It’s a hard time of year.
Summer is technically almost at an end, but the heat and humidity are still going strong in most parts of the country. School is back in session, which means new morning schedules, more traffic from more people on the roads, and just a general sense of craziness.
I see a lot of people struggling right now. The long months of insane heat have taken their toll, and those who have been running summer races, or even just training, are looking forward to cooler temps and a little bit more flexibility in their workout schedules.
I’m trying hard not to get dragged down by that special kind of fatigue that comes from the pattern of waking up most days of the week before the sun, dressing in the dark, and hitting the road while the streetlights are still burning. It’s hard, and sometimes, the thought of staying snuggled up in bed is overwhelmingly tempting.
My eye is on the prize. Or prizes, as the case may be. My first “big” race is in 23 days. Less than a month. The thought is terrifying and exciting. I am hopeful that I am ready and can put in a great showing, and I know that if I slack on my training, I won’t be happy with my finish. And once I finish Tower of Terror, I will have two half marathons on the books, and I need to build up my mileage to handle those comfortably.
Having races scheduled in the interim definitely keeps me looking ahead and on track. I am pretty much trending towards a race a month, which keeps giving me focused on the pay off of short term goals, as opposed to waiting for one, big, long term goal. My strategy seems to be working. I’m building to the bigger races, but enjoying the smaller ones to keep me going in the meantime.
Hopefully, the weather will change in another month or two, and it will give everyone, myself included, renewed energy and drive. The time change will also make going out in the morning a little bit easier. I know that I am far more likely to bounce up if there’s daylight. And if that daylight doesn’t equal 95 degrees and 100% humidity.
How are you managing in these last few weeks of summer?
Do you think cooler temps and the time change will jumpstart your motivation, if it’s been waning?
Are you good training for one thing at a time, or do you like to keep your calendar full?