Jeff, I am jealous of the name of your blog, "Dangle The Carrot." The concept of chasing a carrot is really appealing right now.
I have fully embraced the "off season" this year. When you hit all of your goals for an entire season, the burning drive and desire disappears.
I ate that damn carrot that I have been chasing!!!
I met with my coach today and when he asked me how things were going, I responded with, "For the first time in 2 years, I have NO idea what I am doing right now." He responded with, "Ah, yes. Limbo."
Since Timberman and dropping out of the Marathon (I officially canceled it yesterday) I have had ZERO desire to do any racing until Placid next July.
A race for me in the near future is that Carrot dangling in front of me = motivation. No race in front of me = NO motivation.
So the coach meeting got my butt in gear. It is time to get running, and running often and running fast. I can do as many short running races as I want this winter. Fortunately I have the NYRR down in NYC. If you are in the NYC area and you haven't done a NYRR race yet, do one. They organize races so well and the support is wonderful. For $18 a pop, how can you complain?
So I am proud to announce my next race, the Joe Kleinerman 10K around Central Park on December 5th. Gotta get in one more race before I turn 28!!!
I am almost done with 4 weeks of consistent running since injury-ville. I am starting to feel like my old self again!