely aware of how unanchored I feel. I'm surrounded by others with goals, races, big plans! And I feel adrift in the middle of it.
Clearly, I need a goal. But it has to be a goal that is meaningful to me, something I want to commit to and strive for. And I don't know what that goal is. A mid-distance race in the fall? A faster 5K time? A focus on improving my running form? Nothing is clicking for me yet.
I do like the idea of a mid-distance race in the fall, and I've been compiling information about some possibilities that intrigue me...where they are, when they are, and relevant considerations.
|A good spreadsheet always comes in handy!|
Richmond Half was close to the top of my list, but for the past two years it has been the day after the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run kickoff party. If I continue to be a part of the social media team for Cherry Blossom, I want to be there for the party.
Runner's World Half looks like it would be a lot of fun. There are cool events all weekend and some race series, such as the Five & Dime (5K + 10K), and the Hat Trick (5K, 10K, + half). There is also a Grand Slam that includes a 3.8 mile trail run along with the other three races, but it is sold out.
Leesburg 20k & Perfect 10 are both part of the Potomac River Running Race Series, but I've actually never run either of them. Perfect 10 has the added attraction of a start line that is literally 5 miles from my house.
Freedoms Run & Battlefield Half are both reasonably close to home and are run on historic courses.
Bird-in-Hand, Harrisburg, & Lehigh Valley are half marathons in some scenic parts of Pennsylvania.
Chicago & Women Rock are half marathons in Chicago, where I went to graduate school. I never ran a race there and would like to someday. Also my friend Jane lives in Chicago and might be able to run with me.
Southern Virginia races there are a few in Newport News or Hampton that might be fun...but the traffic-laden trek down to Virginia Beach for Shamrock is still too fresh in my mind to want to get on 95 & 64 anytime soon.
Philadelphia races there are a couple of halfs in Philly that might be fun. I even have friends signed up for Rock 'n Roll that I could coordinate with. But would they be too similar to the Philly Half I ran in 2014?
Baltimore Running Festival is not too terribly far, and I would like to run a race in Baltimore sometime.
Newport Half Marathon in Rhode Island is a dark horse candidate that was added to the list because Debbie is considering it.
My leading contenders are Runner's World and the local PR Races.
But nothing is really calling to me yet the way Marine Corps did last year.
I'll have to drift along a while longer...