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How to Avoid Running “Burnout”

January-April 2014 – Trained for Nike Women’s Half Marathon

April 2104 – PR-ed at Nike Women’s Half Marathon

June 2014 – CXWORX training

June-October 2014 – Trained for Steamtown Marathon

October 2014 – Steamtown Marathon

October-November 2014 – Maintained training for 13.1

November 2014- Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Rest of November-December 1, 2014 – Tried to maintain mileage and train for BODYFLOW

December 2, 2014-March 7, 2015 – Got sick in December, trained for BODYFLOW, went to BODYFLOW training in January , stopped obsessing and forgot about running in the cold!!

 

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My new running buddy – Garmin Forerunner 15

 

After running and training, I wanted a break! I wanted to focus on my Les Mills classes and my BODYFLOW certification. I was sick of the long runs that consumed my weekend. You know, the day BEFORE the long run. You think about the long run. Where will it be? How many loops do I have to do in the neighborhood? What do I eat for dinner the night before? What do I wear? Do I wear my nutrition belt? THEN – the morning of the long run. For some of you this might not be a big deal. Sometimes I would get myself so worked up over it. Worried about my pace, worried about the weather, worried about my legs. I just needed a break!

 

When I got the stomach flu in December, I took a few weeks off. Then I felt guilty. I was still teaching my Les Mills classes and practicing BODYFLOW, but not running. Then a few more weeks went by without running. Who wants to run on the treadmill? Or on the snowy roads? I wasn’t signed up for a race, so it shouldn’t matter. The guilt went away, and I started loving the break. I needed the break from running. It started to feel awesome. I was able to take different Les Mills classes at the gym. The guilt started to go away and I realized I would run outside when I really wanted to – even if that meant with warmer weather!

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BODYFLOW training in January

 

So my three month break from running cured my “running burnout”.   I felt the urge to run outside this past Sunday with Amy. She is training for 2 (!) marathons this spring. She had a 17 miler scheduled for Sunday morning and I tagged along for 6. The weather was wonderful. Sunny skies and 40+ degrees. The roads were almost completely clear from our last snow storm.

 

Now I’m feeling that urge to run outside more often. The warmer weather really motivates me to get out there! I’m looking at a local (cheap) ½ marathon in June I might sign up for soon. I have heard it’s hilly, but I’m not worried about time. I would like to have a little motivation to start up the “long” runs again. Anything under 12 for a long run isn’t so bad! I have to remind myself to not get so worked up over pace and to just enjoy it!

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I get to teach BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW tonight!  I made the image above for our gym’s Facebook page.  We got snowed out last week so I’m excited for double classes tonight!!

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

On Sunday, Colby and I drove to Cambridge, MD for his half Ironman called the Eagleman.  Colby loves triathlons and has done a full Ironman (Lake Placid 2010).  The Eagleman 70.3 consists of: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run.  He started training around January for this race and has been consistent with his training.  Good thing I like to workout and trained for a half-marathon this past spring, because he was always working out in the morning and evening.

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We checked into our hotel Saturday morning, and drove to the expo in the afternoon.  We didn’t know, but Andy Potts was there for a meet and greet!  He is a pro triathlete and won the race on Sunday.

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After the expo, the boys had to get their bikes into the transition area.  Amy‘s husband Matt raced too so I was super lucky to have Amy with me all weekend to walk around and worry with while the guys raced!

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There was a lot of rain leading up to the race, so it was crazy muddy!  I got a ride around so I didn’t have to mess up my TOMS :)

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On Sunday, we got to the race very early.  Matt’s swim wave was at 8:00 and Colby’s was at 8:30.  Colby was worried that he was the second to last swim wave because we knew it was going to get hot later in the day.

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At the finish line!  You can see Amy cheering Colby on in the Tiffany blue/green shirt… she bought it for the Nike Half and thought it was too green! :)  I wanted to make sure to get a good picture of him at the finish, so he didn’t really see me until I took the picture.

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As you can see, he had a GREAT race!! His goal was 5 hours and he was thrilled to go under 5!  I checked my phone compulsively during the race, but some of the half way marks didn’t show up.  He was so fast on his bike, I missed him at transition 2!  The weather did get really hot and sunny later in the day.  He said the run was really difficult because of the heat.  He was a little sore after the race, but was able to run 3 miles with me yesterday morning.  I can’t believe how his legs are in such great shape!  He was curious as to why his swim time was a few minutes slower than expected, but after looking up the pro’s times, they were slower too.  He thought it must have been a little longer than 1.2. Oh well, he still went under 5 hours!

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At dinner that night… he has given up drinking soda since January so he was very happy to have cherry coke Sunday night!  He deserved it :)

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