Burnt Out

I think I might be getting training burnt out… but how do I know?  I’ve never trained long or hard enough where my body started to yell at me before my mind.

Monday’s run left me feeling energized and ready to tackle the running week, but by the time I got to bed and woke up Tuesday morning I realized how sore my body was.  My feet ached from the pounding, yet I still wore heels to work and my back was full of dull pains.  I attributed it to the burpees and core work I did Sunday, but now I’m not so sure.  James and I still went to the track Tuesday night, but it was a terrible cardio day for both of us.

My legs felt like bricks during the mile and a half warm-up.  I struggled to maintain anything quicker than 10:00 miles.  When we got to the track, I made sure to carefully stretch instead of blowing through it like usual.  I decided to attempt 2 miles where I sprinted the straightaways and jogged the corners.  Instead, I did two sets of 1200m in this fashion — one clockwise, one counterclockwise and sprinting corners instead.  I just felt sluggish the entire time, despite my 200s being 42-45 seconds each, which I don’t find to be too terrible (I couldn’t sprint 100m faster than 18 seconds in high school).  After the workout, I did lunges and a brief stint of high knees, butt kicks, and scissor kicks.  Running home was just as terrible as the run to the track.

Humph.  That’s a defeated feeling.

Today I was going to bike or take a spinning class, but I once again woke up completely sore and especially unfocused at work.  I was exhausted.  In reality, I don’t think my body has felt this battered and sore since I had mono in college.  Upon complaining, I was told that today should be my rest day (thanks, dear).  Unhappily, I listened.

I didn’t really feel like I should need a rest day yet, but I guess when I think about it… maybe it was needed.  Saturday had 13 miles with more than half being at tempo.  Sunday was just a quick core workout, but I haven’t concentrated on core much on its own lately.  Monday was 7 miles with 3 averaging 10K pace.  I suppose a rest day was necessary… I can tell you the nap felt amazing!

Hopefully I’m not on the way to being burnt out and tomorrow will be better.  It’ll be a quickie because I’ll only have about 45 minutes to run, but maybe that’s just enough to get right back into the swing of things.  Three weeks.


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Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

2 thoughts on “Burnt Out”

  1. It sounds like you just need a couple of days off mentally. I’ve had a few of these lulls (like now) and personally I take a couple of days off or cross train and then I’m back to loving running again. I’d honestly cross train today and tomorrow as well and see how you feel this weekend. You won’t lose any fitness and you might be more mentally ready to come back. 🙂


    1. I just can’t believe after taking two days in a row off last week, I’m feeling like this now. I completely rested yesterday but my feet are still sore so maybe cross training is the way to go! I think I’ll take the advice!


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