Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's a Runner to Do?

Since my last race, I've felt lackluster about training. Sure I earned a nice, shiny new PR. HOWEVER I was a couple of minutes off my goal race time. I felt like all the hard work and consistency I had put in leading up to the race was for nothing.

The local race calendar is full of shorter distance runs - 10K being the longest. This translates into lots of speed work on the plan. I'm not sure what genius thought fast running in the humid/hot summer months was a good idea.

WHINE

WHINE

WHINE

In previous years, I've trained for triathlons - but after the flat tire coming out of T1 a couple of years ago, I'm unmotivated to train for those either.

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

So, what's a runner to do? Right now on the schedule I'm doing weight training 3 days a week - glorious air conditioning! The plan is to run Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. And perhaps another easy run doubled up on a weights day.

Fast running is extra difficult in the humidity, but just doing easy runs all the time seems boring. There are also 2 goals for the year that would require me not giving up - PRs at every distance AND 1,000 miles logged for the year.

How do you train through it? 
When is it time to take a break from training to prevent burnout?

4 comments:

  1. You race a lot and I think it's awesome. I have been really focusing on weights and some other types of cardio, and it's really made me miss running and appreciate it. Sometimes a few weeks of few miles and other activities are enough to make you miss training

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  2. I got nothin' for you. This idiot signed up for a fall marathon so I'll be doing a 14 mile training run while in Georgia next week. I literally might die.

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  3. I have nothing really to say since I've fallen off the running bandwagon in the past year (curse you, bum ankle). All I'd say is don't discount your victories, or let what you see as a failure to sour you on the whole experience. Not that I follow my own advice ;)

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  4. maybe time to take a training break & alter your work out finding something new & fun.

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