Hi all! I’m Courtney from Run, Courtney, Run. Lately I’ve been feeling a little burnt out and I thought it would be a great topic to write about and share with all of you. The following are just a few tips I try to follow when I’m feeling like I’m out of juice.
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I think this is the most important point to remember. It is always good to have goals and to push yourself to be your best BUT its not the end of the world if you don’t always get a PR or first in your age group.
2. Remember to change things up. Sometimes its good to do something different. Are you a runner? Maybe its time to go out for a bike ride or hit the pool. In my case, I love going to spin class.
3. Sign up for a race that is just for fun. Make sure you have one race on the schedule that is just for you to go out and have fun. Maybe you’ll wear a costume or run with a bunch of your friends but either way its a good way to remember why you love running so much.
4. Take a break every once in a while. Its ok to take a day or two off or even a week. You’ll come back refreshed and ready to rock again!
5. Remember to stay inspired. I think this really helps me the most. When I’m starting to feel burnt out and not feeling very motivated anymore, I turn to blogs for inspiration. There are so many inspiring people out there that can really get you out of your funk.
6. Have workout buddies! Intense, solitary workouts are great for your training but a little time getting your sweat on with a friend is good for your soul.
7. Don’t sign up for too many races. Maybe this isn’t true for everyone but I think if you do too many races, it becomes too much work and you don’t enjoy yourself as much as your could if you only had a select few!
8. Have a goal. You still need to remember my first point but having a goal does really help to keep you motivated and something to look forward to.
9. Listen to your body. If you’re sick (GI symptoms or a chest cold) or injured, call it a rest day, recharge and try again tomorrow.
10. Try a different route. If you usually hit the treadmill, take it outside. If you’re tired of looking at the houses in your neighborhood, hop to a different ‘hood or try a new park or running path. On vacation in a new city? Check it out while you log your miles!