Now that you know some of the signs you might be overtraining (read this blog here), it’s time to do something about it!
I’m linking up with My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I’m sharing 5 tips to help you shake off burnout and get back to happy running.
1: Leave the watch at home . . .
. . . or at least cover it up. I run in long sleeve tops almost year round (the Summer ones are made of a cooling material), so generally my watch is covered. Just running however long or hard you feel like might take the “have to” and change it to “get to” when it comes to running.
2: Cross train more
I know a lot of runners just really love to run, and don’t want to do something else. This tip is not for you! Although it really is, just sayin’. If you’re a runner that actually enjoys cross training, increasing the cross training and decreasing your running for a while will keep you fit while hopefully holding off burnout.
3: Find new locations
One good thing that came out of the Pandemic for me was finding new routes to run. Some runners love the familiarity of tried and true routes, but if you find yourself on the edge of burnout, a new route might be just the ticket to make your runs fun again.
4: Try a new running workout
There are actually almost infinite ways to run and train, and maybe it’s the perfect time to shake things up by trying something new!
5: Stop running!
Not forever. Just for a little while. While your running fitness will start to decline in just 3 days off running, it won’t decline much. A week off and you should make sure your runs are easy when you start running again. Even 2 weeks off isn’t really going to harm you — and it might do you a world of good.
If you stop running for more than 2 weeks, though, make sure that you’re cautious when you start to run again; try running easy for the same amount of time you were off running and then slowly increase the intensity — never forgetting that about 80% of your runs should always be easy.
We all get a little stale every once in a while, whether we want to admit it or not. It’s so easy to fall into the same old routine, and routines are great, but sometimes they need to be changed up. Of course, on the other hand, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
How do you shake up your running?
What makes you excited again about running?