Confession: I am burnt out.
It happens to us all, even coaches.
When my name got pulled out of the lottery for the Chicago Marathon (I was not sure this would happen as the lottery odds for Chicago hover right around 50%) I decided to go for it, to show myself that in spite of everything going on with me medically I could still be a marathoner.
Turns out that in honesty that may not have been my best decision. I still have some training left before Chicago and the truth is that I am burnt out!
I think this burn out is happening for a few different reasons:
1. I’m still getting used to my newly diagnosed hypothyroidism and hormonal imbalances. I started on hormone replacement in Feb/March and began taking medication for my thyroid this summer. However, it takes a while to get all the levels figured out and I still feel really exhausted a large portion of the time. Tossing marathon training on top of that is tough.
2. I’m 40lb heavier (I was 50lb heavier pre-FASTER Way so baby steps) than the last time I trained for a full marathon which leaves me much slower and with more aches and pains. It is crazy how much the extra weight affects my running. It may have been best to dive in with a less lofty goal, like running a good half marathon. Then, the weight would not have had so many miles to mess with my knees, ankles, and mind.
3. I am not a hot weather runner, it really slows me down, and this summer has been brutal! Every single one of my runs has had a feels like temperature of 90 – 110. The sad part is that with September almost here the end to this is nowhere in sight. I am normally a mid to back of the pack runner, but this heat really slows me down. It makes my runs about 2 minutes a mile slower which really adds up. Plus, it just grinds on my so much mentally.
I had planned on running the Marine Corp Marathon next year, but decided after this summer training season that it is just not worth it. I will be fine never doing another fall full again! That doesn’t mean marathons are out. It just means I will be picking winter/spring marathons that allow me to train sometime between September – March.
I am burnt out and so over it all – just a few more long run weeks, then taper time, then Chicago. I am trying my best to get through this so I can enjoy Chicago while I am there.
After that, I will happily enjoy switching to half marathon training for a while. I feel as though the shorter distance will be kinder to my body as I try to take care of myself and get back to feeling 100%. Plus, come October the weather should start cooling down a bit, just one more month to go, and I know that will make a huge difference not only in my running, but also in my attitude.
Let me know –
Do you ever suffer from burnout?
If so how do you combat it?