Since finishing the Chicago Marathon last month, I’ve really missed having a goal race to keep me on a regimented running schedule. Between the darker evenings, my trip to Texas and a nagging runner’s knee, I’ve only been running two or three days a week lately—yoga’s been keeping me sane. But this weekend was sunny and wonderful (a high in the 60s yesterday! In Wisconsin in mid-November!), so I ran Saturday and Sunday. My legs were tight but mostly pain-free for the first time since the marathon, and that made me smiley. Welcome back, endorphins!
Finding the right mix of workout time after months of training is tricky. I feel like I should use this break to do some other form of exercise, like swimming or kickboxing, but both of those things require spending money, so running and yoga it is. My new routine goes something like this: Run one day, practice yoga the next. Do a Jillian Michaels video one day, go out to dinner and do nothing the next. Repeat. I’m at peace with this for now. Maybe the new low-mileage weeks will make me a bendier yogi whose hamstrings don’t always feel ready to snap in half split or pyramid pose.
Of course even as I cool my jets for a few months, I can’t help but think about next year’s races. I’m planning to run the Columbus Marathon next fall with a friend, and I’m considering signing up for a spring marathon, too. I’ve never done a destination race before, where I don’t know anyone living in the host city, so I’m thinking this would be a fun excuse for a trip. Here’s where you come in… What is your favorite marathon in late spring?