The ending of the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon is in part a relief. It feels good to be done with it and moving on with life and waking up and being able to get out of bed this morning without feeling totally shitty. (Side note: It’s never a good idea to go to work the day after a marathon.)
The marathon…. Now we’re standing alone and we’re not speaking.
Looking back on it, the Marine Corps Marathon went much the same way the NYC one did, right down to my time. The marathon more than any other distance has proven to be my white whale. I keep chasing it, convinced like some lunatic that despite the evidence to the contrary that I can improve. Even more than the half marathon, I feel like I have a better marathon in me. I’ve done it, I’ve run a marathon faster than this one and than NYC last year but recapturing it has proven illusive at best.
So, I’m going to be positive about it. I’m regrouping. I’m bouncing back from disappointment and looking to the future. Again. Monday evening I started 30 days of Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. Next Thursday, I’m heading to Disney World for the Weekend to End All Weekends, the Wine & Dine half marathon. And I signed up for a training group that meets in Georgetown and has track workouts as well as long runs.
The rowing season ends next week, but with my work schedule and my sister’s wedding, how many practices I can make between now and then is up in the air. I’m oddly relieved the season is ending, though.
So, after a big running milestone, what do you do?