Taking a breather

I’ve been fighting this nearly all summer, but I’ve finally decided to take just a bit of a running breather.  I’ll still run to maintain fitness, but I’ve been feeling pretty fried, so nothing with any intensity.  As I think back, I’ve been training pretty hard (for me at least) for about a 18 months.  I’ve loved the progress I’ve made, but this summer it’s really started to feel more like a chore.

 

When I first started working with a coach to improve my running, I recall feeling a bit scared when I started to see intense workouts on my schedule.  Prior to that, I had only put in the mileage, but nothing more.  I remember the first few fartleks, speed runs, tempo runs and threshold runs and that feeling of utter exhaustion at the end.  But, I always came back wanting more.  In fact, Thursdays became my favorite running day because I knew I’d be doing some tempo work.  I had that “I can’t wait to tackle another tough run” feeling all last summer, over the fall and winter, and even into the spring this year leading up to the Glass City Marathon.

This summer, I just haven’t been able to get into it.  Most runs felt more like a sentence than a challenge.  So, after fighting it for a couple months by thinking, “I just need to push through this,” I’ve decided to take a little breather and get my head and heart back into it.  Backing off the intensity will also allow a couple of little niggly aches and pains to heal up too.

Stop pushing
Stop pushing

My ‘A’ race this year is December 2, so I have a bit of time to spare before I really need to start that training cycle in earnest.  And I want to be ready to attack that cycle like I have in the past.  So, until then, I’m going to run when I want to run, and not worry about time and pace and weekly totals.  I’ve already been doing this for the past 4 or 5 days and I can already feel a difference in my attitude.

One thought on “Taking a breather

  1. Sean – I think we’ve all been there, that lack of “mojo”, I had it back in 2011 in the early spring and it took me about 4-5 weeks to get it back, and when I came back I moved to an entirely new level.

    That level will be waiting for you when you get back after it to prepare for December 2nd. Just run easy and find the joy in it again.

    Will be checking in with you from time to time. Take good care Sean!

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