For the past couple of years now, I’ve been running two half-marathons a year: one in the spring and one in the fall. But without fail, every single year between my spring race
and my fall (or vice versa),
running somehow takes a backseat. A backseat to what, I don’t know. Without the rigidity of a training plan, my runs inevitably get shorter and fewer and farther in between. Part of it is the weather, I guess. Living in Georgia, the winters aren’t too terrible, but the summers, you basically have to wake up at 5am if you want to run outside.
Every time I run a half, I tell myself that I’m not going to slack on running when it’s over. I’m going to keep it up and the next half will be easier and I will be faster. And each time, I don’t.
My last half-marathon was in March. Since then, I think I’ve run a few 5-milers but most of my runs have been 3 miles or less. I did it again! I don’t know why I always do this to myself. I know that I’m going to be running a half in the fall (race TBD) and yet I let myself lose all the endurance that I’d built up in the spring. D’oh.
I hadn’t run for a week. I actually did intend to but my cold kind of prevented that. I went to the gym tonight and started making excuses. My chest felt a little bit tight and I convinced myself that running would just be awful and I should do the arc trainer instead. I did that for 15 minutes before I realized that if I don’t want to start from square one again when I start training for the race, I should probably, you know, run.
So I did. As much as I’m kicking myself for losing my endurance, I figure I’m not going to get it back unless I work for it.
Do you find yourself running less after a big race?