Post Berlin Lull – Finding My Running Motivation

Since completing the Berlin Marathon, I have been in somewhat of a post marathon lull. I have struggled with a few niggles and a distinct lack of running motivation.

Before running the marathon I had seen lots of people on Instagram suffering from this. I thought, madness…I’m going to be more motivated than ever. I want to keep the momentum going and smash my goals. However, I have been struck down by the same lack of motivation, same physically drained state of blurgh (this is not a scientific term). I have certainly fallen foul to the lack of umph.

A steady 5km pain free run

I’m please to say, today was my first “proper” run since Berlin. A slow and steady 5km which was almost completely pain free. Well as pain free as any run after not running for 21 days will ever be. Finally, some running motivation.

So how do I plan to keep the momentum going? Races.

This Sunday I am taking part in the Rugby Half Marathon. It will be my 3rd half of the year and one that I have every intention of taking easy. I’m not out to smash any goals or push myself. Just to have an enjoyable run and see what happens.

The following week I have the MK Cattle Creepy, a 10km Halloween themed 10km through the fields of MK. If the summer version is anything to go by there will be so many Redway Runners it will feel like a club run.

The 24th November will see me take on the Run Silverstone Half Marathon – a perfectly flat course around the historic formula one circuit. I ran a 10km here in the summer and the atmosphere was great, particularly considering it bucketed down for much of the race. This is my current target race and I will be pushing myself to get a good time. In the build up to Berlin, I felt confident I could knock some time off my half PB and all being well I’m going to give it a go at this race. Sub 2:10 would be amazing but I’d be pleased with anything under 2:15.

My final race of the year will be the MK Winter Half, on Sunday 8th December. Another race with a great Redway Runners feel and I’m really looking forward to it. Really aiming to finish my “race season” on a high…with a smile.

There are a couple of other potential races; Bedford Harriers Half and Marlow Half but I haven’t booked these yet as I want to see how I get on.

So in short, I intend to race myself back into a place where I’m having fun and am back to my usual levels of running motivation. Watch this space…

Jack

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