Today, I’m trying something new and linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday
If you’ll recall, I registered for the Run Flagstaff Hot Summer Nights race series, the first race being a 7k last month. Well, yesterday was race #2, a 5k….and I didn’t run it.
I could give you the multitude of excuses I came up with not to…I’ve been working overtime this week to make up hours, I didn’t want to drive 40 minutes just to run 3.2 miles, etc etc. But, what it really boils down to was this…I didn’t feel like it.
I just didn’t want to race. It didn’t sound fun or exciting to me. It felt like just another something I had to do. So, I didn’t go. Instead, I explored a new trail and ran around Buffalo Park for a while after work. And I even had mental issues during that run. I wanted to throw some speed work into it so I did some fartlek work, but it was a mental battle to keep going for five miles and not throw in the towel after two.
For only being the first week of training, I’m finding it really hard to be motivated to run and do my prescribed workouts. I want to run. I want to be out there covering miles in my shoes and being excited about running again, but for some reason I’m not. I don’t know if it’s that I’m overwhelmed and my training schedule seems incredibly daunting, or if I’m teetering on the edge of burnout. It’s incredibly frustrating though, because after six weeks of not being ABLE to run, I would hope that I would be all that more excited to jump into running with gusto.
I hope that once my mileage is built up again and I’m running steady for a few months (I don’t really need to train after the Flag Half until Novemeber–just maintain a solid base before marathon training starts), I’ll feel more excited about what’s ahead of me. But right now, it’s something I look at and almost feel dread about. And I don’t want to dread my runs. I love running!
So, I don’t quite know what the solution is. Keep going and hope the motivation shows up eventually? Cut my running down to four days a week instead of five and give myself a little more rest? I’m not terribly sure. It’s hard not knowing exactly what the problem is–it doesn’t make it easy to fix. So, for now, I’m going to just keep running–enjoy the good runs, and be thankful for the bad ones, because they make me stronger.
How do you deal with a lack of motivation? How often does burnout happen for you?