I think I am finally all caught up on life, sleep, work, etc. It has been a crazy week since we got home but our trip to New York was well, well worth it!
Josh is out of town this weekend as he and his friend that he coaches with used our 15 passenger van to drive a bunch of kids (including our 13 year old, Ryan) to the Nike Cross Country Invitational meet in Boise, Idaho. A couple of my kids have little colds, so the rest of us are all just hanging out in comfy clothes and having a restful weekend. Right now we are all laying down in the front room watching "Princess and the Frog".
It took a couple of days, but I finally shook that "hit by a train" feeling. Long hours of travel, a tough race, walking all over NY city, and all the work involved in getting ready to go out of town and catching up once I get home, had me at a new level of tired. I am still feeling a little more tired than usual, but my body feels pretty dang good though now and I have been running every day, nice and easy.
As I have been resting and recovering as much as possible, I also have been researching, reading, and planning. Here are some things I have been working on -
- A coach? I have been thinking about getting a running coach. I feel like I have a lot of progress I can still make in my running and I'd like to reach my full potential, whatever that is. (I know I am never going to be an elite runner or anything like that, yet I do enjoy being competitive and want to be as fast as I can). I love running, I love racing, and I want to push myself and be my best. Do I need a coach to do that? Would a coach help me?
I don't feel that I need a coach to hold me accountable or motivate me, as I am pretty dang motivated and expect more out of myself than anyone else will. But I do think that a coach could help me make a training plan, adjust it as needed, and make the most out of my miles and training. I would like having someone to ask questions to and get advice and guidance from, especially someone with lots of marathon experience.
On the flip side, I think I have done a good job so far educating myself and training myself... pushing myself, pulling back when necessary, listening to my body, adjusting training plans to fit my needs, building my mileage, increasing my speed, etc.
And then of course there is the issue of cost. Being honest, we don't have much extra money. At all. And it's hard justifying spending money on myself that isn't necessary.
So could a coach help me? Significantly? Can I reach my full potential on my own? Is the benefit worth the expense? Hmmmm... any thoughts? I'd love some input!
- I have been reading "Advanced Marathoning" by Pete Pfitzinger and Scott Douglas and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I love all the science behind the training. I have read lots of books on running and training and this is at the top of my list. Right now if I don't use a coach, I do think I will go with one of the Pfitz training plans for Boston.
- Races! I am also trying to come up with a "race plan" for next year. I have had several people tell me now that if I want to run my fastest and be as competitive as I can in the marathon that I need to run fewer marathons. I do have a pretty good schedule so far I think. As of now for 2012 I have planned -
January - Goofy Challenge in Disney World
April - BOSTON MARATHON!!
May - local 5K
June - Ragnar Wasatch Back as part of an ultra team (will run about 30 miles in 3 runs in 24 hours)
July - Star Valley Half Marathon, another local 5K
September - Top of Utah Marathon (leaning towards this one over Pocatello right now)
November - NYC again? It was an amazing experience, my family is there, I'd love to run it again, Josh would love to go again, and I would love to stay connected and involved with Team MEB and run for them again. If not NYC I would love another race in November/December that involves a weekend away together for Josh and I.
That would be four marathons in the year and some shorter races, which sounds pretty good to me.
That's all for now! Hope you all are enjoying your Saturday.