Without a doubt, the easiest way to avoid a crash after the post-race high is to pick a new goal. Decide what you want to tackle next -- whether it's getting faster, going further, being more consistent with your training, trying complimentary workouts, or maybe even setting your sights on a different sport altogether -- and put a plan together for how you'll go about achieving it.
It's no mystery that running with a group can be one of the most fun ways to help you get fitter faster. Having a network to lean on that can support you while also challenge you and hold you accountable for workouts can be the best and easiest way to stay motivated. Plus, let's face it, it's so much easier to tackle those miles when you've got some great company.