Thoughts from Recovery Week

Last week I hit my current highest mileage ever, with just over 53 miles. Physically, for the most part, my legs and body are feeling strong. I did feel slightly beat-up in the last couple of miles of the 20-miler on Saturday, but I am confident that was 99% due to the fact that I consciously chose to do the run faster than I should so that I would have company for nearly 3 hours of running. (Faster friends make you faster?! Or just injured?)

For the first 6 weeks of training, I have been excited about every run. I have looked forward to the challenge of a hard workouts and the rejuvenating affects of the recovery runs. Despite how much some of them hurt, I have loved nearly every mile.


But today, for the first time of this training cycle, I woke up and didn’t want to run. I had a litany of excuses…

  • It was cold. My toughness and tolerance level for colder temps drops dramatically as soon as I step foot back in South Carolina.
  • I didn’t feel great. Late last week I woke up with a scratchy throat and I feel like I may be fighting something off. After surviving a month of travels with no illness, I suppose it was bound to happen eventually.
  • I was tired. Though I’m not sure why since I went to bed early and slept well.

But most of all, I was feeling a lack of motivation. I just didn’t really want to run. Fortunately, my stubbornness kicked in and I got out the door for 8 miles anyway. The run was…okay. At some points I felt great and smooth and was happy to be running and at some moments, I was cold, hungry, tired and just wanted to it to be over.

I am hoping (and pretty confident) that this is just temporary and once I get through this week of reduced mileage, that I will feel recovered and ready to tackle big workouts again. I am hoping that the love for the training itself will kick back in and I won’t have to remind myself of the end goal to get myself out the door. Because, yes, it is about the goal, but more importantly (to me) its about getting there and I typically LOVE that part.

eugene logo

What’s funny is that this wasn’t even supposed to be a recovery week. It was supposed to have a slight cutback in mileage to prepare me for marathon paced miles in my long run on Saturday. But because I want to pace run a chunk miles with Char next weekend as she attempts to BQ in Albany, I switched the weeks so I could run my MP miles with her. I had no idea when I made that decision, how much I would need a recovery week this week.

char and i

It’s funny how those things work out, isn’t it?

I don’t want this post to come across as whiny or negative, but as I go through this cycle, I want to share the UPS and DOWNS of the training journey. I want to be honest about how things are going and hopefully some of you who are training (for any distance) will be able to relate? And for those of you who have been through it, maybe you can reassure me that even though my body feels good, the recovery weeks are just as important for my mind as my body? Or that I am overreacting just because I didn’t feel like running today? Share!

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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12 Responses to Thoughts from Recovery Week

  1. Of course you will have your ups and downs – just like with everything in life. Have you tried switching it up a bit? Maybe doing it at night, or with a friend, or on a treadmill just to spice it up?

  2. mommyrunfaster says:

    Wow, Corey! Congrats on your awesome mileage! 52-53 is where I peaked for my marathon training this fall, that was the highest I’ve ever gone. So different from RLRF, but it helped me feel really strong. Hope the cut back week does the trick, I’m sure your motivation will be back!

  3. Recovery weeks are most DEFINITELY important. Training without recovery is a wide-open invitation for injury, burn-out, etc. Don’t feel bad!

  4. Steph says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s normal =) Also, for real, it was super cold yesterday. It took every ounce of my willpower to get myself out the door yesterday! Blech!

  5. It is 100% normal to not feel like running some days, especially when you have a really high mileage week. It is our body telling us, “please, could you give me a little rest?!”.
    This weeks cutback will be great for you – mentally and physically. Enjoy every moment and trust that you are doing the right thing! And 53 miles?! Holy AMAZING!! Way to go!!!

  6. mer says:

    It’s just part of the sport…I always had bad weeks like that in swimming but you keep on…individual sports are much more challenging in my opinion because you really have to dig deep for motivation as there aren’t really people depending on your success other than you. If you didn’t have tiring weeks it would mean you are already in perfect shape, ready to race tommorow. Keep dreaming big, keep your heart deep in the sport. Thanks for the weekly motivation. Meredith

  7. Terzah says:

    Hi Corey! Catching up with your Eugene training.

    Weeks like that are totally normal. Today I’m facing a similar lack of motivation. My mid-week 90-minute long run was supposed to be yesterday but I swapped days when we had some rough sleep nights with the kids. I was supposed to do the 90 this morning after dropping the kids off at school–but then my son got sick for real and I had to stay home with him. So I’m supposed to run tonight after Dan gets home from work–I never run at night and generally hate the idea. VERY low motivation right now. I think that’s totally normal.

    You have a lot of changes to your routine due to your work travel. I think you’re doing a great job rolling with it and getting through the training.

  8. You don’t sound whinny or negative at all! I think we all come across the downs in training and it can be comforting to hear others encounter the same thing 🙂 I’m impressed you got out there for your run when you weren’t feeling it, those can be hard!

  9. elizabeth says:

    totally normal. there were definitely days, even when my running was strong, that I was just tired and didn’t want to do it. like the first comment about changing it up-either the place you run, the time, etc. hoping the next one is better.

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