I have not run a mile since Sunday. I was toying with the idea of a 180 or 365 or 500 day running streak, but alas I can still barely walk. I have been doing some thinking over the past few months and weeks about what comes after this marathon. I was so focused for so long that I feel different now that it is done. Obviously I know what the process will entail in my running so that I can set more personal records this year and improve, but in some way I feel as though it is no longer new. I feel like there is no huge aspect of running that I have not at least tasted. It is a little sad. It is very relaxing. It gives me even more confidence and fuel for my ego.
It is strange, before the marathon I felt that my running life was leading up to that race and in a way I was restricted to running a marathon. Now I feel free to tackle other pursuits. I am planning on running and cycling a duathlon in July. There is also rumor of a trail marathon in July that I might contest. I am also due for a personal record in the 800 meters and 5000 meters.
I am also thinking about getting a coach and my major race schedule for the rest of the year. It is all pretty much up in the air. I am planning on a fall marathon, but I am not sure when or where.
My feet and ankles are healing quick enough. My left ankle hurts after an hour or more of biking and my right one has hurt less and less each day so it is probably not broken. I am so happy I finally did a marathon! After years of awe of my marathoner friends I can now say "I am a marathoner, and yes it hurt."