I’m not even sure if this is what it’s actually called but I am going with it.
Has anyone ever suffered from not being able to increase their milage? This was me a few weeks ago. I have put 4 half marathons under my belt so I know I CAN run but for some reason my legs would feel heavy, my feet felt as if there were cinder blocks attached, and my breathing was all over the place.
I was pretty dumbfounded how this could be happening. I did recently move into a hotter, more humid climate and took my time acclimating to the weather, but this was about 2 months into my move. For me, it was super frustrating to know that I am most capable of running but my body was not having it. I tried different breathing techniques, different pre run snacks and meals, different warm ups, everything. I ended taking a week off from running (I was running 4x a week). I figured what the heck, I was about ready to pull my hair out with frustration so instead I started hitting the gym more frequently.
Amazingly enough, when my rest week was over, I laced my sneakers back up, hit the pavement and had a great run. This lifted my spirits! I started setting small goals, I picked out a race to sign up for, I kept using positive reinforcement for myself, and the weather was cooler, which was a definite plus. From then on, I kept blocking out any negative thought that came into my mind and focused on just me and my goals. If I noticed myself fatiguing, I would turn my run into a tempo run to work on speed, and I found a great playlist to listen to (I am the type of runner who has to listen to something!) I have kept up with running 4x a week!
How do you guys get over your runner roadblocks?