Races are fun! They get the most out of me, every time. I challenge myself, and even though it doesn't always end up as I have planned, I always do my very best to perform.
That means that I always get extremely tired after a race, and thus tend to have down periods where I don't train for weeks. This happened after my half marathon in May and the Alcatraz Triathlon in June. Both times I have been so tired that I haven't managed to get back to my normal running routine, and I feel just the same again after the Himmelbjerget race.
My body wants to relax, it feels too tired, the couch is the only option. Well, usually this isn't really right, but it sure feels like it. This time though, I did something different.
You see, since I have been a volleyball player all my life, I have been used to people making a training plan for me. I just showed up to practice, and followed along.
When I run this isn't the case. I'm on my own, trying my best to make a plan, but filling it out just takes a lot of time, so I end up winging it. This is the point for me when it gets easy to add a rest day, whenever I feel I need them.
By making a training plan for several months from other people's expertise I have managed to get back into running much faster than normal. I used Garmin Connect's training plans towards running a half marathon, and it has worked wonders for my motivation.
Even though I have felt tired sometimes, I have been able to get out and respect the process and it has only been good for me. I would easily suggest this to anybody who struggles with finding motivation after a race. Try setting up a plan with your race included, and use those recovery runs to gain energy and motivation for later sessions.