Over the past couple of days, I've realized that I am feeling very burnt out on running. It was especially apparent after the half-marathon, when all of my friends (except Jess) are done training now, and I still have a long way to go until the marathon.
I'm only running four days a week, so I know I'm not over-training. I am just at the point where I completely dread going for a run. I've always dreaded running, but nothing like this. Jessica sent me a text yesterday that said, "I just want to tell you that I don't want to run tomorrow. I'm still going to, but I don't want to." Hahaha, that was exactly how I was feeling about it too.
Our medium length run is now 8 miles. So we made plans to meet today for that. I'm glad we did, otherwise I would probably have procrastinated all day. We agreed to go slow and easy, since neither of us wanted to run today. A "lazy run", if that isn't an oxymoron ;)
We had a very uneventful 8-mile out-and-back run. At mile 5, I ate my Gu and sipped some Powerade. I felt fine with it, so I think I'll bring it along on our 16-miler on Monday. Right now, I don't even want to think about 16 miles. I have another 4-mile run this week, which I'll probably do on Friday, and then take Saturday and Sunday as rest days, like usual. I really feel like I need them, both mentally and physically.
When I got home, I made a breakfast that I've been having a lot lately. Last week at Kroger, I noticed that they had a bunch of boxes of my favorite cereal on 'manager's special', because they are going to expire in a couple of months. Logically, I knew that buying some and bringing it home was asking for trouble... but I did what any normal person would do and I bought 5 boxes. (What can I say, they were only $1.49!)
what I did last time I had this cereal in the house, so I tried using it as an ingredient rather than the main course for my breakfast.
I peeled and chopped an apple, and sprinkled it with cinnamon, then threw it in the microwave for 2 minutes to get it soft. Then I sprinkled on 1/3 cup of the granola, and drizzled with a tablespoon of almond butter. The whole combination was REALLY good. The texture was perfect too.
You know I'm always talking about Hal Higdon's training programs, but I just got his book Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide from the library and I LOVE it so far! The first couple of chapters would probably get anyone excited about doing a marathon. I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the book, but I've gotten a lot of helpful tips so far. It's geared more toward a full marathon, but people training to do a half-marathon would benefit from it as well.
I just read a part last night about feeling burnt out about running, and if you feel that way, it's probably from training too hard. Which makes sense, because I just did a half-marathon race that I wasn't "supposed" to do (it wasn't in my training schedule). I'm going to make sure I take my easy runs very easy, and my long runs even easier. I need to get out of the race-mindset.
My Ragnar team is trying to come up with a team name... something clever that incorporates the fact that we've lost a lot of weight. Any ideas? (By the way, we have not chosen our 12th team member yet--we're working on it though. I will introduce the person when we do.)
Oh, by the way, I posted a bunch of blogs on the "Blog List" page... so if you're looking for something to read, take a look! A lot of those blogs were new to me, and I'm super excited to check them out as well.