The Marathon Stopped Me Running!

I’ve been lacking in running mojo, and unable to figure out why.

The weather has been better, I’ve had plenty of time on my hands, there’s been no injuries…I just haven’t felt compelled to hit the streets.

Then during yesterday’s Parkrun it struck me…marathon training starts in 2 weeks and that’s why I haven’t wanted to run!

Not because I don’t want to do the marathon, or more specifically the training, and not becuase I’m avoiding injury or anything, but because I made the mistake of writing in my diary in big letters “TRAINING STARTS”. If training starts on June 17th what’s the point in doing miles today? If I’m committed to following a plan that will start with me running well below my potential and building slowly why go out and push myself now. Anything I run in the next two weeks is the very epitome of ‘junk miles’.

So I have found a short-term goal to aim for. After yesterday’s Parkrun in 27.50 a whole 2 minutes slower than my PB, I have set myself the goal of going quicker than ever around the 5km course on June 15th. That gives me two weeks to focus on going shorter and faster. Sprint repeats, hill reps, track sessions…the aim of the game is to go sub 25 minutes in two weeks…after which I start training for something else entirely!

Today I started with a gentle morning to work out a 5k route from home, tomorrow I try doing something fast.

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4 Responses to The Marathon Stopped Me Running!

  1. zoeforman says:

    I know how you feel, haven’t run further than 10k since the marathon. But gone into triathlon training and focus been on swim & cycle. Now getting itchy feet to get back to running. Just need to get some speed !

    • James Clay says:

      Yeah, I’ve felt the lack of mojo AFTER a marathon before, when it hardly seems worth going out for 5 miles, but never before. 2 weeks of running to a different goal have reignited the fires though!

  2. Good luck with the training plan, and for the rest of Juneathon.

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