Hi everyone! I am back from my almost month-long hiatus! After the Fourth, things just got super busy & I didn’t have as much time to run and blog as I hoped I would. Unfortunately, I haven’t been as focused on my running goals and keeping up my training in the past month as I was before, and I think a lot of that has to do with the Peachtree being over.
A lot of times, runners training for a big race (either a new distance or a really fun race such as the Peachtree Road Race) will stay very dedicated to their training in the months and weeks leading up to the race. They think everything is great and they will just keep running & training hard after the race. But many times after the race, there is a sort of let down, and runners find themselves thinking “what now?” This often leads to a lack of motivation to run and train. I know for me it certainly does!! And this is not a fun time because its kind of like “well, if I don’t have a big race coming up, what’s the point of training?” And it can be hard to get out of this slump.
The good news is, there ARE ways to get out of the post-race slump! Here are a few of my favorite ways to get back on the right track post-race:
1. Sign up for another race! It doesn’t have to be a huge race or a longer distance, just any race will do. For example, after I ran the half marathon in November last year, I went ahead and signed up for a low-key 5k in December that I knew I could do well in so I would have a reason to keep up training.
2. Look for a running partner or group that will keep you on track! Running with other people can really spike your motivation to get running. You are more likely to go for your run if you know that someone is counting on you to run with them. (Plus its nice to have someone to talk to on long runs!)
3. Reward yourself for your hard work! Go to your favorite running store, and buy some new running clothes, shoes, or accessories. I know nothing gets me excited to run like a new pair of shoes or some new stuff to try out!
4. Destination running (at home!) Find somewhere fun that you want to go to near you such as a store, coffee shop, park, or whatever you want and run to it! Tell a friend to meet you there (with a car! haha) and this will motivate you to get out the door. For example, if you live near a mall, you could tell a friend to meet you at the mall, and you could run to the mall. I, personally, would be more motivated to run if I knew I had a fun day of shopping ahead of me when I got done running!
These are just a few tips of how to get back to running after a big race, and I hope they help you like they help me! Feel free to comment some of your favorite strategies of how to get out of the post-race slump!