My regular readers know that I now have a coach and with this comes a facebook and strava page. There is a bunch of us all training for a marathon with the same coach – about 100 I think. It makes for a busy and interesting facebook group.
Not only that but we are all undertaking a Heart Rate Training plan. This means running slow to run fast. But that’s not all! Maybe not a set of steak knives, but there are plenty of other bonuses to having our coach and HRT plan. There are super short strength circuits to do, bosu work and using bands to improve hip strength. On top of that, amazing nutrition advice and weekly podcasts on EVERYTHING. This is the kind of training program that changes your life.
I am at week 10 of a 20 week plan and have hit the mid-plan blues. Seems there are many of us that are feeling a little sense of tiredness and being a little disheartened. All part of the process I am sure.
In response to a long thread on a facebook post I decided that at this stage of a training cycle it is all about having three things.
- Trust in the process,
- Patience in your development, and
- Feeling the love.
Love of running, love for your community and the love of your coach. And she always tells us that we are #coachedandloved.
Question is, what am I going to do to get my motivation and energy back? What do you do in these circumstances?