Most of us have been there. You pick an event, train, participate, and have blast. Then comes the post event feeling of “what’s next?”. The struggle is real folks.
For me, I get f the post-event-glow for a few days, I reflect on success, critique what could have gone better, then justify the experience as learning and feel really good about it.. But if I’ve got nothing in the event calendar I’m left wondering what to do with my life. Not in a full existential crisis moment but in terms of letting go what’s been and then using my current fitness towards something fun in the future.
My struggle comes as very rarely have I done an event with another one already booked in. So I go back to I-run-because-I-eat training justification. Which, let’s be honest, is more about eating than it is about running (Mmmmmm, did you say bacon?).
The next part of the process is to find out what others are doing and tag onto their training. At the moment that’s easy for me, my Dad is training for Round the Vines 10km. So on Saturdays we put in a bit of a run and then get coffee and giant muffins. Sometimes after these runs, I wonder if I am more muffin than human. This internal debate aside, running with someone else is definitely motivating.
This feeling of communal motivation is not enough for me, I love a challenge. I love getting out to new locations for events I’ve not done before. I recently completed the Spirited Women Adventure Race for the first time; The overwhelming feeling of elation I experienced crossing the finish line has raised the bar as to what I want to do next. Something off-road and something I’ve not done before. Oh, and on a short-ish time frame, like by June.
I’ve currently got my eye on the Lactic Turkey Double Rainbow run on the 11th of June. It’s got three different distances, and each distance adds a hill climb to the top of Rainbow Mountain (this is located between Rotorua and Taupo). I’m thinking it’s a goer. And there is a natural hot spring up the road to soak in after the race. What more could a girl want?
All I need to do now is to choose the distance. Mentally speaking if the first loop up the Mountain is awful, how the hell am I meant to push myself back up again? But the event is called double rainbow… I’d hate to cheapen the day by making it a single rainbow. Maybe I’ll just pretend to be a unicorn the second time around, everyone knows they’re all over rainbows. Well, that settles it then. 25km off-road run come at me, bro! And I have the perfect pair of rainbow leggings to run in. Must be time to become a running unicorn.