For the past few weeks, I have NOT wanted to run. This is a new feeling for me. I have had highs and lows during a training cycle, but never a period of time where I dreaded running. Even my short easy runs I had to talk myself through one mile at a time. I was ready to throw in the towel on the marathon but then I remembered that I am not a quitter. I needed to just power through until a hit my stride again. I needed a couple strong runs to begin to get me back on track, especially a solid long run. Yesterday I went out and did my 18 miler on a dreary wet day and nailed it! I hit my goal paces and finished with a 9:10 average! I was able to push through a huge mental block and I am so excited for the next six weeks.
Here are my 3 tips to break out of a running funk.
- Surround yourself with a support system. I know I have talked about it several times before, but having a running coach is the best decision I have made for my running. I need that person to help guide me when I feel lost and to encourage me when I feel down. She believes in me when I don’t believe in myself (Thanks RacePace Jess). Find a coach that matches your personality and training style and you’ll never look back.
- Lose the training route. I love living in Long Beach and I have covered more than 1000 miles while living here. For a city that is no longer than 4 miles long on an island that is probably about 10 miles long, that is a lot of back and forth. Yesterday I scrapped my usual route and just ran. I had no idea where I was going, I just made random turns and round up exploring places I had never seen before.
- Download a new playlist. I have my usual list but I went with a completely new playlist with a lot of remixes. Every song was a surprise and made it fun!
Here’s to the last 6 weeks before the NYC marathon!