Tuesday 10k to the tune of this runrise. I think my body is slowly getting acclimated to all the humidity we’ve had lately! It was 78 degrees out but it definitely felt like 85.
Since so many are gearing up to begin their summer marathon training…I thought now would be a great time to talk about something we all go through as runners…just feeling BLAH about training and toughing it out in the summer months. Here are some ways I get through a long season of long runs and just the rigors or training overall!
1. Have a goal/target race that you are aiming for. I think this certainly helps to hold me accountable in the summer months! Whether it be a run streak or a couple of big goal races you have scheduled during the fall…having that light at the end of the tunnel will certainly keep you focused and pressing towards that finish line.
2. Find a training plan that works for you…but remember some days you may have to tweak things a bit. Some days aren’t going to be perfect in terms of training and hitting those paces…and that is perfectly fine. For me, I just try to make sure I do my long run every Saturday. That long run on the weekends is what will build your mileage base and keep you consistent overall. One of my favorite plans to follow is Hal Higdon because he has free plans for all different levels, from novice to advanced.
3. And I always say this…but I will say it again and again…cross train. And REST! This…I need to put it up on my wall…it is oh so true.
4. Find ways to keep your running spicy. Try a new route…go join a social run…run a local 5k on the weekends. Get in your speed work! I also like to rock out on the hill repeats (which I did this morning). Hills are speed work in disguise.
5. Remember the WHY…maybe it’s you run because others can’t. Because it makes your day and clears your monkey mind. Or that it helps you to relieve stress or brainstorm some creative ideas. Or…that you just do it for the bling bling. It’s also fun to put your medals up on the wall and remember those accolades. Having that WHY always in the back of your mind will help you stay full of gratitude for this amazing sport.
How do you overcome some of the *blahs* of running?