Staying Motivated and Training Fatigue

Motivation and Mental Fatigue: This is starting to lose it’s glamour

  1. Vary your running routes
  2. Run with a group (SCRR!) or with friends for support and motivation.
  3. Keep a journal to see your progress.
  4. Use tempo runs, track workouts and hill repeats to add variety to runs.
  5. Make choices that coincide with your goals: foods, extra sleep
  6. Extra rest days- do something else you enjoy, get other things done. Good for both mind and body.
  7. Believe in yourself and trust your training. 

Training Fatigue

  1. Muscular fatigue: Due to too many speed/high intensity workouts or long runs without allowing sufficient recovery. Muscle and nerve fibers break down, recovery time is essential. Amount of recovery varies with each runner (age plays a factor here) and intensity of training. Practice to find what works for you.
  2. Metabolic and Endocrine fatigue: Lactic acid build up can cause slow down of muscle contraction and can affect fat and glucose levels that fuel the muscles. Hormonal changes due to the stress of overtraining can result in poor performance, irritability, increased resting heart rate and affect sleep, appetite, weight and mood. 


    The logical solution for fatigue  is rest and downtime: shorter downtime within the training cycle and longer downtime through out the year. Endurance athletes tend to have an “I’m going to do this no matter what” type of stubbornness. The body can accomplish more than we might ever imagine but in order to make that happen we need to respect its need for proper rest and recovery both during a training cycle and between training cycles. To ignore this is to invite injury and poor performance. Allow for a rested body and mind for healthy training and a happy race day. 


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