I really wanted to talk about Jill’s comment from yesterday. PS HUGE congrats on your half marathon Jill!
I have been working out for so many years now that getting up to work out is no longer a decision for me, it is just part of my routine… I don’t think about whether or not I should get up and run when my alarm clock goes off because I have been doing it for so many years now that it is just how I start my day.
There is one MAJOR exception to my morning routine of working out——> AFTER A RACE!!! I feel little to no desire to run for at least a week or two after a race and if I do get up and run right after a race it is just because I have another race coming up to keep training for.
I think this is 100% normal. Jill, you are not alone!!!
I don’t think we realize how draining running is on our bodies. Even if the race doesn’t feel like it took much out of us physically, I am sure it does mentally and think about all of those months of training… I am sure our bodies must be exhausted after all of that.
(I was just a little tired after my first marathon and had to sit down at the finish line)
We aren’t super heroes. I think running is really good for us but at the same time I know from experience (ummm every time I train for a marathon) that out bodies can only handle SO much work. We have to be easy on ourselves and let it repair properly so that we will have that desire to race again! It is hard as women to be easy on ourselves and not expect 100% all of the time but in this circumstance we really need to give ourselves a break.
PS another good reason to keep some sort of training log/journal—> you can look back over your months of training and see exactly why your body is so tired after a race!
The best things to do when you are unmotivated to exercise after a race/hard training cycle:
1. Don’t exercise (or just stick to the really easy stuff). Allow yourself to sleep in, to rest and rejuvenate. It may take 3 days and it may take 2 weeks or longer but I think it is so important to take a break after a training cycle to get your body and mind back on track to run again. And don’t stress if you are worried because you think you will never want to run again if you take a break for a while… you will and you will feel so much better running again after taking that break. That desire will come back.
2. Maybe you don’t really need a physical break but mentally you do—> still exercise but do something other than running. There are at least 50 different forms of exercise to try out and I am sure you will enjoy at least one of them.
3. Focus on your nutrition. During this injury I have been really studying nutrition again and how much it affects my body and my mood. It is incredible. I think that eating more whole foods and cutting back on the quick sugars (that make us exhausted in the first place) can really help us to bounce back to wanting to run again.
4. Do whatever it takes to speed up your recovery so that mentally and physically you are back to yourself and wanting to exercise again. Think compression socks, getting a sports massage, sleeping more, taking a ‘mental health’ day or sign up for another race/set new goals (for some mental motivation).
And a few scenes from my Wednesday night!
Someone found my secret stash of chocolate chips. Guilty face + a side pony = ultimate cuteness.
Of course. I remembered to take a blurry picture half way through my salad.
Brooke proves again that she is my daughter… she just ate the frosting off of her cupcake and she didn’t even want the cake part. Our brains are the same.
Beautiful night watching softball games with my favorite mountains in the back.
Is exercise a decision that you have to make every morning or has it become a part of your day that you just do because it is what you do?
What is your main motivation right now to work out?
-To try to keep my fitness up so that I can bounce back to running after this injury!
Are you a frosting person (some people aren’t.. I know, right?!) Or do you prefer the cake part?