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Then what?

Posted by Clay Williams on September 28, 2016 at 6:45 AM

I was lying on my back on the living room floor around 4:30 this morning, wondering what to do next. I had just finished a few dozen crunches and bicycle crunches, stretching out my lower back, and rolling on a lacrosse ball to loosen up a knot in my upper back. I'm on a break from running for a while, an undetermined length of "while", and my training calendar is wide open from Sep 23rd onward. I promised my wife that I would stick to shorter races like marathons, but I haven't thought out the details of that yet, and I'm kind of drifting in the wind. I also know that I should work on a better level of "overall" fitness; although I may have legs like a clydesdale, I've got the upper body strength of a third grader (a STRONG third grader, mind you). I've got a membership at a gym that is only 900 meters from my house and I haven't used it for a few months. Sounds like I have the means, the motive, and the opportunity, but I need to make a plan. I've done very few things in my life without having a plan in place first. Some plans have been pretty sketchy, but there have been plans. And anyone who has been to the gym will know that unles you have a goal or target toward which the plan takes you, then it's pretty tough to keep motivated enough to keep at it. And I love planning, I love putting together the little steps, the little feedback points, quality checks, minor course corrections along the way, timing, tracking, and investigating all of the little things that will have an impact on the plan. Things like the OUTRace schedule, timing of local races, statutory holidays, adventures of friends that I want to join, outside temperature, and business trips. SO I've come to the conclusion that I need to figure out where I want to be next year, what I want to do next year, then figure out what I need to do to get there, then how to do what I need to do. Looks like I've got a good couple of weeks of planning ahead. And I love planning (did I mention that?). Time to get off the floor and get moving.....

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Reply Doug Mattis
8:25 AM on September 28, 2016 
Well my fine sir, I think, whether you like it or not a rest is in the forecast ;) and WELL DESERVED!! Remember, you can count on me when you start planning for "next year" .. I really think a relay might work well .. I'm sure you got to meet a lot of people that would jump in to help. Just wanted to let you know that you are still in my thoughts.