For some reason, after every big race/event that I train for, the high of acheiving a new personal record is followed by a period of running apathy. Yes, I think I left my running motivation in New Orleans after I finished the Jazz Half marathon.
It is not that I don’t want to run. I love my easy runs in the morning. But, the idea of stepping back into speedwork and hard running just does not sound very appealing. I don’t train with a group, so the only person I am accountable for to stay on track for training is myself. And sometimes, I can easily convince myself to just run for fun or take yet another easy day.
A month or so ago, I signed up for two races: the Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon (12/10) and the Louisiana Half Marathon (1/15). The plan was to take a week off after the Jazz Half to do some easy running and then step into another training plan (either Hal’s advanced half marathon training or an Advanced Plan from Runner’s World) with the goal to run the race in December for fun/training and focus on the half marathon in January.
Except when I got out of bed this morning I could not for the life of me fathom doing a tempo run at sub 7/low 7 min pace. So, I just decided on an easy six mile run: