As I've mentioned on here before, I'm VERY type A, plan in advance, hyper-in-control, Jerbear. Turns out the amount of time required for grad school success + lingering injuries = suuuuuuuuuuuuckiness. I love to plan races eons in advance, but that's not something I can do until I'm completely healthy and am able to devote the amount of time I find necessary to race at a quality level (aka somewhere near a PR).
I've been thinking a lot about what's next for my little legs, but it's hard to plan with these unknown (or I guess in some case, known) variables. For spring 2013 I have decided that I won't be training for a marathon. For the first time since 2009. Whoa. Granted, I didn't run a marathon in spring 2012, but I did spend a good 8 weeks training for one. Hah, oops.
As mentioned in my previous post, I'm amped that I finally figured out what's wrong with me. To shed more light on the subject--uber tight hip flexors and weak as shiz glutes. My plan for much of January to May is to gradually build up my mileage, work on my speed (<--speed, what's that? I currently haz none), and stretch and strengthen. Until I'm done with school, training for a marathon is not feasible. I was able to luck out with Philly last fall, because I had an incredible base going in to marathon training, and only had to actually TRAIN for 6 weeks before I tapered. Will I run a marathon in 2013? Meh.. I don't know. Maybe. I wouldn't put it past me. But I sure as heck won't be training for it until I'm done with school. August 3rd. Who's counting?
I've found local-ish half marathons for January, March, April and May and am tentatively planning to have the March and May races be "goal" races depending on how quickly I'm able to get back on track. I won't pull the trigger on a 26.2 race registration fee unless I'm soooo jealous of all of your 3 hour long runs (not likely), even if Jenn and Megan plan a BFFF race weekend and beg me to come (ok, I would have to think very hard about passing this up, let's be honest. Someone just remind me of limping through NWM, k?).
I also want to get back in to yoga. I can attend a free yoga class weekly at work, and I'd like to continue to keep that in my schedule. Megan and I are planning a 30 day yoga challenge post-Dallas which includes some at home www.myyogaonline.com classes and meditation, and some meet ups at local yoga studios.
Hip flexor stretches, glute strengthening and ab work (apparently it helps keep your hips in alignment, so maybe I should focus on that instead of wanting Jessica Alba Abs, harumph) will be high on my priority list.
Falling back in love with running is priority one, but I realize that being able to run uninjured is at the root of my frustration. Some goal-less, watch-less, runs are definitely in the cards as are lots of buddy runs. Running buddies... hit me up!