I hadn’t planned on writing anything for this week’s Runner’s Lounge Take it and Run Thursday until I had a conversation with my wife last night. She asked how my run had gone earlier in the day and I responded that it was ok but my fitness level has dropped right off and that that was not surprising given I have only put in 20 miles a week for the last 3 or so months. She responded that I would need to focus, it was going to be tough to get ramped up for a 50 miles race in December, work and commuting notwithstanding life places its own demands.
So this is my addition to this week topic which is the middle miles; getting over the hump.
I delayed my second training cycle due to a new job, looking back that was 3 months ago, in fact had I stuck with the original plan I would have completed my target race 10 days ago! Now I am about to start again with my target race in December. Now think about that for a second; December; hmm that’s Christmas time, now doesn’t that make it sound a long way off, now if I tell you there are just under 17 weeks till Christmas, less than 120 days: 120 daily newspaper, approximately 50 blog posts, 34 tanks of gas, 17 Saturday nights. Now does that sound a bit closer than Christmas! To me that means that there are only 15 weeks till my race; 105 days.
So what does this have to do with the hump, the middle, the doldrums, well my point that I am arriving at a torturously, circuitous pace is that they come and go faster than you think. Keeping one eye focused on what is approaching from the horizon keeps that eye on the prize, keeps you focused and helps you get through the middle miles. That’s not to say that you need to take your other eye off the present and where you are and what you are doing this week, today, right now, be it good or as per the theme of this post be they bad; but know that it will pass, quickly!