It sounds like you need to learn how to slow down. A lot of people go out and race every time without thinking, it sounds to me like you’re one of them.
Not to sound like a broken record but you’ll make it much farther if you use these next 5 weeks to teach yourself to slow down.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you there’s a reason for that.
I know it was harsh but it’s the truth and I see this a lot. I won’t lie, I go through this on occasion myself, especially during 2003 and points in 2004. I always seem to come out of it by asking myself one simple question. 20-30 years from now, when I am looking back on the peak of my running career, what do I want to see? Do I want to see someone who accomplished some things then packed it in or do I want to see someone who believed in himself and, whether he set his sights higher than his potential or not, went after his goals with everything he had and took himself as far as he could go?
Now, I know I’m going to sound like a broken record but I don’t care. The best way to get through as much as possible while running is by spending the coming weeks teaching yourself to run slower and longer.
Don’t stop there. A year is only the tip of the iceberg.