Nonetheless, there are a few things that are either certain or close to certain.
- February 13th - Frostbite Half Marathon (I'm not sure I'll be in the best shape for it, but at $5 if I don't want a shirt? It's a steal! And goodness knows I don't truly need another shirt.)
- February 17th - Race Judicata 5K/10K (I'm undecided on this one, but it's pretty cheap to run both races. I might end up just doing the 10K, or maybe I'll do both, or maybe I'll skip it altogether.)
- March 13th - Tom King Half Marathon (My current PR is from this course, and I'd kind of like to beat it this year. I think I should have time by then to be in shape to do it.)
- March 21st - Shamrock Half/Full (I've got a free ride and free place to stay, so I'm leaning toward going. What I'm not sure of right now is if I can be in shape to do the full like I would like to or if I should stick to the half. Or maybe I'll save money and won't go at all.)
- April 10th - YMCA Indoor Triathlon (This would be my first tri! I think doing an indoor one is a smart way to try out the event. It just means I need to get myself in the pool so I can handle the 500 yard swim.)
- June 19th - RC Cola & Moon Pie 10-Miler (I run this race every year. Count me in again.)
- November 21st - Flying Monkey Marathon (This is a pretty hilly marathon here in Nashville, but I think it would be good training for the Goofy Challenge in January. We'll see.)
I'm sure some other things will come up, especially in the second half of the year. Honestly, I'm not thinking much about any races past April or so anyways.
I'm definitely feeling a little uncertain about what I want to commit to outside of the first two half marathons and the indoor triathlon, so I think I'm going to quit thinking about it and just play it by ear as the days roll by.
In the meantime, I've been getting myself back to spin class and have logged a few runs. I feel like I'll bounce back quickly, but I know I'll feel better when I have a few more long runs under my belt and can see for sure what I can handle.
Honestly? I enjoyed taking a few weeks off. It's kind of hard to get myself going again. I love running and I'm ready to get my groove back, but at the same time I think I know that by signing up for the Goofy Challenge I also signed up for a heck of a fall training schedule. I think I want to be a bit more relaxed for the first part of the year and save both time and some money and not get as hardcore about racing all the time or anything.
It feels like a good decision. It feels good to share it in writing.