Someone googled “not ready for summer to be over” and landed here on my blog.
Dear googler, I totally understand.
I’m over here in New York fighting the end of summer too but no matter how I resist, fall is approaching. School started and life is just back to the usual routine with the cooler temperatures settling in.
This doesn’t mean I have to give up outdoor dining yet though. As long as the outdoor restaurants are open, I will be there.
I do love to order zucchini primavera when it’s on a restaurant menu although I do still order traditional pasta primavera from time to time.
I am not afraid of real pasta.
Let’s discuss my workouts so far this week.
As I said in Sunday’s workout recap post, I am leaning towards shorter workouts over running the longer distances right now.
I think that mentally, I am just OVER running long distances for the moment. Or maybe just saying I am over running longer distances and switching to shorter distances is enough to mentally let me run longer when I feel like it.
There’s a mental something at play with me right now. I wouldn’t quite call it a full-on mental burnout but if I don’t finally address the slight something going on, I may enter mental burnout and I do not want that to happen.
If I stop to think about whatever has been going on mentally, I realize that it’s slowly been brewing for a really long time.
That’s the thing with me. I don’t just flip a switch immediately. Something will be on my radar and I will deal with it on the back burner for quite a while until one day I just decide that enough is enough and I’m DONE.
I don’t want to be done with running though! I don’t want to be done with running 13 miles at a time either! This is why I’m addressing the issue now to avoid waking up one day and being DONE.
It probably started last summer as I was heavily in planning mode for my son’s Bar Mitzvah. I was slowly losing interest and desire in longer distance runs. While I kept with my usual routine for the most part, slowly over time my brain has started to really resist wanting to bother with longer distances.
There’s a major difference yet fine line between motivating yourself to break through mental barriers AND knowing when it’s okay to not push yourself when you don’t want to push yourself.
We don’t always have to follow the whole fitspo life of no excuses. It’s okay to not run all the miles all the time and it’s okay to not run as often as you used to if you don’t feel like it.
It’s also okay to not wait for an injury to be the reason you choose to run less.
Routine is great but can become very mundane over the years. I’m routine by nature so I think I’ve been on autopilot for a few years just trying to keep up with what I normally do but it’s time for a change. I may always run injury free physically but I have to pay attention to the mental side of things too!
This week I’ve been extra excited to get outside and my pace responded instantly.
I’m running faster overall than I have in quite a while which I think is ALL MENTAL. My brain was clearly bored with my routine and distance running.
It’s as if my brain became overjoyed to hear that I am now listening and giving shorter workouts a real shot in my routine, rather than just when I want an easy day.
I can’t even say I’ve really cut my distance much – just yesterday was a 6 mile run. But each day I make the decision if maybe I want to run 30 minutes or go a little longer. I am really happy about my shorter distance choices and workouts.
This is not to say I won’t run 13 miles on Saturday. While I haven’t run that far in a few months and probably won’t, I’m not ruling anything out. The only thing I’m doing is acknowledging that the option is more than there to run as little as I feel like, even if it’s a long run day or a day when I would usually run at least 7 or 8 miles.
Please note that my Pure Barre routine is feeling unaffected. I am still feeling the Pure Barre love probably because I alternate the variety and length of those workouts on a weekly basis. 🙂
On This Day:
9/14/16: What I Ate Wednesday – This was one of the last days that I ate butternut squash. I had a stomach virus last year right around this time and I gave up butternut squash after being sick and I still can’t eat it. I get weird like that when it comes to stomach viruses and food aversions!
9/14/15: Rosh Hashanah & Weekend Stuff – More butternut squash! Tis the season I guess. .
9/14/14: Workout Recap – I am pretty sure this is the first weekly workout recap post I shared on the blog! Wow. How timely considering today’s discussion.outdoor dining plus an update on the change to my workout routine #running #outdoordining #mentalburnout #run #fitfluential Click To Tweet
Favorite type of pasta? Spaghetti, linguini, penne, rigatoni? Whole wheat or regular?
How do you handle the feeling of mental burnout approaching?
How often do you change up your workout routine? Do you make drastic changes or minor changes?