I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner.
I think I know what the problem is... why I can't seem to get motivated to run much and haven't since last year.
I know I probably sound bratty or maybe even less than humble to say this, but after 12 full marathons, 20 half marathons, 3 relays, 1 Goofy Challenge and a slew of other random races... I'm bored. That's not to say that I negate how much of an accomplishment all of these things have been for me or that they would be for someone else. But right now? I just don't have the motivation to just train for another half.
Sure, I could try for a PR. And I have considered trying for one this fall.
But I'm strongly considering my first ultra. It started a couple of weeks ago when a Ragnar teammate asked if I'd be interested in doing an Ultra Ragnar this fall in November... 6 runners in 1 van, each person running 6 legs and no break to be the non-active van.
And then I started wondering about training for that and how I know it'd be different than marathon training. And then I found out that Fleet Feet has a 50K training program for the Stump Junp 50K in October. It'd be perfect. It's a bit pricey to train with them, but I think it could be good for me to have the accountability of a coach and a weekly training run with the group. I could get myself back in shape, run the half marathon I'm doing in July, and then start 50K training. Then run that race in October a month before the ultra relay.
Granted, the ultra relay isn't a done deal. But even so, I think it may be time to try my first 50K.
So I'm sleeping on it... I need to decide something this week, but I'm kind of thinking I'm going to jump in and do it. It would mean that my fall half marathon will probably have to be run for fun and not a PR since it's the week after the 50K, but I almost think that even training for a PR isn't going to be enough for me right now.
Mulling this one over...