Running Slump

June 4, 2015|Posted in: Mind, Personal, Running

So I think I’m in a running slump or funk or whatever you want to call it.

Lately when I go out for a run, it’s just not the same. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t have a race immediately in the future, I’m too tired, or I’m just not into it but it’s just off. And it’s starting to make me a little sad!

I feel a lot slower and running seems harder than it should some days. I haven’t had a really good “runner’s high” in a while.

After a frustrating 5.5 mile run on Sunday I have decided I need to do something about this! I love running and plan to run as long as I can. So there are a few things I’m going to do to get back to my old self and try to improve my running.

• Scale back. This might seem funny that I would want to scale back my running when I want to get better at it. But I think a little time off and some rest will help. I need to get a breather from it, and then resume my normal running once I feel refreshed. I am only going to do this for a couple weeks. I will run less days during the week and fewer miles for a little bit.
• Get some more sleep. Hahaha – I just have to laugh because I’m not quite sure how this is going to happen but I really think I need to make it a priority. I have been really tired ever since I had a baby (duh) but it’s time for me to take care of my body a little better. I’m going to get to bed earlier (even on weekends) and try to squeeze in naps when I can.
• Drink less alcohol. Hydrate more. I love having a glass of red wine at night but there’s nothing wrong with taking a break from the booze to see if it helps with the running. I’m going to continue to drink a lot more water as well.
• Strength train. This is a biggie! I have never slacked so much on this until now. I am going to focus on doing a lot of strength training while I am scaling back my running. I think the rest of my body needs some work to help improve my running. I plan to hit the weights and do a ton of squats, lunges, wall sits, push-ups, and crunches.
• Focus on an upcoming race! Brett and I BOTH got into the Chicago Marathon lottery! We couldn’t believe it. I was honestly really surprised! We are going to start our training in July so I’m going to start daydreaming about crossing the finish line and putting my mind into race mode. I think this will definitely get my legs going a little faster!

Hopefully this helps me out of my running slump! It better… the Chicago Marathon is just about 4 months away!

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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