Over on MapMyRun, I explored this concept of WTF do you do after you finish your first marathon… or really, after any big athletic accomplishment. It’s especially tough when it wasn’t something you particularly loved. For me, for example, after we did Ironman back in 2017, I didn’t really have an urge to sign up for another Ironman, but at the same time, I knew I needed some other goal on the horizon—and I didn’t want to waste the endurance capacity that I had built up. It was a weird time, but luckily, every time I hit a milestone in my racing—marathon, IM, my first triathlon, etc.—something else was always at least sort of on the horizon. (Thank you, cyclocross season!) But if you only got into running and training to do a marathon, what’s next can be murky. SOOOO I looked at a few ways to get through that early post-race ennui. Check it!
About Molly Hurford
Molly Hurford is a journalist in love with all things cycling, running, nutrition and movement-related. When not outside, she’s writing about being outside and healthy habits of athletes and interviewing world-class athletes and scientists for The Consummate Athlete. She’s the author of multiple books and her most recent project, Shred Girls, is a young adult fiction series and online community focused on getting girls excited about bikes. She also writes regularly for publications including Bicycling magazine, Outside, Map My Run, and Nylon. Molly is a little obsessed with getting people—especially women—psyched on adventure and being outside, and she regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists and teaches yoga online and IRL… And in her spare time, the former Ironman triathlete and cyclist now spends time racing ultra-runs on trails. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @mollyjhurford
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