I am totally conflicted and I’m not too sure how to proceed. I guess if it was an injury, it would’ve been a no brainer, but that it not the case. I am considering taking a break from running (tears).
I’m sure you guys have seen it and my recent blog posts about how tired and sluggish I’ve been feeling lately, and it’s been consuming me. I was hoping to get most of my energy back by now. Wishful thinking, right…. It is literally taking everything I have in me nowadays to get me out the door running. I am feeling pretty burnt out and it really hurts my heart but I feel like I probably have to take a week or so from running and exercising in general so I can get back to my regular self.
Although I’ve missed my strength training sessions this past week, I’ve been able to run my regular schedule. But it has not been easy. I hate the fact that it takes me about one to two hours from the time that I wake up for me to finally convince myself to go out the door and go for a run. The feeling I get post run is amazing, but getting me there is a pain. I am a strong advocate of listening to your body, now I think it might be time I take my own advice and listen to my own body and just take a quick break to reset, and get back to what I love doing: running.
My concern with taking a break from running is the fear that all the progress I’ve made these past few weeks will be out the window. God knows a lot has happened. I ran from not being able to run 1 mile to pushing past my pain threshold and run like I never was able to before (all in less than a month). All of this is so fresh. I’m afraid I might lose it, and might have to start over.
I know my sleeping habits might have a lot to do with the way that I’m feeling right now. So tonight I will try my very best to sleep a lot earlier than midnight like I usually do, and see if that makes a difference. Tomorrow I have a 30 minutes run scheduled that I’m still hoping to do. I hope that I can wake up and put this whole sluggishness behind me. I guess I just have to take it one day at a time at this point. I really don’t want to stop running unless I have to (who would’ve thought I’d be saying that one day).
In better news, although it took me almost forever to go run this morning, I managed to keep up and ran my butt off. I ran 28 out the 30 minutes I had planned (feeling proud), but this late run was a bit painful. Note to self: afternoon is a terrible time to go run in south florida. The sun is waaaaaaaay too hot, the temperature is waaaay too high, which affects your breathing, therefore makes you work waaaaaaaay harder than necessary…. Again for me it all boils down to being to get my butt out the door early enough.
Questions for you my readers: Have you ever experienced fatigue to the point of scaling back on your training? Do you guys have any advice at all? Don’t forget to share below.
Anyways guys, I’m done whining about my running problems for tonight and I am heading to sleep early like I told myself I would. In the meantime, Stay Healthy and Keep Running!