Friday, March 25, 2011

WANTED: (1) running groove. Will pay any price for it

It happens this time every single year, and I hate it.

I really do.

Every year when Spring marathon season ends for me, I fall right into the middle of what I call "post marathon funk." And it's anything but "funky".

This racing season went tremendously well for me. I set a marathon PR back in January in Disney, and I'm really stoked about that. I had a couple of less-than-stellar marathon performances mixed in as well, and they bother the crap out of me, honestly. But I can deal with it, you know? I just don't like it when I don't have a goal race to train for. That's where I'm at right now.

Did I mention how much I hate that fact?

Now, I've got races on the calendar for sure. But they're well over three/four months away, and that's too far for me to start a structured training program. It's just that when I'm not hard into a training regimen for a goal race, my running becomes something less than it should be. It becomes something I do sometimes as an act of obligation; self discipline; routine. That's not what running is about to me.

I long for that first day of my structured training plan. I really look forward to being able to start the training cycle and see where all the hard work takes my body, mind and strength. I love feeling the hard work every day, and then seeing the results on race morning. But I don't have that day on my calendar yet.

In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away the miles, adding them up when I can, making good excuses when I can't. I'll get around 30 miles per week every week, and I'll feel lousy that I'm not doing more. I just pray that this relatively restful period will put my body in a more recovered, refocused state for when training day really does begin.

The best I can tell, training will commence in around 32 days.

I can't wait...


  1. Hang in there! I get in the funk too. I posted about it on my blog the other day --> Maybe it'll help a bit! :)

  2. I too have the running blues everytime I come off of my target race. I just try to remember that it will fade in the near future and then I will left wondering why I felt that way.

    good luck with the training

  3. Make a game for yourself duing this down time...Find something you want to try in terms of training and do it...Anything to keep your mind off the fact that your next race is too far away...You'll get through this and you'll be so ready for that next training cycle you won't know what to do with all the energy!