Wednesday, October 01, 2008

What's Next?

Thank you to all of you beautiful, talented readers for your kind comments on my race report. I know that you are all on the edge of your seats dying to know what my next running adventure will be. Just like last year, I am compelled to quote song lyrics from "Once More, With Feeling," my favorite ever episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

"Where do we go from here?
Where do we go from here?
The battle's done, and we kind of won,
So we sound our victory che-er
Where do we go from here?"
--Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More... With Feeling"

First things first - I'm taking the week off to recover. Extra thanks go to Sandy who talked me down from the ledge yesterday when I was stressed out and wanted to go running.

But after that...

It's cross country season, babies! I have three races scheduled for November, all of which are on grassy, dirty, muddy, hilly cross country courses! I remember after the Bix last summer, Tom and I agreed that cross country was way more fun than track, and I have decided to re-live it.

I'll be following a modified version of FIRST's 5K training program, since two of my three races will be four miles. Saturdays will be long runs, probably between 8 and 10 miles, and including trails wherever possible. Tuesdays, I'm on the track. But on Thursdays, instead of tempo runs, I am going to make up some hill workouts. I'll do repeats of hills on the road, but will also hit the park to climb up some steeper dirt hills. It's going to be hard work, but it's going to be fun!

The race schedule is:

  • November 2: Governor's Cross Country Race ("Weather conditions can make the course very difficult. Be prepared to get wet, muddy, slip, fall, and laugh at yourself. ")

  • November 15: Hawk Hustle ("Along the rolling hills of Black Hawk College")

  • November 22: Living History Farms Off-Road Race ("You must be ready to climb fences, wade through creeks, avoid animals and claw your way to the top of gullies with over 6,000 other runners of questionable senses.")

It may be time to spring for some trail shoes, my friends.


MCM Mama said...

Those look like some fun races. My plan after the marathon is similar, but I'm not sure where I can train around here. I'm a wee bit too close to the city.

Good job on the marathon, BTW. You had me on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next installment each time.

Frayed Laces said...

Ooh the off road race sounds like good ol dirty fun!

Nat said...

I love the idea of running in the mud. :)
Great goals.

Roisin said...

I so so so want some trail shoes and to do some trail races!

newsjunkie said...

Glad to help! My volunteer supervisor with the National Park Service is trying to get me to do some trail running, but she is almost 4 months pregnant now so it'll be a while before we tackle that quest.

Those races sounds great! I just registered for the Jingle All the Way 10K here in DC, it's on December 14. I'm excited for it!