The day after a big race usually has a little feeling of melancholy for me. Weeks of training, taper, a big weekend and then the race. The next day I wake to feel the tightness in my legs, a bittersweet reminder of the big event. On the way to the airport this morning, my training partner and I discussed the coming week and our training plans as we ease back into our routines. I am continuing to focus on strengthening my swim while I keep my running up for the races we have planned this spring. She is torn between building up her running strength or working on improving her cycling, which is her weakest sport of the three. Until it warms up enough to ride outside, she will most likely work on her running for now. What made me chuckle when thinking back on the conversation this morning was we were already planning out our racing plans for fall. There are a few half marathons we would like to run and figuring out the timing is an issue.
With a half marathon just a day behind us, we are already planning the next phase – our training, racing, and schedules. It is way of soothing the sadness that the event we built up for has passed. Resting on our laurels is not something we ever consider. While we both PR’d our half marathon, there is always room for improvement ahead. I had packed my swim bag and left it in my car at the airport. I actually drove to the gym this afternoon from the airport so I could get a swim in. It was just what I needed. I swam 1,000 meters easy. Nothing hard, no speed intervals, I just let my limbs move, increase my heart rate, and let the endorphins run through my blood.
On my way home from the gym I stopped at the running store to pick up my new shoes. I had hoped they would be in in time for the race, but it worked out for the best. I still had a few miles left on my old shoes and they took me through the race just fine. Now my new shoes will take me through many more miles of training, racing, and hopefully new personal records. I look forward to the challenges and experiences to come.