Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Losing Steam

I always hate the time after a big race when there are no more races to look forward to. I'm in that post-race slump. At first it was nice to take about a week off and focus on the crazy 8:30am-10:00pm work days I was doing. However, now I just feel lazy not running, but I am lost without my training schedule when I do run.
I did an easy, flat 3 on Saturday because I was so ready for a run. I also found $5 on this run, so that was really awesome :)
Then on Sunday I did a longer run. I got my routes mixed up though, and did a little over 7 instead of the 5 or so I thought I was going to do. It went well at the beginning, but then I was out there longer than I anticipated and it got hotter than I'd planned for. I had to stop at a local hotel for some water before continuing home. Also, it was much too far to go without my knee brace, and my knee was pretty unhappy by the end. I got it feeling okay again with some physical therapy, but it was all really just poor planning on my part.
Today I forced myself out of bed regardless of the weather. when I started it was a nice sprinkle but quickly turned into a heavier rain. Not that I mind the rain, but it was difficult to keep in a good mindset. My jacket was heavy with water (even though its water repellent) and my toes were squishy by the end.
I imagine I looked something like this when I returned home to Brian. Anyway, the point is, I'm lost without something to train for! I think I might make a new training schedule just so I have something to go by. I love having my workouts planned out in advance and being able to cross workouts off. I'm definitely not an off the cuff person.

Do you need a schedule to train, or do you wing it?
What weather is off-limits for you for running (or any outdoor activity)?

Safe and happy running!


  1. I know exactly what you're saying. By the time a training period for a race ends, we just want to do the race than rest. But resting takes more effort than running sometimes.
    As for what weather is off limits: If it's thunder and lightening before I leave the house, I don't leave the house. Rain is a pain but they don't cancel races due to just rain so I tough it out. During the winter, temperatures near zero or below are def. NO WAYS! Also, if it has been sleeting, no icy roads for me.

    1. I'm the same for my off-limits weather. But harder pouring rain is unpleasant.

      I'm so glad someone else can relate! I hate this feeling and was hoping I could avoid it this year, but I guess not!