I may just be a bit soft but i’m really struggling to get a work/life/run balance at the moment! Many runners talk of endless miles over the summer due to lighter and warmer nights but i have seen a definite decrease in mileage this year.
I can’t put my finger on the main reason but hope i’m not the only one. Teaching is a great job and i wouldn’t change a thing but the summer term was manic and i really found it hard to find time to run around looming deadlines, school events, family events and just general tiredness. I hoped that this would go at the final summer bell went but this year it has stayed like a ball and chain!
As we moved into the summer break i really couldn’t find my motivation to get out on the road. I have felt tired through the whole summer and have tried regain my speed post marathon training through hill work and speed intervals but i normally long to get out and run long runs. I find them great to clear my head of work and life and find them great for reverting back to a bit of ‘me time’ away from the chaos of work and family life. This urge has not been there to get out and i really cannot work out why.
I have never been one for hot runs i find overheating far more unpleasent than being too cold. I have always been the same, maybe due to playing ice-hockey for 8 years. But I long for the damp winter nights, with a head torch and layers i have always found it easier to run in the dark over the warm, bug filled summer evenings.
We have had a busy summer but for a change the weather has been kind but my runivation has been missing. As we move into autumn i hope to regain focus as i have several races coming up (Great West Run, Rockingham Duathlon as well as the fab Wildrunning night series) I know i feel slow and heavy so hope that i can regain focus and start to move faster and with more purpose.
But in the meantime if anyone finds my runivation please can you return it!!
I will keep you posted as the nights draw in and i hope my mileage goes up!