Sunday, February 28, 2010

How to deal with run training stress: Don't quit.

Well, it seems that my training and racing has gotten started off to the same lack luster results as last year. I've been thinking of excuses and wondering what is going on. The only thing I can think of is that it has been cold as hell and I don't want to go outside in this hellish weather. However, when I see a 60 year old man running in shorts with gardening gloves on at 6am, I feel more and more like someone who isn't running for reasons other than it being cold.

I'm signed up for a couple of races in the coming months which means I need to start streamlining my training so I don't end up skipping the race entirely. I love training, I love racing, and I love everything leading up to the finish line and I can't help but think there is still something more than the cold keeping me from enjoying what I love.

So, as today is the last day of February, I'm going to make an effort to focus on my training to try and make something positive happen even if the weather is in the 20's and I can't seem to find warm weather to run in besides the indoor gym. It makes it even more depressing to wait 20 minutes for a treadmill only to be able to use it for 20 minutes because LA Fitness is crowded and there is a line behind each treadmill.

I'm ready for the "New Years Resolution" boomers to start to lose heart. Not because I don't want them training and staying healthy, but because I want my gym back! These are tough times and the mental aspect of training in the cold is almost too much to take!

Monday is a new day and training will likely bring me out of this funk. So, the moral of the story is, when you feel depressed because you haven't been training and racing as hard as you should be, the only thing that will snap you out of that depression is to get back out there and swim, bike, and/or run. It's just that easy.

1 comment:

jill said...

Hope you got out of the funk today. I don't mean to make you jealous, but I live in Seattle and today was 60! Ran outside in shorts and it was so nice.

Good luck and I look forward to following your blog. Great stuff

  Sunday run in the rain.