Yesterday I posted I was not on track with running. The truth was I was not in the right mindset either. I was being down on myself and my training. Having 60 mile weeks, 4 months out from a marathon is great. I’m not starting from scratch and realistically I do not need a 20 week marathon training plan.
After reading the postagain, I mentally refocused and am ready to get back on track. It’s always hard not to compare yourself to other athletes. It’s hard not to compare yourself to yourself. After running 5 days a week (versus 6 days) of course my body would be tired adding another day.
Being sick the last week forced me to go back to 5 days a week. My legs felt great, unfortantely nothing else did so it was back to five again. It’s always humbling when you have to take off due to an outside factor that isn’t related to running.
It was frustrating to say the least.
Now I’ve mentally refocused and I’m ready to get back on track. I wrote a post ions ago of how to get back on track after an injury. Granted I haven’t had a physical injury in the last month I’ve suffered from a mental injury. I’ve been my own worst critic and not accepted that my training is going well, despite not being linear. I am still keeping my fitness.
We talk about how to come back physically all the time. Google “coming back from an injury” and I can guarentee you’ll find 100 different posts. Google, getting out of a mental rut…and it’s a few less.
How I’ve overcome my mental rut the last month:
- I’ve focused on the postive and good. No I haven’t been able to maintain the mileage I want. Yes, I’m running injury free.
- No I’ve already been thrown some lemons in training. Yes, I’ve caught them and made lemonade out of the situation.
- No I’ve had to skip a few runs lately. Yes, I’ve enjoyed EVERY single run I’ve been able to get out for.
Right now I’ve become at peace with running. Each run I’ve gone out for I have enjoyed. I think that is a huge componenet of training. If you do not enjoy the runs you are able to go out for, are you enjoing running? (No). Despite being unmotivated the last few weeks, I’m glad to be back on a better mindset.
Questions for you:
How do you get out of a mental training rut?
What is something positive about your Monday?