I’ve been struggling with motivation to run lately. I signed up for a more laid back summer training program for a 4 mile race, but in an effort to save a little money, I’m not actually doing the race. This means that my next real goal race is the half marathon I am planning to do in October. This also means sticking to the training plan isn’t immediately and vitally important.
Even though the trainers in my last half marathon training emphasized the importance of a goal race, I didn’t think I would struggle quite this much. I thought knowing I had to make it through 13.1 miles again in less than 6 months would be all the motivation I needed. Turns out October is too distant of a goal to have an immediate effect on today. I know I need to have a base of 4-6 miles before half marathon training starts in July, but that isn’t always enough to make me jump out of bed at 5:45am to run.
The important takeaway is this: goals are important, but distance makes a difference. Goals need to be immediate and specific for them to influence your current behavior. I now know that 4-5 months away isn’t soon enough to create urgency around my training. I the future I can plan mini race goals in between major races in order to stay on track and motivated.