Challenges

Half training, motivation

I had a short break (like a couple of days) upon returning from the Gold Coast and then jumped straight back into training, this time for Ross. ¬†I’m now wondering, with my motivation waning, whether I should have taken a longer break. I have moments where I run simply because I have to, not because I want to. I make excuses, I slack off. I’m not running because I really can’t be bothered. ¬†When I’m in the mood I go crazy, I can run, do my gym and eat well without missing a beat. ¬†This as been hit and miss for a few weeks now. ¬†I’ve got three weeks til Ross and while I know I can do the distance without too much issue, ¬†I have moments of thinking I’m not prepared enough. ¬†Then there’s the fuelling issue – do I take my hydration belt, my new jetpack¬†backpack or do I go with nothing but my watch. The option to do a long run with no hydration is very tempting. The feeling of freedom, lightweight, nothing bogging me down so to speak. But then I know I like to have a drink whenever I feel like it. On the other hand I know the course from last year and where the drink stations are. Including the one at the start/finish there are 3, plenty over the course of 10kms.

How do I work my training after this race ¬†Do I follow my own plan after this, or give it two weeks between race and plan commencement? ¬†Right now, I’m thinking my own plan. Work on the strength and aim to do 2 or 3 runs per week. A long run on the weekend and the others where I fit them in. I know when I was being more consistent with my strength the runs were easier, and I felt better when doing them. Ah the ¬†problems. First world ones at that. ¬†I am grateful that I can run, despite my few injuries this year, I am still going, still moving forward.

I realise as I write/fumble my way through this, why I am feeling this way. There are stresses at work, and I’m doing 10¬†hour days for the next however long, which at times will feel twice that, my husband is going through some stuff, and I’m tired. ¬†I need that one sleep in a week (preferably not on my long run day), to stop doing too much, ¬†working on being the best wife and mother I can, and the best employee I can be. I don’t like to be doing nothing, or letting everyone do things for me not when I know I can do them myself.

So after that little bit of nonsense, I think I will take a longer break after this next race before I start my planning for Point to Pinnacle. It doesn’t mean I won’t run, jus ¬†that I won’t have a plan to run to, just strength and run, nothing more, nothing less.

Train as you feel it, don’t push it, your body will know what to do.

jennifer

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