Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Running Funk, Confirmed.

For the past few weeks I have really not been feeling training. Like at all. I don't mind running the miles, but I just don't have any interest in paced miles or anything like that. I'm not focused, and I don't see anything wrong with it.



After two absolutely awful weeks of training, I was finally able to admit it. Yes friends, I am in a running funk. It's true. I understand that it happens to most people at some point and I'm really upset mine happened now. I like summer running. I hate being cold. Why would my funk hit now?



The nice thing about social media is that you will never feel like you are alone. I posted something on Instagram a few days ago when I started to realize it was the funk and I was SHOCKED by how many people were dealing with it too. 



Normally by this point in the summer we have had a few "cooler less humid" days that we can see the progress we have made suffering through summer. Well that hasn't happened this year. So many people I have talked to are so close to throwing in the towel on their training cycles. It's been hard people. You are not alone. 



During the Ben Moore Memorial Half Marathon, I had a nice chat with running (I'm pretty sure this was all in my head). Running and I talked about what we were doing and where we were going. Pretty much mapping out a long term relationship agreement. This is what we came up with. 

1. Adjusting the training plan - Running and I decided that we would still run the miles on my training plan but not all the paced miles right now. I'll do my one speed workout a week but that's it. I'm still too afraid of getting hurt, plus all of these insane paced mile workouts are not helping my funk. If I don't hit the paces I get upset and that's not what I'm trying to accomplish here. 

2. No 2017 marathon - Like at all. I can't mentally do it. I'm not ready. I thought I would be, but there is no way. I cannot give marathon training the attention it deserves next year. Maybe ever again. That's a lie, it will be at least once again - but that's probably it. 

3. Bring back the fun - During that half marathon I was smiling, waving, giving out high fives EVERYTHING! Volunteers were complimenting me on how much fun I looked like I was having. I mean, I was pretty miserable but if I could look like I'm having fun while I was dying I should probably start having fun. This starts with my next race in Virginia Beach. I'm 90% sure I'll do the intervals for the race. I hope to take in all the sights, drink all the drinks and enjoy myself! That's all I really want. 

Running funk, you have been put on notice. I am ready to work with you and find a healthy balance. If you hang around for a little longer, I understand. Please know that you will leave and I will make sure you don't return for a very long time. 

Be honest, are you in a running funk? How are you dealing? 

6 comments:

  1. The weather this summer has been brutal. I've come SO close to throwing in the towel during my long runs the past few weeks. I hate summer running and it's definitely affecting my training, but I am just slowing down my pace and trying not to worry so much about my times.

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    1. That's exactly what I've done. It's so hard to think back to last year and how good I was doing. It's just such a struggle this year.

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  2. I am amazed and stunned at how many of us are feeling this way right now! Part of me thinks it's the weather--it's been brutal this summer. I've had some life stuff that is draining me too. And this political crap is tough to listen to as well.

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    1. Oh the political babble. That's draining too. Hopefully things pick back up for you!

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  3. UGH! I am so in this exact same way, girl. Funk, funk, funk! Let's hope we all start getting some better vibes soon :-)

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    1. Sending you tons of good vibes friend. Hope the funk leaves soon!

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