Welcome to the off-season of running. With the exception of CIM, I don’t think there are many other large marathons happening for a while. Hallelujah.
I realize that not all of you love off-season. I agree that it can be difficult to get motivated to run when there’s not a specific goal in the upcoming months to work toward. It’s not easy.
Buuuuuuuuut, there are lots of things to do that will prepare you for NEXT YEAR’s race. Read on.
- Get that nagging pain checked out and addressed.
- Get in better shape. Not running shape, better shape.
- Work on weight loss. If this something you feel you need to do, this is the time.
- Get stronger. Every one of you needs to do this RIGHT NOW.
- Work on speed.
It may be hard to believe, but the work that you put in NOW is going to determine how those 12 weeks of marathon training next Spring or Fall will go. Really.
So, yeah, go for runs. Have some fun. Play in the snow (or, if you’re in NYC today, the pouring frickin rain) and run the shorter distances (10 miles or less) until your training season ramps up next year.
Get strong before you go long.
I should trademark that. But seriously, get strong now. Work on those weak areas now. Get into the gym and get to know your friendly physical therapist. Cuz off season has its place, too!
Now go out and run.