After my peak 20 mile run last weekend, I’ve been feeling an odd mix of excitement and demotivation. Excitement, since I’ve just run the furthest I’ve ever run and overcome a huge obstacle- both mentally and physically. Demotivation, since I’m absolutely exhausted and I’m 100% ready to sit on my ass and eat carbs, as opposed to gradually tapering off my miles like my plan advises.
As I’m sure is quite normal at this stage, energy and motivation have been lacking. But I found this picture on Strava Run’s Instagram and saved it to my phone. It’s a huge reminder of how strong I feel after completing a long or tough session that I thought was out of reach.
I’m not fooling myself- I know I won’t look like this when I cross the finish line in two week’s time (eek!), but I damn well hope I’ll feel the same sense of achievement and satisfaction.
What’s your advice for keeping motivation during a taper?
Do you have any images or phrases on hand for when you need a kick up the butt?
Lots of love,