Good morning!!! I loved your comments on yesterday’s post from Andrew… he is the best, that is for sure.
Let’s start with the beginning of the morning, Brooke was the first one up for the morning and I was happy she came straight to our bed.
My current pre-run fuel right now. I also had some eggs before my run but watermelon is just so refreshing and definitely in my top 2 favorite things about summer.
Does anyone else do this… whenever I see one of those speed signs (the ones that show you your speed when you are driving by) while I am running I always try to speed up and run by it as fast as I possibly can to see how many MPH I can go. The things I do to keep myself entertained.
Self-timered photos = another way I am entertained. My hip still isn’t feeling back to normal but I’m getting it scraped later this week so I sure hope that helps. I’ve got a half marathon in June I NEED TO BE DOING.
Came back home and switched places with Andrew (Knox left earlier in the morning with his mom) and he took Beretta out for a run.
Later on in the day Brooke was invited over to a friend’s house for a few hours. Andrew had a break from school so we went out to lunch. I can’t believe I have forgotten about this place until yesterday… Art City Trolley is A MUST if you ever come to Utah. Just expect to see this become part of our usual rotation now that I remembered about it.
When we sat down the guy at the table next to me had a milkshake. From the point of noticing the milkshake on, I couldn’t not get one. Oreo milkshake (the only time oreos are great in my opinion) for the win.
They also have the most amazing salads there. I had the Oriental Chicken salad and licked the bowl clean. Salads and milkshakes… balance right?
PS in case you are in a salad rut, here are a list of my favorite salads to make at home.
Later on Brooke had her teasing face on with Andrew (she LOVES teasing him, wrestling, joking, scaring etc with Andrew).
We had dinner at home (Brooke requested mac and cheese with clementines and cucumbers on the side so we went with that) and then took Beretta on the walk. Summer months = I am a million times more active than winter months (outside of running).
We finished off the night with some journal writing before Brooke went to bed and then Andrew and I attempted to watch the Jazz game (they got killed). PS I LOVE this Living Well journal… I’ve had it for a few years. On each page you have separate spots for that day every year for five years. So you go through one year and write something each day and then start at the beginning of the book again… it’s fun to see how much life changes over the years because you see what was going on that day for each year before.
One of the questions that I get the most often is about running ruts! I guess that means if I get that question often, then it most DEFINITELY happens to most runners. I think it means that it is kind of part of running unless we make sure to really schedule breaks from running into our training each year. Who knows what exactly causes these different running ruts/burnout/lack of motivation/exhaustion… but for me in the past there are three things that usually contribute to these running ruts.
1. Life stress. Emotional, family, financial, work, relationships, kids… you name it, when life gets really stressful (smaller/medium amounts of stress = running is the best stress reliever but HUGE amounts of stress usually lead me to this problem).
2. Overtraining. Doing too much not just with my running but the rest of life. Running too many miles with not enough sleep or proper nutrition. When I am doing just too much in life and not taking great care of myself, I feel like I am in a life rut and not just a running rut.
3. Post-Race. I ALWAYS (repeat ALWAYS) feel this running rut/burnout thing after a marathon. Every single time. This is why I take off a week or two from running after a marathon and then it takes me another month or two to get back into speed work. A lot of people can jump right back into heavy training a few weeks after a marathon but my brain just needs some time away after such a huge event. This also happens usually about 8 weeks into training for a marathon too but at that point I know it is normal and part of marathon training for ME so I try to rest more, eat better and re-focus on my goals again.
Some warning signs for when you know you need to make a change in your training—> you are experiencing constant fatigue, a change in your sleep patters, you are sick more often than normal, moody, loss of menstruation, change in your weight, lots of worrying, forgetfulness and anything else that is off to you and your normal self.
What can you do when you get into these running ruts?
My biggest piece of advice—> take some time off. A lot of times I think running ruts are caused by over-training and your body just wanting a break. Whether that means two days or two weeks, running will always be there for you when you are ready for it. Don’t keep forcing yourself to do something when your mind/body are burned out. It’s amazing what an extra day or two off will do for me when I am feeling a lack of motivation etc. Two years ago after a marathon I took a full month off. I didn’t exercise at all for two weeks and then I just did some strength training and the stair climber. I came back to running feeling like myself again and excited for new challenges and goals.
To go along with taking some time off, comes the question BUT HOW DO I NOT GAIN WEIGHT if I take some time off because I’m burned out!?
Well, to be honest… you probably will. I always do at least. I’m not going to go crazy and restrict during a break but I usually am a tad bit more careful with my eating (mainly just not eating dessert as often) during a break but no matter what… my pants always feel tighter during a break from running. I think it all boils down to being okay with gaining a few lbs. What’s the worst that’s going to happen with a few pounds that comes along with taking a break when your body/mind needs it. As soon as I’m running/exercising again my body drops those few extra pounds and gets back to my set point (where my body is when I am sleeping well, exercising well and eating well). No one will notice but you with a few pounds and really it happens to all of us so don’t worry about that. Keep your focus on the fact that you are taking care of your body and getting it back in the position of training well again).
If time off is not the solution for you, there are some ways to switch things up a bit to help you out of this rut!
*Try new spots! I actually drive to different running locations a few times a week. This really makes a huge difference in my running… changing up my scenery makes a big difference for me! The trails usually get me out of a rut:)
*Change your workouts up! Speed, easy, long, short, fartleks… change things up. If you run the same distance most days of the week, try changing them. Try adding in cross-training too… mid-week maybe go to a spin class or go pool running instead of a Wednesday run and your run the next day will be more exciting again.
*Ditch the technology for a bit. Every now and then I just need a week of no Garmin and just some good ‘ol running and that does the trick for me.
*Ask for help! Start working with a coach (they will really get a new routine going for you!!!), join a training group or find a buddy. Running with people is my way out of a running rut.
*Revisit your running goals… maybe it’s time to change a few of them? Are you training/running YOUR race distance. For me at this very moment, I just really want some awesome half-marathons… so if I was training for races other than that I don’t think I’d last too long without being in a rut. Train and work towards what you LOVE, not what everyone else seems to be doing. Your goals will feel more personal and you’ll want them even more!
According to Coach Sheila Avsec: “Run only with fun people, at a pace of your choosing, in locations that make you happy, until the funk is gone.”
What about you? Experienced a running rut? What do you think caused it and how’d you get out of it?
What has been your pre-run fuel lately?
What would you say is your body’s favorite race distance lately?
Favorite milkshake flavor?