Breaking Out of A Running Slump

Running slump

I’ve hit a bit of a slump. I just can’t seem to make myself do very much running right now. I’m finding lots of convenient excuses. Like the fact that it’s dark all the time. Or that I think I might be coming down with a cold. I also had a facial on Sunday and was told not to sweat in the following 48 hours to maximise the results. That was 96 hours ago, by the way.

It feels like a bit of a chore at the moment. The only thing that motivates me is Parkrun and my fast-approaching 50th run. But even getting out of bed on a Saturday for that goal is a bit of a struggle lately.

As one does when they are experiencing something unusual, I turned to Google and typed “running slump.” Lots of helpful advice appeared and interestingly, one of trends that emerged was to take some time away from running. Take a rest, said the experts.

Even writing the word rest is hard for a Type A personality like me, but apparently, a running slump is sometimes brought on by overtraining and not allowing your body to recover properly.

As I reflect on the past couple weeks, I see that this could very well be the case.

Almost immediately following the Royal Parks Half Marathon, Graham and I decided to participate in HELL WEEK. This was a friendly challenge at our local Orangetheory gym to do at least 5 classes over a 7-day period. Orangetheory is a gym that has HIIT-style workouts that blend running, rowing and strength training in a 60 minute class. They are very fun. But also pretty intense. I normally do 1/week, so five was a pretty major step up.

The challenge culminated on Halloween, so naturally, we went dressed in costume.

Orangetheory fitness

Unfortunately, we were the only ones.

The dead mermaid and prisoner got a lot raised eyebrows. Mainly people just avoided eye contact. Whatever London. Halloween is awesome.

I also learned a valuable lesson: fake blood is not sweat proof and it stains your skin.

Anyway, it was an interesting experiment but I needed a rest after. It seems though that my rest has carried all the way into the next week and consequently, I’m finding it hard to get back into the zone. I just don’t really feel like running at the moment. There. I said it. For someone who’s identity sometimes revolves around running, that seems like an insane thing to write, but that’s how I feel at the moment. I’m sure it’s just a phase and I’ll be back in my trainers soon. For the moment, my mental dialogue is that “I have to run.” I’m going to take a little break until I start thinking, “I want to run.”

And, with great irony that should also mention that my blog is nominated for Best Blog in the 2019 Running Awards. I would be very gracious if you could vote for me… even though I’m not doing much running at the moment!

To vote, go here: Create a login, and then click the Blog category. Then Personal Blog. Then find Thoughts and Pavement. Thank you!



  1. April C November 9, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    It’s a good time to mix it up and do some cross-training. Take a break, girlfriend!

  2. Nick B November 10, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Voted. Enjoy the break!

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