I’m in maintenance mode. When I’m training I worry about this. Will I put on weight? Will I get bored? What will I run? It’s endless. In reality I kind of love it.
I can wake up on any given morning and say yes I’ll run this morning or no, I’m just not feeling it and go back to sleep. I find that I still run 4-5 days a week, so it’s not like I turn into a bear hibernating and sleep in all the time. I really love the early morning run, so that normally gets me out of bed.
And that’s what maintenance is all about finding the love for running after you have spent weeks following a training plan and running X number of miles whether you feel like it or not. I love that I can say on Saturday (my long run day), I’m going to aim for 7 miles, but if I get out of the door earlier then I’ll try and squeeze in 8 or 9 instead.
I have finished my spring races: Rock ‘n’ Roll USA half marathon (horrible race on my part), Flower City half marathon (redeemed myself), and a local Pink Ribbon 5k (new PR!!) and have no races in my near future. As long as I’ve calculated my next training program correctly I won’t be on a training schedule again until June 18th. Yes, I have been known to mess up my schedule and this was even with the aid of Excel. I was one week off and not an extra week, but a week short this spring between my two half marathons. You’d think I can’t do math, but shh . . . I have an accounting degree and love math. I blame it all on
my ability to read a calendar correctly Excel!