I am five weeks into my sixteen week marathon training plan and things are going well physically, but mentally I’m not feeling it. I have always needed something to aim for and over the years the aims have grown in size. I have learnt that It’s good to have something planned before finishing a challenge, as this helps avoid any anticlimax.
I said from the planning stage of last year’s events ‘that I can’t keep doing events of this size in the future’. I thought by planning in three marathons this year, it would be enough to keep me focused, this isn’t the case! Don’t get me wrong when it comes to the races I am focused but I need something more.
I have talked to a few people over the past few week, most of whom have done endurance events and know what Im feeling, but don’t really have the answer either. It would be easy for me to come up with some mad challenge never done before or aim to become an age group triathlete, but then what. Some point in the future this all has to stop, I will have to live with doing one 70.3 Ironman a year or running 10km to keep my fitness levels and be happy with it. I have become addicted to pushing myself to the limit!
There are many reasons why I can’t keep up the level of training and time spent at events that I have in the past. So I need to learn and find another way to get that feeling again without having to do fifty two events in six months. I know in the grand scheme of life this is a minor issue and one i’m sure I will work out in the end. However if you have any ideas, it will be great to hear from you.