This is going to be a quick post because I just need to get things off my chest.
I’ve had a really tough week of training. Monday’s and Tuesday’s runs were awful, and I felt like crap the whole time. On Wednesday, we had a mile time trial followed by 8×400. I ran 5:40 for the time trial (fine with that, didn’t care about time) and between 80 and 85 for the 400s. They were really hard after the mile, but I didn’t feel abnormally bad. Thursday was supposed to be easy, but our coach sent us for 50 minutes on the hilliest road in the county, so that was hard. I felt okay. This morning was a hill workout (6xlong hill, same as last week), but I only did 2.5 before I quit. It just didn’t feel good, and I knew it wasn’t worth suffering through the rest of it and risking injury or illness. I think my coaches understood that I was having issues because they didn’t really scold me.
Running just hasn’t been fun this week. My body has been dragging, I need new shoes, and I’m not enjoying the process. I haven’t had any motivation to cross train or strength train. These are signs of burnout.
I also haven’t been hungry all week and therefore haven’t been eating enough. Also, I’m incredibly stressed right now because of the sheer amount of work I have to do for IB and college apps, which I think is contributing to my lack of mental running strength.
This weekend and upcoming week, I will focus on putting lots of good, wholesome food into my body, getting lots of rest, not overdoing my long run, and getting summer assignment work done. I will try to make sure that I get all the essential micronutrients; my coach is having me keep a food log next week to make sure I am fueling myself properly.
Maybe I’ll even treat myself to a new pair of spandex to motivate me to enjoy running 😉
My coach gave me some really good advice when I told her I was in a funk: “See yourself how others see you.” My teammates look up to me and see me as a leader and someone to imitate in terms of work ethic, and I need to remember that I am pretty damn inspirational and good at being a leader. Also, think less and just run. Running is amazing if you don’t overthink.