03-14-2013

When You Just Don’t Feel Like Working Out

I had one of those days on Tuesday. My half marathon training class was cancelled, so a long run wasn’t happening, but I knew I had to get a 3 miler in. My mom and I headed to the gym to run on the treadmills, but I had no desire to do so. Sometimes, it’s just one of those days where you’re tired and unmotivated. It’s ok…we all have them!

But I got in the run anyway. Here’s how I trick myself into getting workouts in when I don’t want to. I simply break the workout into smaller pieces. I hadn’t slept well the night before and was really tired…I knew a continuos 3 mile run at a normal pace was just not in the books.

So I told myself I could run at a little bit faster pace than usual (6.3 instead of 6.0) for 3 minutes, and then do a brisk walk for 1 minute, and repeat until I hit 3 miles. This made the run a lot easier for me. I also do this at the end of long runs or in races…I just visualize the last mile to be an easy 4 laps around a track. It’s all about playing tricks on your brain!

You can do this while strength training too. Just focus on the first group of exercises and the fact that it’s only 3 sets, then move on. By the end of the first 3 sets, guarantee you will feel ready to tackle the next set of exercises, and if not, just simply do 2 sets of them.

We all have our off days, and it’s ok to take it easy when you aren’t feeling 100%.

What do you do when you are feeling unmotivated?

02-21-2013

Off Days

Some days, you just have off days.

On Tuesday, I met with my half-marathon training class. We had 6 miles planned for the intermediate group, and 4-5 for the beginner group. I really wanted to do 6. Welp…that didn’t happen.

Around 2 miles I started struggling. My calves/achilles area was burning (felt like lactic acid buildup?). I had to stop and stretch a few times but it would come back after a few minutes. This then led to my shins hurting, especially my right one. I ended up turning back early, and did 4.2 miles. Sigh.

I was really disappointed. I hate days like those. Days where everything seems to be working against me. It’s disheartening and frustrating. I’m surprised I even got 4 miles done! I resolved that I would run 6 miles on my own later this week.

Some days I feel awesome. No shin pain, no nothing. Other days, my calves are on fire and my shins feel like they are super tender. It’s really hit or miss. I am so lucky that didn’t happen at the NYC Marathon in 2011…or I’d be furious!

So now I have to run 6 miles on my own…and I better not have any pain! I thought this quote was fitting:

I will need to do this run on my own, but I will get it done. I will push myself when no one else is around. I could easily just do a longer run next week with my group again, but I want to get this done.

Some days you just have off days. But you need to work past them, and remember those days you feel great. I guess not all days, whether it’s running, lifting, etc., can be perfect workout days.

How do you feel when you have an off day?