Winter is… just leaving actually

I missed my last two training days. I wasn’t injured, I wasn’t fatigued. I was something more insidiously dangerous to a runner’s schedule

I was busy.

Deadlines are deadlines, and sacrifices had to be made. My fault for lack of foresight? Sure, maybe. But it was what it was.

What worries me though, is that this is about the time I fell off last year.


Yikes. That dip is even scarier than I remember. And I don’t want a repeat of it this year. Up through March of 2013, I was on par to finish my goal of 300 miles in September. Falling behind in the summer is what ultimately set me up to fail once the end of the year came around.

I’d like to attribute the past two days of missed training just being busy. I can’t help but wonder, though, if the time of year has something to do with it, for a couple reasons. Winter runs are hard. But there was something great about waking up early in the cold, dark morning, and psyching yourself up to just get out there. Yeah, it’s tough. But that’s what we signed up for. And it’s so worth it in the end.

R snowy run

Once the warm weather comes around, it’s easier to have a more relaxed attitude toward your runs. You could go now, you could go later. It takes less discipline to get yourself out there. But that lack of mental resolve makes it easier to fall out of your schedule, too. (It also doesn’t help that the warm days spoiled me. Now I don’t want to run in anything under 45°).

Anyway, I guess the moral of the story is similar to K’s last post. You gotta know yourself and your patterns, and in some cases, work against them. I’m not going have a slump this year. I’m still kinda busy tonight, but the weather’s great today, and I’m gonna go for a run.