The Taper, The Race, and The Aftermath


We’ve all been there, following a training plan for a big race — 8 weeks, 10 weeks, sometimes 16 weeks or more to a half or full marathon. Then the big day nears and we slip into taper mode. The lower miles come easy and the race goes as planned (or better/worse, but it’s over).

Now what? The aftermath — the let down. While some runners, like my husband for instance, go on with business as usual, running daily like brushing his¬†teeth. Others go right into training mode for their next race. I, on the other hand, tend to slip into a low motivation cycle where I don’t want to run… at all. It’s especially hard this time of year. My kids are home in the mornings with no school, my husband (also in education) is able to sleep in a bit, it’s hot and humid and the desire Just. Isn’t. There. ¬†While I’m giving excuses, I’ll add that I now have a 25 minute commute to and from work so it’s harder to get up earlier and it’s too hot/late (and I’m starving) when I get home.

We went on vacation last week and I took an entire 7 days off from doing any form of exercise (outside of some short hiking with my family). It felt awful. Then, yesterday morning came and I had good intentions, but didn’t look at my watch until 6:17, which is too late to get a run in and still get to work with dry hair. Again, the awful feeling came back. This morning, I looked at my watch at 6:13 and decided to try and get out the door by 6:20 and just do what I could do in 25 minutes. I already feel like a new me (or rather. that my regular me is back). Perhaps tomorrow morning it will be 6:05 and before I know it, I’ll be back to regular 4-5 mile mornings. Wish me luck….


Do you have moments like these, where you lack motivation to run? How do you keep running day after day? Or do you mix it up instead? I’d love to hear about it!

Until Next Time,

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