I had a race the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Seattle Half Marathon. I didn’t really train for it. And I didn’t die. So, all in all, it was a good day.
I don’t run a ton of races compared to some of my friends. Usually, when I sign up for a race, I also create a training plan for the race. And then I train with an aggressive, but realistic, time goal in mind. I try to stick pretty close to my training plan, too.
But not this time. Nope.
Back in September and early October, I eased up on my running because of some ankle issues. I was seeing a physical therapist. I was hitting the bike more often, and I was doing short, slow runs on my lunch hour. But no long runs. So, as soon as I got the okay, I ramped up the long, slow runs by one mile each week. I’d hoped to make it to an 11-miler.
But I didn’t. I only got to 10 miles. And that was way back at the beginning of November. In the 20 days leading up to the half marathon, my longest run was five miles and I only ran four times total! Why?
I didn’t want to run. Does that ever happen to you?
I lose my running mojo two or three times a year. I could take it or leave it. I would rather bike or swim. I’m the opposite of Forest Gump—I just don’t feel like running.
Last week on RunnersWorld.com, Mark Remy wrote his Remy’s World column about being in a running rut. His suggestion? Take four days off of running. A good approach. Smart. But I have an even better one.
Run a race! After all that not running I did before my half marathon, by the end of the race I was hungry for more. Shoot, I should’ve run the full! And here’s another thing: Running less didn’t affect my pace very much. I ran my second-fastest half marathon ever!
So next time I lose my running mojo, I need to remember: Take Remy’s four days off (or more!) advice, then run a race.