Sunday, March 28, 2010

Running Block

It began with Tuesdays Interval run.  I was going to do a ladder workout on the treadmill (400m, 800m, 1200m, 1600m, 1200m, 800m, 400m) but I was barely half way through the workout and I felt dead.  I didn't want to be running, I didn't want to do that workout.  I ended up only running 400m, 800m, 1200m, 800m, 400m.

Wednesday came and went and I didn't run but I was determined to get up and run Thursday morning.  I made it out for a run but felt miserable for every step.  I took off Friday thinking that would help but Saturday came and I made every excuse not to get out and run.

So today I dragged Brian off to the canal path with me to run.  I felt great running with him and I was happy even though it was a little bit cold and windy.  I decided that the 2 miles with Brian wasn't enough so I took off to run home while Brian drove home.  I had made it about 0.75 miles when he passed me and I flagged him down to pick me up. 

And that is where I am now.  Its supposed to be warmer out this week so maybe that will help. I am not sure what is going on.  I have a running block.

16 comments:

Amy said...

I had the same kind of week - My Wednesday intervals felt great, I'd planned to take Thursday off, and then Friday I went out for a run, literally made it part way around the block and just walked home. Yesterday I had all sorts of excuses not to try again, but today the sun is out and there are blue skies and I'm hoping to get back on track! Sometimes, I think all it takes is a little sunshine!

Molly said...

It happens. This is a hard time of year to stay motivated, one minute it's nice, the next it's cold and grey. You probably just need a couple of days to do something different, either rest or maybe do yoga or something. Hope the block goes away soon....

Aneta said...

sometimes it happens. you can either try running through it or take a few days off. or even try something else. maybe elliptical or bike or some yoga. u will get through it!!! no worries!

akjenniekt said...

I have definitely had those weeks. I chalked it up to being a running newbie but maybe some weeks are just "those" kind of weeks. I did notice that after a "bad" week the next week actually started off pretty good. Hope Monday is better for you!

marathonmaiden said...

hope this upcoming week is good for you! i've had rough weeks like that before too and, like everything in life, it's cyclical and youll be back full force soon :) plus it makes you appreciate the good weeks :)

Rio said...

I think that happens to everyone at one point or another. Maybe it's to help us appreciate the good days more. Just be patient. The runner's block will resolve on its own. Hang in there!

ajh said...

I think real spring weather will help all of us when it gets here.

Jamie said...

Running blocks definitely happen for me! Hopefully the spring weather will help is pass quickly :)

Marlene said...

Aw, that doesn't sound good! At least you've been making the effort to get out there. Hopefully you'll be back to your usual run-loving self this week!

Jon Gilchrist said...

you'll get it back..no worries...

kilax said...

I totally have weeks like this too. A lot lately, actually. My husband has started running with me again, so that makes me get out there, but I don't always want to.

Hope this week is better!

Glenn Jones said...

Sounds like it may be time to plan a race or something to provide an end goal to work toward? It just sounds like running is becoming drudgery for you. When this happens to me, I know I need to do one of two things - (1) take a week or two off, or (2) find a race a few weeks out.

Good luck!

Lacey Nicole said...

i agree with planning on a race!!!

and i know for a fact you blasted your running block out of the way this morning, thanks dailymile :) here's to a good week!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have been in your shoes. I have had phases where I've gone through running blocks. But I kept lacing up the shoes and putting some miles. Eventually the runners block will go away!

trialsoftraining said...

We've all been there!! It will pass, and in the meantime, just find something you Enjoy to occupy your time and keep you busy :) workout DVDs are a fun substitute, or a new class at the gym or something...

or maybe just a few days off and you'll be back into it!

The Laminator said...

Yeap. It definitely happens, especially if you're just running for fun and not really training for anything. I agree that you should sign up for a 5k/10k and have that as a running goal to give you that little added motivation. Good luck in overcoming your running block! The love will come back soon, I'm sure!