It's never the case of will I race again, but rather when. Chicago Marathon registration launched just two days after I finished running Austin, and I definitely considered it. But having experienced everything that Austin -- a large race with a small-town feel -- had to offer, I decided my next race wouldn't be in a big city.
What you put into your body is always important, but it becomes even more essential when you're preparing for an endurance event like a marathon. To get it right on race day, you have to make it through training.
This week, I needed motivation to get out the door. With only seven weeks left to train, I can't afford to lose momentum. But the holidays certainly made it tough.I had family commitments, so I couldn't go out for a run whenever I wanted.
It takes me a long time to choose my next race, but it always feels good when I do. Sometimes it's a half marathon or a 5K, but this time it's a full marathon. On Feb. 17, I'll be running the Austin Marathon, and there's no turning back.