Look Back, Plan Forward

After my first marathon in October, I was exhausted. Training took a lot out of me physically and emotionally. After Marine Corps Marathon, I was so burnt out that I stopped running for about 8 weeks after the race. I just wanted more time to relax, sleep in, and enjoy the holidays and my family without having to lace up during every free moment. Plus, my body was pretty worn out. I wasn’t injured after Marine Corps but my hips and IT Band were very cranky by the end of the training cycle. So, after my 8 week break from running, I started off the New Year by slowly building my mileage. I have to admit that starting over was miserable. I felt like I lost a ton of fitness in those 8 weeks but I NEEDED that time away. And, I honestly didn’t lose as much fitness as I anticipated because by February I worked up to the Princess Half Marathon and 10k. From there I continued to build my base for some substantial mileage during the Ragnar Relay in So Cal this April.

This month, I finally feel like I am getting back to my happy place when it comes to running. I am feeling pretty strong.  I am starting to keep some steady training paces and knock on wood because my body is 100% cooperating. Part of the reason I think things are going well is because over the past few months, I run when I want to run and I haven’t followed a strict training plan (since I suck at that anyway). Also, right now, I’m not committed to a lot of races. This is a million times different that the crazy, hectic race calendar I concocted last year. The only races I am entertaining aside from ZOOMA Annapolis (RUN WITH ME! Use ANNAMB16 for 10% off!)are a a couple local 5ks and 10ks to gauge my fitness. I want to build my mileage this spring, start incorporating speed work regularly, and start off marathon training this summer as strong as I can be.

Yes, you read that right, I said marathon training. I’m officially running another 26.2 this fall. It took me a while to get to a place where I want to train for another marathon but I’m ready and I want to be much smarter about my approach this year. I learned a lot of lessons last fall and hope to set myself up for a more successful race by not burning myself out over the course of training. And, to do that, I want to continue to ease into increased mileage, keep my body happy and most importantly, enjoy the run.

Do you look back, plan forward?  Now, the question is, which marathon am I running? Any guesses? More on this soon!


  1. runningsouthern says:

    I feel like looking back to plan forward is a necessity. I know many people say not to look back, but there is so much to be learned from our past that will make us stronger in the future. I am so excited for you to start training for your next marathon, and can't wait to read all about it!
    My recent post Thankful to be okay

    • I am definitely the type of person that likes to look back and evaluate how things went in order to pave the road ahead. I'm excited but nervous about starting another marathon training cycle since now I know how much hard work I want to put in this time around!

  2. Yay! Excited for your next marathon! Woo hoo! Glad you've taken some time off and gotten your mojo back. xo

  3. Kristen says:

    Which marathon are you going to run this fall?! It is exciting that you will be training for another one! I think it's great that you took some time off to relax and not be stressed about a training plan. My schedule has been like that so far this year too, and it has been really nice. 🙂

    • That's what I am trying to figure out! Check out today's post! I'm STUCK between two great choices! Hope you are settling into your new gig and home! Just think of all the exciting new races you will have at your fingertips once you settle in there 🙂

  4. I love this!! even though my marathon training ended in injury, I'm still thinking back and trying to take those lessons to apply for this summer. I'm taking 8 weeks off after my May races to really focus on strength and be in a good place.

  5. I definitely need time after a marathon to evaluate my body and my goals. I spend time look back and what I have accomplished and also at goals that I am still reaching for in order to set new goals.

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