Momentum Mondays: When Training Sucks
Well, we have hit June running full steam but I am relieved to have a few more things in order. I moved in with my sister this weekend for a couple months and it is WONDERFUL to not feel like I am transient. I have ONE MORE MOVE in September and I will be settled in. Forever.
My apartment entertaining has looked like this recently so it is LOVELY to have furniture again.
I will be honest with you. Training sucked last week. I am not sure if it is residual fatigue from the race, some unanticipated life stress I dealt with, the fact that I moved or the fact I have barely eaten veggies or taken vitamins this past month, but hitting my target paces is HARD.
I continue to have that strange issue with my calf and I am seeing my coach about that today as well as getting a massage tonight. I am hoping that rest helps, but it is funny that the week of National Run Day, I didn’t want to run at all. It hurt, I lacked motivation and I wasn’t having fun.
This is where it is important to take stock. I have some big races coming up where I needed to hit a certain level of mileage but I also tried to cut myself a break on the speed.
Here are a few things I did this week to combat my running slump:
– I turned my watch setting to the time instead of my speed on intervals. I knew I was moving slower than I wanted but instead of that getting to me psychologically, I just did the best I could and called it a day.
– I made sure I foam rolled and stretched every night before bed to help keep my legs as healthy as possible.
– I added my vitamins back in, especially my iron and I made a concerted effort to drink more water.
– I took an extra rest day.
– I tried to sleep a few extra hours a night.
– I made time to do things just for the fun of it and not to stress out. You don’t always love running and that is ok. I always know something is wrong when I don’t want to put on my running shoes and I take this seriously.
– I made sure the work I did was quality, even if it was slower than usual and didn’t put in any “junk” miles.
– I made an appointment with the experts and not assuming it will go away on it’s own. I am seeing my physio, my naturopath, my chiropractor and my massage therapist.
The BEST way to beat a running slump? Have a little sister that does things like this..
So what did last week’s training look like?
MONDAY: 2 hours of beach volleyball
TUESDAY: 12 KM interval workout with 1 mile and 800 m repeats, 1 hr soccer
WEDNESDAY: 1 hr golf lesson, 6 KM easy run
FRIDAY: 10 KM run with 5 KM tempo
SATURDAY: 18 KM run
What do you do when you lose your training motivation or running isn’t quite as fun as it normally is?