Burnout. It happens. I think it happened to me in April. I had trained for months and run several races. I wasn’t really ENJOYING running as much as getting through each run. Getting through each race. And one thing I’m pretty good at is listening to my body. I’m OK with taking a pause or changing things up when I get feedback from my body that I need to do so. So for May and June, I set no goals. I didn’t ‘train’. I ran when I felt like it/could and only as far as I wanted to.
Three things happened. First, I got the downtime I needed. Second, I actually ENJOYED my runs more because I really only did them when I wanted to, and for as far as I wanted to. Interestingly, some weeks I ran way more than I had been (~30 miles) and some weeks I ran zero miles. And third, I realized that I’m ready to set some goals and sign up for some races again. It happened faster than I expected. I was prepared to take 6 months or so to ‘run for fun’ but I guess the competitor in me is getting restless.
Listen to your body. Give yourself a break when you need to. Then get your butt back to work and SET SOME GOALS. Sign up for races. Start a training plan. Without a goal, maybe you’ll run and maybe you won’t… and that’s only fun for a little while.
What are your running goals? What races are you signed up for?