I am not sure if it the heat, overtraining or my lack of mental toughness, but I have been in a running slump for the past two weeks or so. Maybe I am a in a vacation mindset since I officially started my summer break last week. You would think a slump would occur when the going gets tough and your schedule is hectic, but my current schedule could be compared to how people function at a Bahamian resort.
The 100 degree temps (feels like 110 due to extreme humidity) could be part of the problem, but I tried powering through a few of those runs. By powering through, I mean I spent one Saturday morning trying to get 20 miles in the bank. I started the run at 7:15 am and I think it officially ended at around 11:30 because I had to stop on many occasions and then I ended up inside on the treadmill. Who spends their entire Saturday morning trying to run 20 miles? On top of all that, I am supposed to be training to run my fastest marathon ever. How can I run if I am training at a snail’s pace? It has been quite frustrating to say the least.
As a result of the frustration, my mental toughness has gone downhill. I go out for a 5-mile run and am now counting down every mile. A 5-mile run used to be easy. Now it feels like that 5-mile run is actually a 20-mile run. I can’t bear to think of completing one more mile. Honestly, I just can’t wait for my runs to be over. They suck. Bad.
What the hell is wrong with me? I think about trying a new sport, like kayaking or paddle boarding. Yeah, I think I might change my sport. Maybe something that is more conducive to this intense heat and humidity. At least I could just jump in the water to cool off. Maybe my legs just need a break. I need to work on my arms. Or flatten my tummy.
I’m on vacation. That means more time for running. Yet, I don’t want to get out and actually do it. I have the time, but lack the motivation. Maybe I need to be busy in order to get it done. That makes no sense at all! When I am in vacation mode I get lazy. But I also just want to drink beer and eat cupcakes. That will only make me run slower. Then the vicious cycle just repeats itself!
Do I need a break from running? Or should I attempt this BQ in August? I was fast enough a month ago, but now I am not so sure. I am also not so sure if I can make it 26.2 miles.