When you run marathons too close together….you get burned out.
Well this may not be the case for everyone, but this is surely what I have experienced and I am in the midst of right now.
RECAP OF THE LAST FEW WEEKS
I haven’t written about marathon training too much. And honestly, there hasn’t been too much happening over here.
I’ve been sick (twice) and basically took a week straight off due to sinus infections and general fatigue.
I’ve just generally lacked motivation for running. I think part of it was the holidays and winter weather (who decides to run a marathon in January? Such a weird time of year to be training), and not wanting to spend hours outside in the cold, or spend long runs on the treadmill, either.
Lastly, I’ve also had a hip thing that’s been bothering me so I’ve been doing some cross training to try to maintain my fitness.
I realize as I type these out that it sounds like I’m making a lot of excuses.
In one respect, I’ve completely taken all of the pressure off of myself for the Disney marathon because I literally have no expectations of finishing. I’m thinking it will be a walk/run combination if I do finish.
But, on the other hand, I feel very nervous because I am so under-trained and I don’t know if I can even manage the race.
I’ve gotten out for several “small” runs ranging from 3-5 miles, but the speedwork has been nonexistent and the long runs haven’t really happened.
FITNESS SINCE THE DETROIT MARATHON
In the last two months, the furthest I’ve run was 12-13 miles and that was about a month ago. It didn’t feel great, but it wasn’t the worst thing.
I actually even tried to switch to the half marathon at Disney because I feel pretty confident I could run that based on minimal training I’ve done.
But, they don’t allow switching.
I either have to decide:
- Do I just run the race, or at least start it? I likely won’t finish, unless there’s lots of walking involved and it just seems like it would take forever. None of my marathons have been over 4 hours, so I’d have to put my pride aside
- Do I just sit it out completely and earn a DNS?
At this point, I’m leaning towards just starting it and doing what I can and enjoying the experience. I’ve received many comments on how fun the race and experience is itself, and I am really excited to see the characters.
But, is it worth starting and dropping out, or just not doing it completely?
I’ve never been in this predicament before, where I’m going into a race thinking I can’t finish.
At least with Detroit, I felt more prepared – I got up to 18-20 miles and had consistent long runs. I stayed pretty healthy, considering.
IS IT BURNOUT?
While the motivation surely points to burnout, my performance and speed hasn’t really been affected. I do have some hip pain right now but I think it’s more an alignment issue from constantly holding Camryn (she is in a clingy phase right now).
I don’t feel irritable before and after workouts and I am finding some positives about my workouts. For example, yesterday I ran 7 miles and enjoyed a podcast, the sunshine, and felt really good overall, which was encouraging.
I think overall, I’m just not feeling it like I was in the fall, which is a sign of burnout. I think I’m burned out from the long distance stuff right now.
Seriously, I would happily run a 5k, 10k, or even a half marathon because I know I can get through it.
But the thought of hours and hours on my feet is not appealing to me right now.
SO, WHAT’S THE PLAN FOR THE NEXT WEEK?
Well, I’m currently 9 days out from the race. The Disney marathon is on a Sunday.
What I’m thinking for the next week is…this is technially taper time so it’s not a time to test how far I can go. I am going to continue with a few shorter runs (3-5 miles), a day or 2 of cross training, and some light yoga and stretching.
I just want to focus on being healthy on raceday, and from there, I’ll just see how I feel at the race. I’ll definitely start running it, and maybe I’ll include a walk/jog/run sequence or just stop after I feel like it.
In terms of fueling, I am just going to go with the same fueling plan I used for Detroit.
I really have no idea but I’m not going to make that decision until I’m actually running it.
While I’ve never gone into a race with this much unknown (it is a little disturbing), I don’t want to push myself too hard or overdo it, either.
I know this post is a little different and more of me rambling, but my hope is that some of you can relate to this feeling and can shed some light on the situation.
Or, maybe you’ve even experienced it with work or another sport.
I’d love to hear from you!
Have you ever run an endurance race with so few miles under your belt? Will the extra cross training help me?
If you’ve been through burnout, what helped?