So here we are seven Saturdays to go to St. Jude ... Anyone else over the training schedule? Who am I kidding I've never been in it this time! I just can't seem to get my mind wrapped around this one. Are you tired of Hal Higdon, Jeff Galloway, or any other training coach telling you how far, how fast, or how long you should run today? Are you sick of your running route? Are you sick of your shoes? Or maybe tired of the same shorts? Tank? Or even your socks?? Have you gotten to the point where you just don't feel like getting out there? Sick of getting up early? Or trying to figure out how to get a run in when everyone wants to eat dinner? Come on, someone tell me you understand! So what should I do! These are some ideas that I've come up with to fight this marathon training burn out:
1. Pick a day and ditch the schedule! I don't care what anyone says, I'm going to run as far as I want to! If I want to go three I will go three, if I want to go seven I will. Who knows maybe I will run 7.38 miles?! Well, Dana knows I won't do that ... I only stop on whole miles. Remember, a training schedule is a guide and although Hal Higdon has prepared me for every race, it's not the law and no one will be at the starting line saying you can't compete today because you didn't do day 4 of week 16! It's ok to deviate even miss a day or two here and there.
2. Run a different route. Change it up. Drive to a new starting point, park the car, stretch, and hit some new pavement. Just be careful and remain aware of your surroundings.
3. Try a different time of day. A different time of day opens up the possibility for new sites and sounds. A chance to unwind after along day or gear up for what lies ahead. I love sunrise runs but full moon runs can be fun too!
4. Make a new playlist or shuffle an old one. New tunes may add some bounce to your step. Ask around for some new suggestions! Ladies, a new fav of mine is Katy Perry's Roar!! Will definitely be on my St. Jude playlist!
5. Buy some new Shoes!! I am so ready for the new Asics Gel-Kayano 20s to come out! Not a fan of the color scheme of the 19s!! I am absolutely positive some new shoes will change my attitude. :) Right? If the shoes don't do the trick, then try #6 ...
6. Purchase a new outfit!! The weather is changing (thank you, Jesus!) and what can boost your run better than a new long sleeve top with thumb holes and of course some bottoms too!!
Well, hope these tips for overcoming training burn-out will help you (and me) finish strong over these next few weeks! We've got this.
If you can relate today, what do you do when you get burned out?