Happy Friday! I did a request for blog posts/questions on Instagram this week & 90% of the questions were asking what race is next and what I’m training for.
The short answer is I’m doing the San Francisco half marathon (the second half), at the end of July, and then I’m doing the New York City Marathon. I’d like to hop in some 5k and 10ks during the rest of this summer, but I’m not sure how realistic that is with timing and work and travel. I am trying not to sign up for as many races this year because I want to try and be a little more strategic with planning events and trips in general. It’s always crazy to me how easy it is to fill up every single weekend on the calendar before you even realize it.
I’m really excited about New York! Although, I historically don’t do that well at the World Marathon Majors – despite every attempt to do all the right things. So, of course I would like to run a good race, but my expectations are low (mostly to take the pressure off myself). That’s not to say I’m not going to try though!
I tend not to share my upcoming races and goals as often because talking about them too much psyches me out a little. It’s not that care about what other people think if I fail, I race better if I just plan my work and work my plan. Even the well intentioned, “you’re going to kill it!” encouragement can make me anxious. Because let’s be real, you just don’t know if you are going to kill it – 26.2 miles is a long enough time for things to go a direction we never thought. Sometimes that’s a great thing, and sometimes it’s not what we envisioned. I prefer not to think too much on it and just show up and give it a shot.
Even when I showed horses, I used to hate it when people would say, “you’re going to win!” You just never know what the judges might think, or if your horse will trip. You can’t control every outcome, so I prefer not to think about it and just do what I can.
As far as travel and other things go, we have a few short weekend trips the rest of the summer, and friends coming to visit us. I (unfortunately) have to get a gum graft the day after the SF half marathon. I have had one before – about 10 years ago – and it was really painful. The doctor I am seeing this time tells me the process is much improved. Not quite looking forward to that. On a more fun note, John & I are hoping to plan some kind of international trip somewhere, but nothing is final yet. He goes to Ireland a lot for work, so I may piggy back on to that!
Ok – now your turn. Tell me what races, trips & other fun life events YOU have planned 🙂