It’s true. I’m off the wagon. Not the running wagon – but the training and eating right wagon. I’ve been running, but not training. I’ve been eating, but not eating well. Combined, this makes me feel like a slug. It also makes for boring blog posts, so I’ve been off the blog posting wagon, too. It’s time for a change.
I had the shocking realization this weekend that I haven’t done speedwork in more than a month. I haven’t been following my training plan. I’ve just been running, randomly. I’m getting in decent long runs – those are the one part of my training that I’ve been able to maintain. I’ve also been getting in lots of nice, conversation-paced runs, but I’m not really training. I’m just running.
Part of the problem is that my brain needs a break. I usually struggle with training when the runs are too precise, or require a lot of thinking. Running is my time to not think. I like to go out for a run and not think, not stress, and run until I’m tried enough to avoid thinking the rest of the night. I like to run first thing in the morning so that I can be calm and focused all day. I like to run to clear my head, and that sometimes interferes with training. Things like 600 repeats, progression runs, and tempo runs all require thinking. Lately, I just haven’t been in the mood to think. Things are crazy and super high pressure at work right now. The summer is over, the days are short, my schedule is a mess, and my general sense of unease has made my brain tired. I need running to be a time to not think. But, I’m over a month into my not-thinking phase and I’ve realized that it’s really impacting my running. I’m slower, for one thing. I’m not feeling as strong, and now my running is one of the many things I am stressing about. Combine this with my propensity for candy, particularly when I’m stressed, and it’s a recipe for sluggishness.
I need to get back on track. I know I can do it. This certainly isn’t the first and won’t be the last time I’m off the wagon. But, I could use your help. What’s the best, kick-in-the-pants advice you’ve gotten?