It’s now six weeks since I ran the London Marathon. The time has flown past – it feels like 6 months ago rather than less than 2. Since then I have taken part in 3 events – I’ve not ‘trained’ properly for any of them knowing that the work I’d done for the marathon would see me through.
But it’s not been enough for me. I feel like something is missing from my life. I can’t believe I’m going to say it but I think I miss the marathon training. I miss the structure, the sense of achievement from completing the slightly scary distances. I even miss the strange looks that people used to give me when I told them that I was training for a marathon.
So, what to do? I’m not thinking about throwing myself into another marathon yet. I want to become a better runner before I do that. But I don’t just want to coast from 10K to 10K over the summer hoping that by magic I’ll get faster.
I need a plan. And when I think about it it’s no wonder I’ve been feeling a bit lost. I plan, organise and make things happen for a living. Planning is what I do best. And yet I’ve been coasting along in my training with no plan and wondering why I feel odd!
So for the last week I’ve been following a 10K training plan with my Adidas miCoach. I’ll write another post about what that entails but it’s safe to say that I feel back on track already.
I’ve also realised that I need a new scary goal. As a beginner runner every distance I’ve taken on this year has been new and scary. From 5K to 10 miles to half marathon to full marathon. I’ve always been working towards something that I’ve not been quite sure I could achieve.
Having run the marathon that’s not the same. I can do any distance I choose. So what to do?
I’ve entered a race that’s a bit different.
The distance, 8 miles doesn’t scare me at all. I can do that no problem. But what scares me is the terrain, the hills, the mud, the water. It makes me shiver just thinking about it. But I’ve learned that that’s good. It’s what I need to motivate me. I want to feel a bit scared.
This running thing – it’s a bit mental!