Monday, June 13, 2011

In a Slump

For the past several weeks, I've been in a slump. Maybe I hit a runner's "plateau"? I'm not quite sure what happened, but between April and May, my mileage went from 15 miles to about 8 miles per week. You know that I've been waking up at 4:30 AM most weekdays to work out before my husband gets up for work at 6 AM. That's the best time, I thought, to get a workout in so that I wouldn't interrupt playtime, snuggle time, etc. with the girls. I began getting bored by running. By this time, I was comfortably running up to 10 miles on my long run days (Saturdays) and 6 miles two other days of the week. I also squeezed in interval runs. AND not because I was training for a race either! So, last week, I talked to my husband about changing my workout times so that I'm not waking up so early and trying new workouts. Perhaps ease back on the running?! I purchased the Jillian Michaels' "No More Trouble Zones" DVD and 2, 5 lb dumbbells. Adding in strength training has been really fun. I now run 3 days a week with a 3 or 4-miler and a long run of about 6 miles. I maaaaaay slip in a fourth run when I can. ;) I'm liking my new workout routine and should probably consider changing it up every 3 months just so I don't burn out. Shockingly though, I've lost all of my baby weight. I don't understand it because I wasn't working out consistently for 2 months. GAH! I'll take it though. Just need to tighten up and tone up. :) Have you ever been in a fitness slump? If so, how did you wake yourself out of it?

1 comment:

Beccarigg said...

Wow! Can't believe you have already lost all your baby weight and have been running 10 milers!! NICE!!! I am still slowly but surely working my way to that point but I'm definitely inspired that you got there : )

I think mixing things up like you're doing is one of the best ways to break out of a slump. That and signing up for races. If you're bored with running you might wan to try something new like a triathlon or distance you've never done before. That helps shake things up for me.