The 50K I did a couple weeks ago was the last big push until the fall. There just simply isn’t much going on race wise in Texas over the spring/ summer. Maybe it’s good we have an off season, because I love racing. If we had stuff year round, I would sign up year round. I know there’s the whole argument for just going and running for the sake of running, but I just love the process of all the training for that big event off in the future. I love pushing through 20 milers on the weekends. I guess I must love being tired all the time or something. Now in full disclosure, I have a couple shorter things in the upcoming months. A 10K in a couple weeks, and I’ll probably manage a half marathon this summer as part of our vacation. Here’s how I cope with a long off season though:
-I schedule something for the fall every year. It motivates me all spring/ summer long. The last few years I’ve done a small, local marathon in October and that seems to do the trick. I also try and keep up interesting runs. Long, pretty runs through Brushy Creek, maybe an occasional trail run.
-I force a long run every 3-4 weeks of at about 16 miles. For me this is long enough to make those 20 plus milers not seem so impossible when the time comes do to them.
-I look for other challenges. I don’t have a lot of time to try tackling anything very big, but this spring and summer, I want to improve my hillwork on the treadmill, start taking spin classes here and there, and continue to work on my yoga.
I admit though, I’m a bit of a hopeless case. I love it when fall rolls around and racing season starts, but that is a long way off. At least I’ll be saving on those entry fees for the next few months!