Repeating plans runs the risk of burnout so you have to train to maintain both fitness and interest. You also have (probably) summer hols, Christmas, house move...
You might maintain interest by having intermediate goals such as races, otherwise you might have other goals which you can keep an eye on. These could be whatever you like! Whatever they are though, you have a fitness base which you should improve, but at the least you should not lose. Try to keep long runs and easy runs and drop any intervals/speedwork/hillwork from your routine for straight after the HM, until you do have a race to plan to. Try to increase your mileage over these slower paced runs in the coming months, and you'll be way ahead of your VLM plan.
Whatever, don't worry if you skip a run or two or three. Rest first, recover, then take stock.
I try to do a race once a fortnight. I don't expect to PB them all and categorise each as an A, B or C race
A - long term target eg VLM (warrents full taper and specific preparation). The B & C races will be chosen to aid preparation for an "A" race
B- Will try to do well - probably take a day off training before hand to be a bit fresher
C - Essentially a tough tempo run with the benefit of others around me for motivation. No change to normal training before or after
most small/ local races don't fill up too quickly so you should know where you're living in time to get your entries in.
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