Week 11/52 of Training – 2015

Not a very good week of training in terms of days run. Yeah I know…I need to be more consistent with my mileage. I asked a question in the reddit running forum about qualifying for Boston (one day) and basically everyone was like you need to RUN MORE ASAP. I mean, it’s no surprise. My running coach has been telling me the same thing. I know what I need to do it’s just a matter of doing it. Questions for you runners:

  1. How do you balance running with strength training (for those of you who run almost every day)? I just do not feel like lifting after running but obviously need to.
  2. What’s your best tip to motivate yourself on days you really don’t feel like running?
  3. Have you ever gone through a running rut where you’re just blah about running?

Even though I’ve been kinda blah, last night I found this blog, Miles To The Trials, and was reading about her story. She went from a 4:07 marathon to qualifying for the Olympic Trials! That really motivated me and I told myself I can qualify for Boston one day, it’s just a matter of dedication and hard work. And I need to buck up and do the work. 

Anyway, here was last weeks training:

Monday: First longer outdoor run! 6 miles at 10:00 pace. Felt okay, shins kinda hurt after but I figure it was because it was my first longer run outside. My body was EXHAUSTED the day after, no joke, I felt so fatigued. Anyone have this issue when transitioning from treadmill to outdoors?

Tuesday: Off because of the fatigue issue mentioned above.

Wednesday: Track workout…finally outside as opposed to the treadmill! 1 mile warm up then 6×400 meters at 1:50 per lap. Doubted myself because I figure it’s a bit easier on the treadmill to keep a certain pace…but actually could do it! Challenging but fastest I’ve ever done a 400 meter workout :)


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Thursday: Off because shins were really sore from the track.

Friday: Off because I’m lazy. I know.

Saturday: St. Patty’s Day 5K. 28:45ish (there was no start timing mat so I crossed a bit after the gun went off). Felt really good throughout the race minus one huge, long hill in the middle. I’ll take it for not having been running much but I really do want to get a 5K PR this spring! Current PR is 25:13. After the race we all went out for St. Patrick’s day since it was the parade, festivities in the town. Running a morning race + day drinking = being in bed that night at like 9 pm haha.


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Sunday: Off.

Going to go for more miles this week. I know I need to be more consistent…I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately in terms of motivation. Help!

Do you get super tired from running outside after being on the treadmill for a while?

Motivation tips please!


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  1. I totally have motivation issues running sometimes, too. I’ve written two different things about ways I try to get/stay motivated here (http://www.strongerthaniknow.com/blog/staying-inspired-for-adventure) and here (http://www.strongerthaniknow.com/blog/my-own-sometimes-a-little-nutty-tips-for-motivation).

    I do both strength training and running, and try to split them into two different workouts – I run in the morning and strength train at night. That gives my body and my brain just a little R&R time, but I know that’s not always logistically feasible for everyone.

    Some of my favorites – watch inspirational running movies, support someone else’s running goals, new workout clothes, imagining you’re in an action movie where you have to run and constantly celebrating how far you’ve already come.

    • Thanks for the tips! I should split up my workouts I am just not a morning person at all. I really need to though. Otherwise it is just so hard for me to lift after I run.

  2. I switched to the Run Less, Run Faster plan because I was struggling with running 5 days a week – it was just too much for me and I got injured. On this plan, I run 3 days a week and do CrossFit 3 days a week. It’s so much better for me to get in more of that cross training and just make each run more meaningful. If you’re not a fan of running 4+ days a week, you should check it out!

    In terms of motivating myself, I just try to tell myself that I’ll feel awesome once I finish the run! It’s always true :).

    And running rut – FOR SURE! That (paired with getting injured) is what made me want to switch to the 3-runs a week plan.
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  3. I have no idea how people run multiple days a week! Haha! My one long run on Sunday is all I can handle!
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  4. I’m not a regular runner, but can say that running outside always seems way harder than the treadmill!

    Also, finding motivation is all about your underlying reason. Your reason for running more consistently isn’t strong enough to compel you. Find the reason and listen to it daily – I’m going to run because of xxx.
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  5. You can definitely BQ, I am hoping for one in my future too! I have felt unmotivated to run lately ad it was actualy causing me stress so I decided not to run mySPring marathon and I feel so much better already.
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  6. I am not a runner, but when I AM motivated to run it is always outside on a nice, sunny day! I am also trying to find my motivation…if you find it while searching for yours, let me know. :)
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  7. When I was at my fastest I was definitely running 5-6 days a week and probably doing about 2 hours of strength a week as well, plus cross training. It definitely requires the dedication to get there. I think you just have to want it or it becomes I burden. I burned out from it and lost that desire for quite some time.
    I think it takes at least a month of transition if not more to get accustomed to being outside versus the treadmill. I really haven’t yet and don’t think it will be pretty!
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  8. Yes, they tell us in coaching school that running more is the best way to get faster and I agree, it is. BUT, depending on your body, there are other ways to hit that BQ. I BQ’d 3x running only 3 days a week and never came close to 40 miles/week. There’s lots of intensity, but it worked like a charm for me.
    As for motivation? Get it in your mind that skipping a run is not even an option. And do it as soon as you can to get it out of the way.
    Yes, it does feel harder for a short time after being on the mill. all winter. Especially if you did not put the mill at incline.
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  9. I tried Hanson’s Method last year and got so burned out I basically didn’t run at all for two months.
    I thinking knowing what works for you can really help in the motivation department. I know I’m likely not going to run more than 4 days a week. That way I can fit in 1-2 strength sessions, without feeling overwhelmed and like I never get a break. I also plan my schedule the week before. I have a training plan, but I know I need flexibility, so on Sunday, I’ll see what I have planned and then schedule in my runs like I would going to work, so unless I’m injured, then I’m running and 99.9% of the time, I’m glad I went.
    I, too, would love to quality for Boston, but I’m not sure if I’m willing to hate running as a result.
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  10. I have always been a 3x week runner at the most and 3x week cross train or strength train. That’s what works best for me. I think everyone’s bodies are different so you have to find the right balance for you.
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  11. When I feel blah about running I turn to the weights and just don’t run for awhile. I usually crave it again after that.
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  12. It has been years since I ran every day. Strength training has become too important to ditch for running!
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  13. I try to do my weight training after my weekday runs. It doesn’t always work out that way, but at least I have the intention of doing so.
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  14. Ya know you just may be burned out and if so – there’s nothing wrong with that. Take the break if you feel you need it. I had a friend who said every day she ran she was getting slower. She didn’t understand why. She needed to take a break and when she did – she came back stronger and faster, not slower and weaker. Pretty cool right? Take the break especially if you are exhausted after a 6 mile run.
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  15. Great week! I am terrible at balancing strength training and running. The weights are always the first thing to go. I really need to get better about that and as soon as Paris is over, I’m hitting them hard. I have never been able to run every day of the week. That is a guaranteed injury for me.
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  16. I feel like sometimes I mentally need a step-back week and maybe that’s what you’re experiencing and yes, I ran outside and with a stroller this week so I felt like I was going at a snail’s pace! I’m going to check out the run less run faster plan the gals mentioned too!
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  17. Thanks for the shout out!! We all struggle with motivation sometimes… some things that help me: Doing something every weekday. If you carve out a time, first then in the morning say, and then run/crosstrain/lift/etc every day at that time it becomes routine and hard to skip. Laying out your clothes the night before helps, too. (It seems silly but it’s one less thing to do and makes your plan seem more set in stone.) And of course running with friends! Winters are freaking hard motivation-wise, here’s to spring coming soon! :)
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  18. Whenever I run and notice I’m going especially slow on a certain day, I pinpoint an object and I don’t look at anything else besides that object until I reach it, and then I pick a new one.

  19. I do get tired after running outside, more than the treadmill. I figure it’s the awesome fresh air!
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  20. I actually prefer outside for running and find it less exhausting, but transitioning from one to the other always takes a bit of time. I run 4-5 (very occasionally 6) times a week and I’ve definitely become a stronger runner with the higher mileage, but I haven’t really gotten much faster. I’m also extremely inconsistent about cross training though LOL.
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  21. That blog sounds very inspiring and yes you can definitely qualify for Boston. Hard work and determination will get you there. Go for it!
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  22. Yes. Running outside makes me super tired after a winter of a lot of treadmill running. Still. Happy to be out there!
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  23. I always lift first, run second. I give that advice to my clients as well. Reason being, running is something that can usually be done on auto-pilot in my opinion. Zone out and go. Lifting takes a lot of focus. Further, from a training point of view, I think I get the most benefits from lifting when I do so fresh; if I am exhausted from a run my form is awful and I can’t lift as heavy.
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    • See I need to lift after I run, otherwise I struggle with my run because my legs feel like jelly. Now just need to actually do both…lift AND run. lol

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