My all-time favorite race in the entire world takes place in my homeland in mid-June. It’s called the Steamboat Classic and every runner should make the trek to beautiful Peoria, Illinois to experience it. I actually registered for the race last week to get the early-bird discount, but that is neither here nor there.
The Illinois Valley Striders – again, one of the better running clubs in all the land – run a training group called Building Steam. (I just got all sentimental when I went to the IVS site and realized all of the training programs are starting this week!) Buildng Steam a training program that prepares beginning runners and walkers for the race by breaking them into pace-based training groups, each with its own coach. I never formally participated since I was playing soccer and/or running track, but I tagged along with my parents somewhat regularly. The program culminated in what was essentially a timed practice-race on the 4-mile course, complete with a time clock and finisher’s medals. It gave runners the confidence they needed to show up and do the same thing with a few thousand others on race day.
I think I could use some assistance with steam-building over here on my own race preparation effort. Because, my friends, I am losing it.
Gunning for a 13.1 PR two weekends ago may have taken it out of me. I didn’t think it would – I didn’t feel overly exhausted after the race, and I felt generally awesome about it – but jumping back into training afterward has been decidedly difficult. I haven’t updated my training log on this page, because I haven’t kept track of a single run. Explains why the blog has been pretty empty, right? And last weekend, I broke the cardinal rule of marathon training…
I didn’t do a long run.
I just didnt have it in me. I was exhausted. I came up with plenty of better things to do, and I enjoyed each and every one of them. But today, as I walked out to my car after work in the rain and wind, I realized that it’s crunch time. So I got myself to the gym, and 8 miles later, I feel a bit better about things.
One more long, long run. THEN I can chill out. Because right before a race, it’s not called slacking, it’s called tapering!
Do you ever lose motivation in the middle of a training cycle? Where do you find it?