I didn’t train last week. In fact, the only workout I did was go to the gym once and use the elliptical. Truth be told, after the April Fools half marathon last weekend, I was (and still am) burnt out. I had no interest in running last week and didn’t. Heck, I might not even run this week.
The Broad Street 10 Miler is next Sunday, and it might be my next run back. If I run (which for me is only 50/50 now), my only goal is to finish and enjoy myself doing so. Having fun won’t be too difficult since both my parents and my inlaws are coming to visit.
So with that, this training post is one of the most boring I’ve ever written!
Last year around this time, I wrote a post about taking rest and burnout. That is relevant to me today and still where I am at.
As I mentioned last year, The idea of rest isn’t new, unusual, or life changing. It’s important for every single runner, new or old, elite or not, to take rest.
I’m on week 2 of resting now (the end to be determined). My ultimate goal is to start a new training cycle both physically and mentally happy. I want to wake up excited to run again, not say “ugh I have to run”.
Here is a list of things I told myself I might accomplish during my rest week:
- Spring Cleaning
- Sort old Race Tshirts and mail them to Project Repat for a Quilt
- Find a few new gym classes to consider
Here are Things I Actually Did:
- I actually cleaned my kitchen (that was last Monday, and it needs to be cleaned again now)
- Drank a lot of coffee and relaxed on the internet
- Went to the gym once and live tweeted a man chugging an energy drink before his workout
So that is where I’m at this week! PS: Happy May 1st!
Questions for you:
Do you ever take rest weeks?
When was the last time you felt burnt out?