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.