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I’m Running For Fun Tomorrow…And That’s Ok

Happy Friday, all!

Whew this has been a WEEK if I’ve ever seen one. I am more than ready for a weekend at home, and can’t wait to get everything off my mind and spend some time with friends celebrating my 25th birthday. And maybe throw in a hot bath, just for good measure!

Before I get into today’s topic, I wanted to show you the race shirts from the Little Rock Half Marathon! I finally tried it on the other night, and I must say, it might be the most comfortable race shirt I own! I ordered a Youth Large because in past big races the Adult Small is more like an Adult Medium which is inevitably down to my knees!

little rock half marathon shirt

I’m still not positive what, “I put the ‘E’ in Epic” means, but I’ll go with it. Thankfully, the youth large ended up fitting perfectly, and since it’s a tech tee it shouldn’t draw up!

Tomorrow morning I’m running Little Rock’s Downtown Dash 10K. It’s the first annual race, being put on by the ladies of the Junior League of our city. I thought that I’d want to run this race for time, and really try to PR, but now that it’s tomorrow morning, I think I’ve decided to just run it for fun and I’m more than okay with that!

We all have to slow down sometime!

I think if I stress myself out tomorrow by trying to PR, and add one more thing to my plate of already too much, I might self combust. Therefore, tomorrow’s race has been deemed a ‘fun run’, as much as that makes me cringe!

runandbehappy

I love this print I found on Etsy! I think it’s perfectly simple.

I mentioned the other night that I thought I was starting to feel burned out. And the verdict is…yep, pretty spot on. I need to back off a little bit, and take better care of myself, and not GO-GO-GO ALL THE TIME! I’m like the little energizer bunny, but my batteries have finally almost drained.

So here’s to simply enjoying running, and taking things as they come again! I know if I give myself more rest and not push it as hard for a while, that i’ll come back stronger later this fall!

As much as I hate to admit, I think mentally, the marathon wore. me. out. Then after the marathon, I kept trying and trying to race and enjoy pushing myself as hard as I did in the fall, but I think I’ve hit a wall. The “I ran a marathon at the end of December, and I’ve now run 6 half marathons, and maybe I’m getting a little tired of long distance running for now” wall. Is that normal?? After the marathon you would not believe how many people asked me, “So like, after the marathon, are you still going to run, because you’ll have basically conquered running by then, right?” Obviously wrong, but in a sense, right. I invested SO MUCH TIME and SO MUCH HEART into that 26.2 mile race, that these past 2-3 months have been TOUGH to invest just as much in other races. It’s like I never gave myself time to mentally re-coup, and that’s what I’m now on a mission to do!

What about you? Have you ever been burned out? Needed to slow your pace down and just enjoy your runs again?

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 14, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Have fun running for fun tomorrow! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I also love that print from Etsy. Actually, I love a LOT of prints from Etsy and spend too much time browsing them. I definitely know the burnt out feeling which is why tonight I’m simply plopping on the couch and staying there until bed time–not mad about it!
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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    March 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Oh girl, I completely understand! I have been a bit burnt out lately too and have had to step back and prioritize my life. Health and happiness is so important and although we like to push ourselves, rest and calm is sometimes needed to rejuvenate our motivation! 🙂
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    Heather @fitncookies
    March 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I think running for fun tomorrow is exactly what you need. It is totally okay to be burnt out with running and need a break! It’s always going to be there for you and you need to recover totally, mind and body!
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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    March 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

    That is the cutest race shirt! Not quite sure what it means either, but it sounds super hardcore! Good luck with your race – have fun!!
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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    March 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Cute shirt! Not sure what the saying on the back means either, but just roll with it ;). Have a fun time at your race and enjoy yourself!
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    Ganeeban
    March 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    No one ever talks about post-marathon-blues…and trying to figure out how you feel about running after you run your first marathon. I know exactly how you feel, even though I haven’t run 6 halfers after my first marathon. Just try to find the “joy in running” again, however you can 🙂 Hope you enjoy your run and #runhappy this weekend and Happy Quarter of a Century Birthday!!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Oh don’t worry, only 1 half after my full, 6 in total silly girl 🙂 I completely agree though, it’s a weird feeling! I hate that I feel burned out, but glad to hear it’s common 🙂

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        Ganeeban
        March 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        Phew! I was like…”I missed something here, I didn’t realize she ran 6 halfers since December”! Bwahaha! Anywho, committing to 6 in one year is still commendable 🙂 I completely agree, that feeling is awful, but one day something will click and you’ll enjoy pounding the pavement again. I dubbed it my post marathon blues, both my sister and I had it. I tried a few different things – I ran with music, I didn’t look at my watch, I hopped back on a treadmill, I started running with friends…anything to make it enjoyable 🙂
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          Sweet Miles
          March 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

          Hahaha no worries!! And the 6 half’s have been since 2010 🙂 I meant I’m worn out from long distance running as a whole 😉

          • Ganeeban
            March 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

            Oh man, I’m really missing the boat here! haha! Have a great weekend 🙂
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    Ashley
    March 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I can’t even imagine how burned out you must feel — but I can absolutely relate. After my last half (in St Louis) I thought I was more than ready to take a break . . . but it didn’t happen. Then after the honeymoon and months of a running streak, but body made the decision for me that IT was burned out!

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    Melissa @ Mel's Miles
    March 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I went through the same thing after my marathon 1.5 years ago! I still lack that “first marathon spirit” when it comes to running. Maybe my motivation to run long distances will come back someday, but I’m not running another marathon until it happens. For now, I’m sticking to half marathons or shorter 🙂
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    Becky@TheSavedRunner
    March 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I think it’s great that you are running for fun tomorrow! Since I am training for my first marathon right now and it’s only a little over 3 weeks away, I know what you mean about the training for a marathon totally taking everything out of you. I just had my last super long run today, so now I will begin to taper. After this race, I know I need to let my body recover and just run for fun for a while too.

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 14, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I think running races for fun are the best!!!!! I know we all get competitive at the starting line but some races should just be about our journey and how far we have come!
    Last year I decided to train for my first half. I was so excited and had an awesome training session and race! I was on such a high that few weeks later I registered for another half. Well I wish someone would have told me to back off and relax. My training for the second half was horrible. I hated every run because I thought I should be PRing and trying to beat my previous times. I had a breakdown on almost every run. I really wanted to PR at the second half but I was so mentally drained from training that I couldn’t. I decided to just run for me and my journey. It was one of the most beautiful runs of my life. I enjoyed it and did it for me. I ended up finishing one minute slower than my first. It was just an awesome journey. Then I took time off from running. I needed to regain my love. It is definitely what I needed. When I run my first full this year (in October) I will definitely be taking the rest of the year off. I will definitely need to refocus and mentally coop!
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    Matilda
    March 15, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Yes I sure have. It’s one of the reasons why sometimes I just don’t even bother looking at my watch. Doesn’t matter how fast/slow I’m going, sometimes you just have to go out and enjoy your run.
    Love the t-shirt, it’s cool… and you’re only 25! you young spring chicken… i feel old now :P.
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