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Staving Off the Burn-out

Thursday, October 24, 2013

My pace has been picking up, but I may have over-did it. That and moving my runs around too much to match my sleep schedule. I wasn't getting enough sleep and was letting myself sleep in on Tuesdays and sometimes on Wednesday when I am supposed to run. I ended up running a Thurs, Fri, Sun and then then next week with a Wed, Thurs, Fri, with 4 hours of hard manual labor on Sat, then a long run on Sunday.

I barely finished my Sunday run. Was to be my first 11 miles and I was ready to walk home after 3, but managed to push myself through 9.25. Decided it wasn't worth it to torture myself with 11 and 9.25 was plenty.

This week I decided I needed to rest. I slept in on Tues and Wed. My son has been sick, so it felt like staying home instead of running early in the morning was the right thing to do, anyway. I did do a 3 mile walk while pushing him in his stroller on Tuesday morning instead of my 5 mile run, so I haven't been completely inactive. I plan to run again, but easy, on Friday. Then doing my scheduled 11 miles on Sunday, or possibly cutting it short to 8 or 9, again. We'll see how I feel. The colder weather hasn't helped, either. Has made it mentally even harder to get up early to run.

I don't want to burn myself out before my race on Nov 17. I want to feel fresh and fast. I don't want dead legs and a bad attitude.

So, I think this week of rest will help. And then, after next week, I start my taper. I'm already near the end of my training schedule for this half, so it's not like I will de-train by taking a couple days off at this stage of the game.

I've had a lot more to say, but never have enough time to write blogs. And the way my head works, if I get a moment of inspiration and passion but don't write it down and the feeling passes, then it's out of my head and it's gone.

Anyway, thanks for reading.
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