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    Time to get back at it


    Following a goal race I often find myself in a bit of a running-lull.  It starts out with the post-race recovery period, which is very necessary for your body after having pushed it so hard.  It’s a time of celebration, where I go overboard eating all the things I’ve avoided during training because they make me feel draggy or slightly off.  It’s rest not only for race-weary muscles, but the travel-weary mind and spirit.

    Then the rest period is over and I should be doing some active recovery.  Light jogs, walks, that sort of thing.  Instead, it’s a time of catching up on things I hadn’t done while so focussed on training.  Appointments, emails, little tasks around the house.  The race is still recent enough to feel like I have run lately; yet the routine of training feels like a distant memory.  It’s a strange mental space where, despite having run like clockwork regardless of the conditions, it is somehow too windy, early, late, cold or hot, and a lot of “I’ll do it tomorrow” is thrown about like dirty laundry in a college dorm.   My motivation lags; mostly I am just tired.

    I ran a race last weekend; my goal race was 3 weeks ago.   I’ve run here and there, but it’s time, now, to get back at it.  Time to set some new goals and plan a new schedule.  Time to fall in love all over again.

    I’ll be making a decision on my A-race for the fall in the next week or so, and maybe picking some events between now and then, just for fun.  I’ll be putting a schedule on the calendar and making dates with myself so there is no ambiguity.  I will be stocking up on fresh, healthy menu choices that I know will help me feel more energetic.  I will be laying out my clothes, setting the alarm, and I will be running.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!