Ever been there? Let me clarify my funk in May. Everyone has bad days or a bad few days but when running becomes a grind for several weeks in a row then it is time for evaluation. May was a wall for me. I’m still not sure I can explain it but running the RNR Nashville Half Marathon in the rain was mentally exhausting. It is not what caused my wall but it was a catalyst that seemed to snowball.
I wasn’t enjoying running. I was cheering other people on in their journey but I was struggling to get my mind focused for each run. I knew there was a problem in the middle of May when with no physical ailments, I shut down a long run after five miles. I began at that point working with others and reviewing past training strategies to see where I was missing it. I spoke to Ali over at www.msprun.com who shared some of her struggles recently. I also talked to my running buddy Josh. Below are a list of things that have changed from before. I won’t tell you what changes I made moving forward because I want to hear your similar struggle and strategy to recharge.
See my doctor: when I started back in 2010, the first thing we found was I had low testosterone. It was quickly addressed and helped me lose 35 lbs over the course of a year. I had given blood the first part of May and thought that could be part of my sluggishness. We checked my T just in case. ALl levels were fine so we continued with the regimen we have scheduled.
Fuel: I love sweets. Was I eating more sweets or had my habits become inconsistent in the area of food?
Sleep: I can tell you this one was a quick answer. I had allowed my sleep patterns to vary from night to night. This is going back to a routine. Asleep by 10 pm with no questions.
Stretching: I had been inconsistent with my pre run stretching and post run passive stretching. Some days I gave it a half hearted effort in warming up. That set the tone for the run.
Re-examine my WHY: This one should be a constant subject. Why do I run? Why do I post to social media? What is my strategy? What is the big picture goal that I am aiming to achieve? Knowing the WHY makes it easier to set the smaller goals and daily goals to achieve the overall purpose.
Friends: Who have I been listening to and repeating their thought process or pattern?
Naked: Some days I need to run with no agenda and no music. I need to focus only on what is around me and staying present in the moment for the moment.
Family and friends: Have I made the effort to invest in those that I love and cherish?
What about you? How have you broken through a tough season of training or feeling mentally out of it? Leave comments below. Thank you for stopping by!