I believe I am officially in a running rut.
The past 2 weeks at work have been a bit crazed, which prevented staying on the schedule. I snuck in a run here and there, up to 6 miles...but I have missed my long run now for two weekends in a row.
Today I am supposed to be running 14 miles. Clearly, I am not - unless I am uber talented and have discovered a way to blog while running. Someone will someday...but I'm willing to bet it won't be me.
I did go to WTF (TRX) yesterday, then 75 minutes of Powerflow hot yoga in the afternoon so I am not completely in a workout rut. Just a running rut.
This morning, after cursing Daylight Savings Time, I started the routine trying not to think too much about it. I prepared my steel cut oatmeal, had a cup of coffee, put on my tights/underlayer/socks/Brooks, started getting my water bottle ready, spilled water all over the kitchen in an epic failure of the Brita pitcher...
And promptly decided it was a sign that I shouldn't go.
Yeah, it's a pretty deep rut.
I think my major roadblock is the sheer amount of time I have to actually put into the running for the marathon training. I am slow - turtle slow - so 14 miles will take me roughly 2.5 hours. It is completely overwhelming to lace up my running shoes and know I have 2.5 hours ahead of me. It's more than my brain can wrap itself around right now.
I realize mental toughness is at the heart of endurance training. I've been there for IM and I was so thoroughly exhausted from it when it was over, I took a lot of time off. Now I'm back at it, and it really is...tough.
This afternoon I have WTF bootcamp, then another hot yoga class. I am bagging the long run, which I know is such a bad decision, but I'm getting back on the program this week with the short runs to try to build up again.
I know I'm not the only one - comments welcome on you handle the rut...advice appreciated!