Off Season Motivation


Well my friends, it is that time of year. Here in the south, the distance racing season is over. You up north may be saying “huh? What is that crazy girl talking about, we are just getting started!” I may be crazy, but you would be even ore crazy for running a half marathon or marathon (heck even a 10k) past April. Yesterday, it was 87 degrees at 1:30. Yesterday morning at 6:45 on my run, it was 67 degrees (the sun wasn’t above the trees yet!) and it was 96% humidity. Friends, I love running, but I have absolutely no desire to die of a heat stroke. True there may be a 5k in my future before fall, but that’s even questionable.


This problem leads me to a conundrum. What do I do all summer? We have the shortest spring race season ever (just when I was starting to get faster, too. Darn!) and I have no plans to run distances in the heat and humidity until October (oh yes, it will be in the upper 90’s till October) so I am trying to figure out what to do with myself.

Well, that’s not entirely true, I know what I WANT to do, but the problem is, will I actually be motivated enough to do it. Looking at a goal race that is five and a half months away is a really difficult thing for me to wrap my brain around. Sure once it gets close I am sure I will get the bug to train hard, but right now I just feel kind of “eh, I’ve got time.” But I know if I keep that attitude, I will keep having mediocre race times and then will be kicking myself for not working harder.


Never fear, I have a plan! well…loosely. I have a few ideas rolling around but before I decide on any concrete training plan I wanted your opinion. So tell me, how do I keep off season motivation in the hot summer? I want to continue (if not step up) my lifting routine and really work on my speed. Jen has given me a few great pointers already for my interval training, I just hope I can force myself to stick with it. It’s going to be a long hot summer……You got that right Keith Urban.

QOTD: I need your help! Give me your best tips, ideas, motivation for the long hot summer, and I may post some of them in a future blog post!

PS Look how short my hair was two Easter’s ago!