The answer might depend a bit on the nature of your slump. If you're just feeling physically burned out, a week or ten days off from running (with a bit of light exercise of another type thrown in) might actually help you perform better. My sister, an experienced marathoner and triathlete, has a "cutback" week about every 5-6 weeks, where she does easy, fun exercise (e.g., a fun bike ride into town, going for hike instead of a run, going ice skating in winter etc) instead of training. She says she always comes roaring back the next week feeling stronger and faster (and more motivated).
If it's more of a mental thing, then a break from running still might be a good idea - you can do other cardio activities to maintain your fitness for a week or two or even three. Some other ideas to get you back in the mood:
- Volunteer to work at a race
- Find a "Girls on the Run" or similar volunteer activity focusing on running in your community, and get involved
- Not my thing, but I've heard that the Zombie running app is a lot of fun
- Read a motivational book about running (could be about someone's experience in running, could be a training book, etc) or find some good running blogs
- If your budget permits it, invest in a running coach or something similar. Try Chi Running or something similar that focuses on running technique. If you're not currently enjoying logging lots of miles, maybe now is the time to do a few "quality" miles focusing on technique.
- Bribe yourself with toys and clothes: buy yourself clothes or new gear after you log a certain number of miles (or run a certain number of days)
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