I had an epiphany the other day.
I’m not just “unmotivated” right now – as evidenced by my extreme lack of workouts.
I’m burned out.
And then I kept training and racing and training and racing and training and racing…
I wasn’t running races on back-to-back weekends, and I certainly wasn’t breaking any speed or distance records.
But I constantly had a race/event on my agenda and would immediately start my “next” training program after each crossing of the finish line. (Usually with a 1-week “break” between the race and the first week of the next training session.)
I kept up that pace until March of 2012 after the Sarasota Half Marathon & I immediately stopped running. After 2 half marathons with only 1 week between, I had had enough. (And…well…there’s that pesky anxiety issue too…).
DNFing getting through this year’s 50+50MON, I have taken the longest “break” I’ve taken in 2+ years. And by “break” I mean “period of not working out at all”.
I walked a bit (like once or twice a week for 2 or 3 miles at a time), and even that was mentally exhausting.
I’d say that’s a SURE sign of a burn-out, no?
Luckily, I’ve really gotten my eating under control & have managed to avoid weight gain during this extended break. (Yay!)
But I’m realizing now that I’m not just losing weight – I’m losing muscle.
I really need to get back out there & start working out again. Whether it’s running, spinning, yoga, cycling, swimming, or walking, I’ve got to start doing SOMETHING.
And I think I’m finally at a point where I feel READY to get back into a workout routine.
Wish me luck.