Friday, December 12, 2014

Floundering Friday

No goals.  No races.  No specific training.  What in the heck is wrong with me? 

I can't decide what 2015 is going to be about.  And, it is racing here full speed ahead!  {Pun intended.}  I haven't signed up for one single race.  Not one.  Nada.  I haven't picked "the big one", signed up for a half marathon, looked at training plans, NO-thing.  I'm usually such a goal oriented person.

Doh...which way do I go?
It is prime racing season here in Dixie.  I trained the entire horrible sweltering summer just to get to Wonderful Winter.  There are opportunities galore during winter and spring...marathons, double half marathons, half marathon multi day series, or just the plain old half. 

I'm floundering.

Part of me wants to do back to back half marathons.  Part of me wants to focus only on my half marathon time -- I need a PR please.  Part of me says forget those half marathons and concentrate on the big daddy.  Decisions, decisions.  I must admit a teeny, tiny part of me just wants to stay in the bed!  {Dare I do all of them?  No?!?!}

I have one more half, which makes #17 for this year alone.  Yes, it makes me tired just thinking about it!  I'll be running with my sister.  She has suffered through knee problems, including a few surgeries, but is now back to running a little.  I'll do the half and she'll do the 5k.  I'm so proud of her for persevering.  I know it's been very tough and will continue to be that way.  But, she is determined to keep moving.  Good for her!

Back to my floundering...

Hopefully after finishing my last half for this year, I'll have a wonderful moment of sparkling clarity.  If not, I may need something to push me one way or the other.  Maybe someone should physically or emotionally, or how about virtually, kick me in the rear end.   Any takers?  Anybody?

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  1. 17 in one year is impressive! You probably just need a short break. Sign up for something local to you that is not too far away and you will get yourself back into the swing. You are obviously very motivated, you just need a little down time. When is the next half? I hope you have a great race w/your sister. Maybe it's time for a march /April marathon...I am on week two of training for march 15th.

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    1. My next half is in 2 weeks. I have a Christmas 5k tomorrow. March/April would be good timing for a full. We actually have an inaugural marathon here in March (plus the usual half). For some reason, it doesn't appeal to me. I guess because I know the difficult route! LOL. I'm following your training! Keep up the good work.

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  2. That is impressive. 17 and you are still healthy. I want to PR in a half but I haven't picked out one yet. Some days I tell myself I should try a full but I'm still not there yet.

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    1. I'm healthier now that at the beginning of the year {knock on wood} I think my total race count for the year will be about 45. You've got to be close to that. I know you race a lot too!

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    2. Yes, my count is 33 but only 2 halfs. I plan to run more halfs next year. Probably 4. It is hard in the the NE because of the winter.

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  3. I would try to plan on one specific race as a goal race in the first quarter of the year. Make it a half and then depending on whether you get a PR, plan to run a fall marathon!

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    1. Good idea to push the marathon to fall. I could do one of those downhill Revel marathons. I did one of their halves and loved it.

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  4. Wow to 17! Is there a chance you're burnt out? I've got nothing for next year (except that tri) and it's weird there's just nothing I REALLY want to do....yet. Enjoy the half with your sis!

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    1. Probably a little...plus holiday and work stress. I think if I can get through December, I will be more focused.

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  5. Goodluck making your decision. There are so many hreat races out there and so little time. Congrats on the other 16 half marathons you have already completed. -L

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    1. Thanks. I think part of the problem is there are SO MANY to choose from. I do better with fewer choices!

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  6. 17 half races in a year is a lot! Perhaps you are just feeling a little burnt out and could run just for fun for a while??

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    1. Agreed. However, running "for fun" is easier said than done.

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  7. What about trying something completely new? Have you ever done an ultra or a relay like Ragnar? What about a full or half in an exotic location? A friend who has been running forever decided to focus on 5Ks next year since she never does them. Good luck on picking your goals. And congrats on 17 halfs in one year! Very impressive!

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    1. No, I haven't done an ultra or relay. Ragnar is very intriguing.

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  8. Good grief, child! 17 half marathons? Woo hoo! The half is definitely my favorite distance to race, so I can empathize with you; training all the time can be exhausting, though. Take a nap. Don't plan for anything big next year until something really excites you. Great post!

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    1. I love the half distance and 2 of my favorites are in January, another 2 in February and yet 2 more March...it never ends. LOL. A nap sounds really good.

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  9. I haven't really figured out a plan for upcoming races except for a half in March which Im not even sure if it will be a goal race for me. 17 half marathons in a year is incredible!!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone with my lack of planning!

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  10. Sometimes floundering is a sign of exhaustion. You're run a ton this year - maybe it's time to take a break -even if it's really just a break from making plans until 2015 actually is here. ;-)

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    1. Agreed. And exhaustion from work and holiday stress adds to it.

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  11. Sounds like you're feeling a little overdone. Maybe take some time off, give yourself time to savor all your accomplishments this year? Wait...what am I saying? Maybe I should take my own advice? ;P

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    1. Easy to say, but very hard to do. I have cut back on mileage. I hope it's just a funk that will lift soon.

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  12. Wow 17 in one year is very impressive!
    Good luck to you and your sister in your upcoming races!!!!!
    You know, I think sometimes it's okay to not have an exact race goal in mind. It kind of allows us to sit back and think on it a bit longer, maybe pick something new or different, or bigger. Rather than jumping on the first one we find... Maybe you'll find that your "floundering" was a blessing, by the time you decide what you want 2015 to look like:) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks. Looking at it with a different angle makes me feel better. I think I feel pressure to get my goals out there. No rush, right?

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  13. Wow, 17 halves in one year is amazing! I still haven't finalized my 2015 race schedule, but I do have some thoughts on which races I want to run. I'm hoping to do a few more trail races this year.

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    1. I've got a lot of thoughts too. My problem is I want to do everything! Trail races would be different. I've only done a few shorter ones.

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  14. I think it's okay to still be deciding! You have time to figure it all out! Enjoy the holidays, first! Then we'll kick your butt in gear. Ha ha.

    How cool your sister is doing better and is going to do the 5K! And 17 halves?! You rock!!! I'd like to do more halves in 2015, hee hee.

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    1. I'm currently contemplating double (same weekend) halves in January. Eek.

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