What’s next?

The end of 2014 is fast approaching, and I will not be racing any more this year. It is unusual for me to not have a goal race on the horizon, but at the same time exciting and freeing. I promised myself earlier this year that I wouldn’t commit myself to a strict training schedule during the holiday season. Fall and winterย in San Francisco are not extremely cold,ย but the rainy days and early sunsets take a toll on my motivation. Plus, I’ve been ill prepared for the holidays in recent years past, as I have been so focused on running and training. Halloween already came and went like lightening, and I need to slow down a little bit and really enjoy the season:

HalloweenAngel

My last-min costume: I literally bought wings and a halo an hour before the Halloween store closed!

Right now, my mind is more set on baking pumpkin pies and making Christmas cards than squeezing in mileage before work. However! This is not to say that I will not be running. In fact, I’m going to use this time to rebuild my base so that next year, when I do race again, I can come back even stronger! My biggest goal for the rest of the year is maintaining a 4-day-a-week running schedule. Since running the San Francisco Marathon in July, I have only been running about 3 days a week, and I want to get back to the 4. I won’t be running crazy 18 milers, but 3 short runs and a moderately longer run will suffice.

Training aside, I still have quite on busy schedule for the rest of the year!

November 13th: I’m walking in ANOTHER fashion show in San Jose.

November 21st: Mockingjay.

November 27th: Thanksgiving.

November 29th: Rich is fighting in Santa Cruz!

December 4-7th: ย Rich and I will be in Las Vegas for 5 days to watch the UFC and spend some time with my 2 best friends!

December 18-20th (tentative date): I’m going to have an early Christmas in Arizona with my family

December 25th: Christmas!

December 30th: Happy birthday mom!

December 31st: New Years, which I will probably be bartending, so meh

January 16th: Lastly, the biggest event of the season for me…my 33rd birthday!! I think Rich and I will be wine-tasting in Napa!

Did I miss anything?? The holidays are one of my FAVORITE times of the year, there is always so much going on! But I need a rest from an intense training schedule, so that I can fully enjoy the season. I’m considering making the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon in San Francisco on February 1st my FIRST race of 2015 (local, inexpensive, fast and flat), but I haven’t committed to anything yet. My race schedule is wide open for next year, and I’m excited to start planning!

-J

 

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17 thoughts on “What’s next?

  1. Yay! I love not having anything planned sometimes. You should definitely do Kaiser. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I love how Mockingjay is on the calendar. Jesse’s been eagerly anticipating it for about a year. We saw the last one at the Kabuki Theater and I think we may be doing that again. So epic.

  2. I can’t believe the holidays are already upon us! You’ve got quite a schedule coming up. I’ll be trying to build up my base until January too… What do you think the distance of your weekend long runs will be?

    • Well, last week my longest run was only 4! This week will be 5, and then Im going to rebuild from there. I would like to be back in the double digits by January, but Im probably just going to increase my miles very gradually ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I don’t have any races planned either, though I am thinking of signing up for a thanksgiving 5k and a 15k in December. I agree it is freeing to not have to train for anything but I also really miss the structure.

  4. I’m glad you’re taking the time to enjoy the holidays. It sounds like you have so many fun things planned! We all need a break sometimes. Mine is not here yet, but it will be here soon and I plan on relaxing and enjoying life for the Christmas season ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Great plan!!! I can’t wait to see Mockingjay too! I am pissed that they are making it into 2 movies because i definitely could be just one movie! I am also looking forward to Horrible Bosses 2!
    I can’t believe the holidays are here!!! This year has gone by soooo fast!!!

    • Yeah, I can’t believe we have to wait a whole year to see the last movie! It is like the Hobbit…3 movies is overkill! I loved Horrible Bosses, hopefully this one is just as good! I agree, the year has flown by…but I looove this time of year so I can’t complain ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I am really struggling with motivation right now, not having a plan or race on the calendar. We just signed up for a Turkey Trot so that will hopefully motivate me a little bit. This is a super fun time of year though, so it’s good to take it easy I guess! You have a lot of fun things planned over the next couple months! This year really flew by, I cannot believe we are into the holiday season already!

    • It takes a little while after a marathon for your body to fully heal, so just enjoy some downtime! A Turkey Trot sounds fun! I looked in to a few in my area, but I think I’m going to make that a rest day ๐Ÿ˜‰ The holidays have come up so fast, but I’m also so ready for it!

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