Many situations may have transpired during your last marathon that can affect your motivation to train for another one. Maybe you did not have a great race. You feel upset about your results and don't know why you did not run the time you wanted. Maybe you had a great race but, with the excitement, you came back too soon. You did not take the needed recovery and now you feel fatigued and burned out. Maybe you rested too long after your marathon. You told yourself you would start back soon but find yourself not working out at all. Your fitness level dropped and when you have worked out it has not been as fast as before.
If any of these situations sound familiar, don't worry; you are not alone. You should expect to have anti-climatic feelings after running a marathon, whether you ran your best race or slowest. Many people, even elite athletes, go through these feelings. With the right approach, you will soon be back out on your runs, feeling excited and motivated.
First however, before training for another marathon, you need to properly recover from your last program. Remember, you completed a marathon of 26.2 miles. Even if you did not accomplish your goals, you trained hard for many months. That in itself is a great accomplishment. The length of your recovery depends primarily on how long it took you to complete your marathon, or your fitness level. A rule of thumb is to take a week of recovery for every hour it took you to complete your marathon. If you did not complete your marathon, use the same formula based on the predicted time to complete your marathon. So if your marathon took you 4 hours (or you were predicted to do so), you should take 4 weeks in a recovery phase. During the recovery phase you should minimize the volume and intensity of your training. Taking this time allows your body and mind to recover. So, you will start your next training cycle feeling mentally and physically stronger than the previous one.
By making a few changes in how you go about exercising, you will increase your desire to do more. Be patient with yourself and most of all enjoy what you are doing.
Run The Planet thanks MBS Fitness for the permission to reprint the article "10 tips to getting motivated for another marathon" by coach Marie Murphy. With over 20 years as a professional athlete and 13 years as a coach, Marie Murphy knows the problems and understands the challenges today's athletes and individuals face in life and pursuing their fitness goals. Marie Murphy represented Ireland in 1988 Seoul Olympic Games as a marathon runner. Her personal best is 2:37:54. Text © by MBS Fitness..