A year ago I was logging 50k a week, running between 4 and 5 times a week. I was doing tempo runs, long runs and even some speed training. I was roughly at the halfway mark for my marathon training so the distance hadn’t increased a lot yet, I was just doing a lot of running, a lot of the time.
This year? I haven’t been out in nearly 3 weeks. Not even for a 1k walk down the street, let alone an 8k tempo run as I was doing. Why? Well, mainly because I am not training for any big races any more, so the motivation to train is not as strong as it was. Also, other things have taken priority so the time isn’t always there and also, I’ve changed my routine.
I actually think that this last factor is the most important one. When I was training, my routine was to get out there and run either at lunchtime or after work when possible – no questions asked. I missed a few days here and there but for the most part I didn’t have to think, I just changed and went. That routine has now been lost and there were a few days last week that I could have gone for a run but for whatever reason other things interfered and it didn’t happen.
They say when someone does something three times it then becomes a habit. I need to get back out there and run some more and I promise to do it next week, to get a fresh start!