I just got back from the gym and I have to be honest, I am really struggling. I wouldn’t say I’m discouraged really, but just confused more than anything. I know I haven’t trained at all like I did this time last year, but I just don’t understand why I can’t run more than a mile without feeling like I’m going to die?!
I had originally thought I could train and perhaps run the mini-marathon again this year; which I ran for the first time last April. But it’s nearly the end of February and I’m already so behind in my training. January really got away from me and our huge snow/ice storm didn’t help. I guess in a way, I just haven’t been feeling it yet this year.
At the gym – I warmed up for 5 minutes walking, then I ran a mile, walked another 0.25 mile, then ran for 10 minutes, then cooled down for 5. Here are my stats:
Time: 35 minutes
Distance: 2.65 miles
Calories burned (approximate): 302
I’m definitely not disappointed with that as a workout! It always feels good to move and sweat, even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day. And just the fact that I can walk, I can exercise, and I even can run, a little bit…for all of those things I am very thankful.
I’m just not feeling much like a runner anymore and part of me is saddened by that. I know if I want to keep it up, I need to devote more time to it and not make so many excuses to avoid it (weather!) and do other things. But perhaps it’s just not meant to be, this year anyway? I don’t know; I’m rather confused!
Fellow Runners: Any advice? Did you ever train for a big race and then get burned out, take a break and got “out of shape” afterwards? What did you do to get back into it? What motivated you?