My medal rack - still room for a few more...
OK. I know I said I was hanging up my distance shoes. And I meant it. I still mean it. But Houston was really fun. And they opened up registration to everyone (no lottery, no qualifying time) right after the race was finished, for five days or whenever they hit 10,000 registrants (and then it's closed to mortals like me until June). And my JFR Crew started signing up. I held off - I was not wanting to even THINK about running another half marathon...but there was peer pressure. And I still held off...until the following day, when my former running pal Loretta signed up. She is coming off of a stress fracture, surgery, and now has pins in her hipbones, and she still wants to run. I really enjoyed running with her before her injury and the idea of getting to do that again pushed me into registering. So I'm all set, and now I don't have to think about running long distances for quite a while (and I'll be looking at changing up my training, when the time comes).
Back to now. I'm going to work on my speed and endurance for a 5K. Three point one little miles. Once upon a time, I used to be able to run for several miles without having to take a break. At a decent pace (for me), too. So that's what I am going to play with for the next several months...working my way up to running a mile without stopping, and then adding some extra effort to see how fast I can do it. I have a few 5K races in the spring, and I'd like to finish them in under 40 minutes, and see continual improvement as the months go by.
I've also started going to Planet Fitness again, as of Sunday. I really like working out there; I only stopped because I was just plain worn out with all of the high miles I was running. But I'm feeling refreshed and ready to take on a little extra, and doing more of a full-body workout can only help, not just with my running, but with overall wellness in general.
So this is the plan. Shorter runs, short workouts - it sounds pretty refreshing, and I'm looking forward to it, which is all I can hope for when it comes to exercise and me!