Hi lovely running fiends,
Sorry, long post alert!
So, it has not been the greatest week of my running career. Not awful, just not great. It all started with a grumpy 4km run on Wednesday, after a PB on reaching 12km on Sunday. I should have been on a high, but I wasn't. Got out of the wrong side of the bed, and had a miserable run in the rain where I felt that 4km was quite enough and I was happy to finish. Had a Pilates class on Thursday, and felt a twinge in my piriformis, or, as Fishypieface charmingly calls it, arse-cheek-itis. Was still twingy on Thurs and Friday, so didn't run. Also a little sore in the hip and hamstring. I rested, I was good. Made it out today and managed 7km, but it was a bit of a struggle. Nothing hurting as such, just hard. Didn't feel like going further, and because of recent piriformis twinge, decided it better not to.
Have been mulling over my sudden fatigue and lack of drive with running, and have decided it must be mental/emotional. I have been a bit achy/sore in places, but nothing dramatic – I just don't feel strong. And this makes me a bit sad after a summer of feeling really resilient and fit.
Work has been awful this week; really awful. I have been coming home with real mental fatigue from the day. So I wonder, do you think mental / emotional strain renders you weaker when it comes to running? Especially running longer distances? I am just trying to find a reason for why, all of a sudden, running is very hard for me, and I am feeling so physically weak? I know you need mental resilience to get through a long run, so can only think I have drained my reserves of it this week at work, where everything has gone wrong and people are behaving like A-holes!
Any thoughts, running pals? I am a bit worried my mojo has packed its bags and left me for a more positive runner.
P.S. I am pleased I ran 7km this morning though. That's something.