Post-Race Thoughts


I made a deal with myself before the SF 1st Half Marathon – I would run and finish the race and I would enjoy it along the way. Afterwards, I wasn’t going to train and run another race. At least not for a long time.

I would take time off from running to leg my body heal (stupid foot and knee but mostly foot). I wanted to get back to my yoga practice (which I had been neglecting) and to pay more attention to strength training (which I was doing but not enough).

I love running but I never been a big racer. I’ve run marathons, half marathons and other races already. I’ve completed an Olympic distance triathlon. I don’t feel like I need to cross anything else off a bucket list.

I mean, I just like running.

SF 1st Half Marathon


Then I ran the race and I had fun.

And now I want to run another half marathon. Or something. Sooner rather than later. I have a base built up so might as well take advantage of it, right???

But I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself. While I’d love to sign up for another race in the fall, I know that that might not be the smartest thing. Maybe the spring? {or maybe the fall…}

Why does your brain forget about all the pain and heartache of training as soon as you cross the finish line?

Warrior 3

I do have to admit that running hasn’t been super joyous since returning home to New York. Yesterday morning, I set out for an easy 3-4 miles. But as soon as I started running, I knew that it wasn’t going to be a good day. Actually, I could sense it even before I started running.

I ran about a mile and a half and then decided to walk around the park and take yoga picture. Totally normal, I know.

After I wandered around for a bit, I ran another mile and a half.

But still, even on those bad run days, I am still grateful that I can pace one foot in front of the other.

Half Marathon Playlist

I was also asked to share my playlist for the half marathon. Here it is. Kind of random. Kind of old. I usually just hit shuffle on my iPod when I run. I wish that I put this in a better format for you but, it’s late and I should go to bed.

  • Wake Up by Arcade Fire
  • Pompeii by Bastille
  • Cry (Just A Little) by Bingo Players
  • In These Arms by Bon Jovi
  • Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
  • Feel so Close (Radio Edit) by Calvin Harris
  • Safe and Sound by Capital Cities
  • Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by Coldplay
  • Till I Collapse by Eminem
  • Love the Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna) by Eminem
  • Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine
  • We Are Young by Fun
  • Not Over You by Gavin DeGraw
  • The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes
  • Demons by Imagine Dragons
  • On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
  • Numb / Encore by Jay-Z & Linkin Park
  • Let the Groove Get in by Justin Timberlake
  • Mirrors by Justin Timberlake
  • Roar by Katy Perry
  • Applause by Lady Gaga
  • Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
  • Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
  • Home by Phillip Phillips
  • Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips
  • We Found Love (featuring Calvin Harris) by Rihanna
  • Stay (featuring Mikky Ekko) by Rihanna
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith
  • Where Does the Good Go by Tegan and Sara
  • Unbelievers by Vampire Weekend
  • Riptide by Vance Joy
  • Sideways by Wrabel
  • My Body by Young the Giant
  • We Come Running by Youngblood Hawke

What races are you running this fall? Maybe I’ll join you?



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  1. says

    Oh girl, I know this all too well. You know me, I just run. And when I have good races I want to run more….then I get tangled up in that nasty web. Take a running hiatus and start all over. Vicious cycle. Thankfully I have finally gotten way better but it’s still a challenge.
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  2. says

    I’m one of those who pretty much just runs – races are rare even though I enjoy them because I know when I start really training a lot I end up hurt and not running at all! I keep thinking that I will run a marathon this fall but then tell myself to be smart – if I just ran to run it would be fine but I know myself and that is not what would happen so I will just enjoy running for fun!
    Kim recently posted..Some Tough DecisionsMy Profile

    • says

      Kim – that sounds exactly like me! I just like running and it’s when I start to train that I feel like I start to get injured or break down. Maybe it’s more of a psychological thing (competitive spirit?) than anything but still. I don’t want to ruin a good thing right now either and possibly cause future harm. Oy!
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  3. says

    Yes, racing amnesia LOL. I don’t really like to race either. Just run and enjoy running. I don’t like the process of a strict training plan for starters. And then the anxiety of racing just sucks the fun out. But somehow, I keep going back for more. I am so glad that you did truly enjoy that race.

  4. says

    ha, I love this! I agree with your rationale that hey, you are trained, why not capitalize on it now vs. restarting training later, if you do really want to do another race! But i hear you, I love to run, not to race. LOVE your playlist!
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  5. says

    Tell me the truth – do you think of me when “Safe and Sound” comes on? It’s ok if not!
    I don’t really run.. unless I’m being chased by my kids. I do know what it’s like to forget the pain of something, and be ready to do it again. (ahem.. childbirth)
    And I know what it’s like to get out there and know soon in that it’s not really happening.
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