Te circle of life
I think it's a common problem. Not just for runners but for anyone with anything.
You set yourself a goal, achieve your goal then the anticlimax.
If you can always have another race or another goal ahead to aim for after the last one. It could be to run a particular race that you really want to run, or to run somewhere different, a new place to explore once all the training is out of the way. It could be to try something new.
If it helps try joining a club. Running with others helps to keep the interest alive once you have done your race. You'll have people to talk about running with.
make running a way of life, to the point where its just something you do rather than a concious decision. How to do that? run 6 days a week doesn't really matter how far and just keep going, sooner or later you will reach the point where you get grumpy and frustrated if you don't run.
Entering another race prior to completing the next race is also good.
Yes, me too, but now I've been running regularly for about a year, which is pretty amazing for me.
I try to cultivate a frame of mind where even if I don't feel like it, I'll do it anyway; I have the attitude that if I expect every training run to be 'perfect' (as in no physical niggles, I feel full of energy, and in a good place mentally) then I will end up not running one day, which will stretch into two days, etc.
So, I go running and I don't expect anything from it (but I do benefit from it obviously). They have a phrase in Zen called 'Striving non striving', which sounds kinda odd, but it means just doing something and not expecting a result (but results will come).
I don't know if any of that helps, but not expecting perfection from myself helps me.
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