Motivation Monday || Maybe It’s Training Burnout?

I should have seen it coming! The signs were there…less than stellar training runs, no eager anticipation for my morning run, and even a little boredom. All signs I either chose to ignore or just didn’t see the big picture?

This weekend I had a serious lack of motivation so I missed my long run on Saturday and a recovery run on Sunday 🙁 That left me with 2 challenges. One, to NOT beat myself up for the missed training runs (what good is that going to do me?) and two, the missed miles and whether or not to try and make them up or simply go with training as planned.

It was interesting to find that just about this time last year right before the Air Force Half and while training for the Chicago Marathon I felt the same lack of motivation aka burnout. While cleaning out a desktop folder this morning I came across this screen shot from a post on Daily Mile last year. It must have been a pretty significant time for me to have taken the screen shot.

The timing of finding this today, of all days, is serendipitous. It has helped me put everything into a better perspective. Ready for a  new week. Ready to do what I know needs to be done.

And because every now and then I need a little reminder 🙂

Have you ever reached training burnout? Or maybe running burnout in general? How do you get your mojo back?

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  1. I am having the same problem! I hate it. I know that I will feel better after a run, but I really don’t feel like doing it. I think it’s best for you not to try to make up the miles. Just keep going, or even take a step back week if you need to!

  2. Interesting to see when and how the same thing happened last year. You’ll get through this. Don’t beat yourself up is great advice to yourself. Love that quote. Good luck. Hang in there.

  3. Good luck Jill. I like to think that reminders like these help the training process as a whole, although it may not feel like it at the time. Usually when I lose motivation, I come back with more vigor than before, so maybe this was good timing on your part!

  4. I don’t think mine is training burnout – I think it is lack of motivation as I haven’t entered another race and so really don’t have a specific goal in mind. I am hoping that when I get my orthotics later this week I will become more motivated to run to try them out and see how they help my knees.
    Have a great week and take care !

    1. A race almost always helps lack of motivation. Good luck with the orthotics. I hope they help.

  5. I’m sorry! And yes, been there. Actually, having this shin issue forced me to take over a week off running and I didn’t even care which is so unlike me. I was still biking, swimming and doing weights, but I’m usually itching to run again. I realized I’ve been increasing my miles and I think the shin was my bodies warning sign to back off. Feeling better now and ready to get back at it.
    Short version- rest helps me! So don’t stress about the weekend off, it’s probably exactly what your body needed.

    1. Glad you’re feeling better! My body was trying to tell me something and I begrudgingly listened 🙂

  6. Yes, I have definitely hit training burnout. I hit it big time when I was training for my 2010 Portland marathon. I was so so tired and just felt so lethargic and unmotivated. And I was overwhelmed with work and running and had just started dating someone, and I just felt like i was going through the motions. I experienced burnout last year when training for my Victoria 1/2, but to a far lesser extent. For me, it seems inevitable that I will hit a rough patch. We just have to keep on keeping on, I guess. Hang in there – I hope this is a better week for you!!!

    1. Thank you Lisa. You’re right. It does seem inevitable. Here’s to a new week!

  7. Trust me I have so many times questioned myself why am I doing this? It’s ok to have this feeling, we need highs and lows!! If we would always feel the exact same way, we would never appreciate a runner’s high!

  8. i actually think i’m going through something very similar! i was so excited to sign up for my first full but training doesn’t really ‘officially’ start for a while and my last two races have been extremely difficult. my mind is playing tricks on me!

    1. I’m sure when you start training motivation won’t be a problem. When do you start training?

  9. yes! i have experienced the burnout! after Vegas last December I was riding such a high and then nothing felt the same all the sudden. I was exhausted and all my runs felt blah. Sometimes slowing down, running in a new area, a race…esp a race I get to travel to…all help. Sometimes a few days off. It sounds like you ARE doing what is best for you by listening to your body rather than pushing anything. i also love that quote! a good one to remember! good luck friend!

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