The Funk and Growing Pains

On my long run this weekend, I did something I normally don't do: I listened to podcasts. More specifically I listened to marathon training podcasts. I loaded up a few that sounded interesting to me, and I really enjoyed listening to them. It was a nice change of pace from my normal music playlist.

One of the podcasts I listened to is from The Marathon Training Podcast, and this particular episodes was on "Getting Over the Funk, Avoiding Burnout, And Staying on Track with Your Marathon Training." Now, at the time (a whole 4 days ago), I was like"The funk? Burnout? What are these things?! I feel fantastic!" And I did. Until, very suddenly, I didn't. 

I already mentioned that my watch stopped working correctly, and looking back I think that was my first step down the path to the funk. Ever since I got back from my 18-miler (which went way better than I ever expected, for the record), everything has just felt wrong. My legs have started hurting, particularly my shins which either take turns or bother me simultaneously. More than anything, I am TIRED. All the time. I don't skip my workouts, but I generally feel terrible during them. 

I think I can figure out several reasons why this is happening. For one, last week was a busy week with the Thanksgiving holiday and requisite travel. I was surprised I was able to complete my 18-miler with a fair amount of ease, but I think things have been catching up to me ever since then. I don't think I properly recovered from that run, and then I ran the next day as well, which I normally wouldn't do but that's how my schedule worked out this week. I haven't been getting enough sleep, not for any particular reason, I just...haven't. And if that weren't enough, I have finals this week and next week, adding to my stress levels. All of this has really shaken my confidence. I feel like I am kidding myself for even thinking that I could ever run a marathon.

I hate feeling this way. It is so unlike me. I just don't feel right, I don't feel like myself. This is not the runner I want to be, this is not the person I want to be. Right now, all I want to do is lie in my bed and cry until I fall asleep, and sleep until I feel better. 

I've been through enough training cycles now to know that there are always growing pains. I know that this week is one of them. Thankfully, it's a stepback week in mileage, and this weekend I am running 3 miles before the Surf n Santa 10-miler. Races always put me in a good mood and I am hoping that it will help dig me out of this hole. I know I need to take full advantage of rest time this weekend. My husband frequently refers to me as "Busy Bee", and maybe I need to just slow down for a bit. 

Ever get into a training rut? How do you get yourself out of it?

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