I am four days away from my final race of 2014. This Sunday I will be completing my race year in one final Half Marathon. The City of Oaks Rex Healthcare Half Marathon with my sons. Although I have really been looking forward to running this event with them, I am already starting to feel the pangs of disappointment that after the race my calendar will be empty.
I don’t know about you, but I would be willing to bet there are a bunch of you out there that like having a race on the calendar. Something in the future to strive for. Something to give you good reason to continue training. I love having a race to look forward to. It is my motivation, after all. I just love pushing myself, and feel my best (or worst) comes out on race day.
I’ve had an astounding year, and I don’t want it to end.
I ran eight marathons this year. After last year’s five, I never thought this possible, but I did it. I ran all of them sub 4, and two of them are among my top 4 since becoming a marathoner a three years ago. I’ve now run 16 marathons, and each one holds a special place in my heart. Here is a look at the first four marathon medals this year.
…..and here is a look at the final 4 of the year.
Quite the collection, right? I am very proud of each of them. I know I will never be able to top that accomplishment, but I still have Boston to strive for.
As I start looking at races to fill my 2015 calendar, it makes me sort of uneasy that I have nothing lined up yet. I guess I will take a month or two off from racing, and use that time to rest, recover and then gear up again for another fun year. What races will make the cut?
Do you get that uneasy feeling when your closest race is months and months away? Is your race calendar ever completely void? How do you deal with it? I would love some insights.