I’m so relieved to hear echoing concerns, as I have too, throughout the last month or so, exhibited frustration, fatigue and a very “over it” mentality. It comes and goes in waves–some days I crush a workout and I think, “I’m so excited and ready for this!” Other days, I feel like I’m literally dragging my body to finish a workout, and am often left with a debilitating, toxic mentally–questioning my ability to actually do this.
As much as I hate to take “rest days,” I have taken them the past two days because I recognized my mindset was not in the right mode to train. I feel like I’ve been sleeping really well, but I cannot seem to get out of bed without dreading the workout planned for the day (which is something I’ve never experienced before).
I’ve also noticed my HR skyrocketing during my runs, though I’m running at a much slower pace than I’m used to. I’m trying not to read too much into this, and is another reason why I decided to take a few days off without panicking. I’m trying to remind myself that I have dedicated myself to my training the last six months, and there’s no productivity in getting worked up about a few frustrating workouts. Overall, I did the best I possibly could to prepare myself for Williamsburg, and I am placing my faith in the process.
Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to see you out on the course.