Thanks for all of the love on Betsy’s post yesterday! I can’t wait to share all about our race weekend… I haven’t run a half marathon in awhile (or a race that long in Wisconsin in forever) so it should be a fun time. Plus, the weather looks perfect for race day!!
It’s almost been two weeks since the Boston Marathon and I think it’s safe to say that I’m experiencing some running fatigue. What do I mean by that? I just have not had the motivation or been in the mood to go out and tackle my miles, which is kind of a problem since we are less than 50 days away from Grandmas Marathon!
I think it’s a mix of a) having a disappointing race; b) coming off an intense training cycle and not giving myself a good break before the next one ramps up and c) my anemia kicking into gear again. Luckily the last one is pretty easy to take care of since I know the symptoms / what I need to do to fix (check out THIS blog post for details). But for the other two, there’s not much I can do but try to beat the running fatigue.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned help me get back on the “omg running is the best thing ever” bandwagon:
1. Take a break.
This is the hardest thing to do because I feel like I *should* be out there running because that’s what the training plan says. But you know what? You have to do what feels best… and if you push yourself too hard before you’re ready, it can result in some serious overtraining, which is even worse than just missing an easy workout or two. I’ve also focused on trying to take a break mentally — which has been hard because the work side of life has been crazy lately. But, that’s necessary too.
2. Run naked.
Not THAT kind of naked… 😉 But without a watch! Even on my easy runs this week, I felt like I was staring at my watch every .13 miles to make sure I was within the pace I needed to be in. Sometimes you just need to… go. And enjoy it. Don’t think about how fast, how far, etc. Just run.
3. Change your focus.
I’ve been trying to focus more on my next race (half marathon) instead of the marathon I’m inevitably training for and knowing that a shorter race is on the horizon has made me feel better about it. Sometimes I think it’s good to throw a 5k in the mix or a fun run of some type, so your brain (and your muscles) can switch gears.
4. Try a new route or run with friends.
I am the worst at running the same route over and over again until I get to the point where I can no longer even look at that part of the city. Sometimes switching up the scenery can make a difference. Or, see if you can join a local running club or store for a week. Maybe coerce some friends to run with you. Whatever it is, a new route or running routine can bring back the love.
5. Set some new goals.
Especially after a disappointing race… focusing on the goals that you missed can make you feel even worse and less motivated to run. Setting some new goals will give you new fire to aim for something. Not saying that you have to say goodbye to the goals that you didn’t hit, but at least switch it up so you can focus on something.
I’m toying with the idea of going for a PR next weekend at the half marathon, and this change in perspective makes me excited to get out there and run again.
Linking up with Rachel at Running on Happy for Friday Five today!
What are your ways of getting over running fatigue?
Anyone racing this weekend? Details!
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