Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited to run the Eugene Marathon. I feel strong and ready for it, but the last few weeks, my heart and head just haven't been very "in it."
I knew motivation was waning when I had a tempo run on my schedule for the evening and all my mind wanted to do was nap. And let me tell you, I do NOT nap. The manfriend has to force me to lay down often after long runs because I just want to keep doing stuff.
Looking back at my racing calendar, I haven't really taken a break from half marathon/marathon/50K training in the last two years. I've simply bounced from one training cycle right on to the next without so much as a month to chill. Wouldn't that be a novel idea?
In fact, yesterday's King Estate 5K reminded me how much fun (and hard) this running thing can be.
And beautiful when held at a winery - yes, there was wine at the finish. No, I didn't get any. No ID, no vino.
Anyway, my goal for this week is to take it easy. Often, the final week of training gets me spazzed out because I want to make up for the missed mileage by doing other "easy" stuff like biking, weight lifting, cross training, etc. but I need to make sure to keep my body fresh and focus on the race ahead.
So after the marathon, what do I plan to do? Well, for now, the plan is to NOT run for a week. I will probably do some light biking and yoga, but that's it.
Previously, I thought about starting Jamie Eason's Life Fit Trainer program after the marathon, but I haven't decided. Also, a few weeks ago, I put my name in the lottery for the McKenzie River 50K again and got in - gah, I know! I sort of did this waffling over whether or not I wanted to run the entire summer away.
The reality is, I'll be running a lot whether or not I'm training for this 50K. Plus running on beautiful trails with friends isn't such a bad way to spend your day.
Overall, I just want to make sure I have time for other priorities and fun adventures with the manfriend (hello camping, I'm looking at you). And if I have to drop out of the race, I'm not afraid to do so.
Moral of the story: I need a mini break from running so I can fall back in love with it all over again.
Tell me: How is your Monday treating you so far?