So many kids, I don't know what to do.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Epic Fail

That's it. I quit.

Not really.

But I am asking all you dedicated runners and triathletes out there. What do you do when you are tired and discouraged and you suck like a Hoover?

I got up at 4:20 to different mornings this week to run seven miles. Both mornings I ran five and beat a path back home. By then I was walking. Slowly.
Then I beat myself up about it all day. (Maybe it is the self flagellation that is wearing me out.)

I was supposed to ride for 90 minutes Wednesday evening. I was going to compromise and take Saigie to family spin class. I was dragging. It was never going to happen. We compromised even further on a family walk around the block and then came home and ate brownies.

I swam Monday decently. But Friday the water polo coach told me they had just put chemicals in the pool and it was going to be closed. Whew. That was close. I didn't have to blame that one on myself.

I got up this morning and to catch up on cycling and everything hurt. My calves, my hips, my gluts. Not so bad that I couldn't move, but enough that I knew the ride was going to be a struggle. (I think it is time for new running shoes.)

The Coach's advice: He says I am tired and the last three weeks of working and getting up early and then trying to train have caught up with me and I need a break. He says to just forget about it until Monday. He says to chalk this week up as a rest week. (I didn't tell him that LAST week was supposed to be my "half time" rest week and I just pushed on. Oops.)

I have a big race that I am very nervous about in 24 days.

What do you think?
Sit out a weekend?
Press on?


  1. I don't know if you should base your decision on my input, but it sounds like you are super drained and that your body (and mind, don't be so hard on yourself) could use a little break. In the long run I don't think taking this weekend off will be too detrimental to your race but in the short term it could be just what you need to reenergize. Whatever you do I hope you have a great, long weekend. :)

  2. REST, REST, REST!!! Your body is trying to tell you something, and you don't have to feel guilty for listening for it. If it makes you feel better, use this week to "train" your nutrition, then you will feel like you are working "hard", but your body will be able to recover.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    It sounds you might be over-training and over-flagellating too. Now I am a very good person to be giving advice on guilt trips because I am a master of beating myself up and I know how that discourages me even more.
    Hope you will rest well and start having fun again.

  4. Because I am SUCH an expert in this sort of thing I say sit out the weekend. :)

  5. I tend to agree with the rest of the posters...your body is trying to tell you something....perhaps a little rest is okay. Maybe try something like yoga or pilates as an alternative - relaxing and restful but still active:)

  6. Yes!! My personal trainer told me that when I'm starting to feel unmotivated or when my body won't co-operate it's her way of saying she needs a break. Muscles need rest too.

  7. you need REST! the body works in incredible a little, then hit it hard again.

  8. Your body is telling you something. Listen to it. Or it will start screaming. If you don't listen to it then, it will break.

    What is it saying? You already know.

  9. Welcome to my world. My whole season has been just that way. The answer is REST. It too is part of training. Hang in there!

  10. Maybe a break is exactly what you need to refresh both body and mind!

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