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!!

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