I ran the NYD 5K on the first day of this year to motivate me to get back into running. I signed up for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K (three months later) to motivate me to push myself a bit past a basic 3-miler to get back to doing a decent distance. I signed up for a post-natal ab recovery class to begin to get back some of the core strength I have lost, and I'm currently in week 7 of a 10-week class.
But what do I do now? I'm taking another class over the summer (Biceps, Babies & Buggies) focusing on core strength and overall fitness conditioning, but dont have another race my schedule.
This is where I get confused. There are TONS of 5K's in the city, one almost every weekend. 8K's are harder to find, and there are a few even longer distances. I really found the 8K to be easy and could have run further, but I had a hard time with the training. Its hard to find time in my schedule to run, and even harder to find time to do a longer run required for a longer race. But, the two primary longer races I can consider are:
Soldier Field 10 Mile
Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon
Right now I am a bit confused. I'm not sure how to plan out my summer, and how to fit in training for a possible race ... but I do think I need a goal out there to keep me motivated. I wouldnt have done what little running I did do if I didnt have the Shamrock Shuffle on my calendar :(