Don't know about you, but I'm usually on a bit of a high after I run a half marathon. Even if I don't get a PB I always feel like my running has hit a new level. I mean, I just ran 13.1 miles much faster than I normally do during training. I have it in me! So post-race I take advantage of that feeling by keeping up the intensity of my training program with a renewed vow to work even harder.
I finally got back to the UK last week, ready to really start my 2012. But while I've been running, I've been lacking motivation and that usual spark. The spark I had while chasing down that 1000 mile mark at the end of the year. And I couldn't help scolding myself and saying, "You are being lazy! You can't rest! You have another race in 4 weeks AND YOU MUST RUN A SUB-2!"
Yesterday it just seemed so cold and I just did not want to run. But with the encouragement of the Twitter Running Crew I got out there and did my 8 mile fartlek. When I got back I was feeling much more positive and I started thinking....you know what? I can do it. I can run. And I NEED TO CUT MYSELF SOME SLACK!
I took a step back and realized that since Christmas Day I have run 107 miles and raced a half marathon in California....on top of traveling 17,716 miles!
That's not too shabby for the holiday season, is it?
So I'm telling myself that it's okay if I'm feeling a little tired and unmotivated. This jet lag is nearly over. I'm going to hang in there, get my miles in...and be ready to really to rumble next week!
I have 4 and a half weeks until the Brighton Half...and I know I'll be ready.