Dealing with Burn Out

I can’t believe today is Friday.  This week went by so fast because it was so busy.  I came back from DC to meetings, hosting a spouse event, tons of volunteer work, homework, and so much more.  On top that this is my second to last week of training before the Rock-N-Roll Savannah.  I have to be honest with you guys … I am so freaking excited that this weekend is my last long run before the race.  I am ready to sleep in on the weekends, or sleep at least until 7AM when Emmie wakes up 😉 These last couple of days I have lacked motivation to get out and do much.  I have officially reached burn out.  I think it’s reflected in my workouts this week as shown in Fitness Friday:





Post ATM

Sunday was the Army Ten Miler.  I had such a runner’s high after the race.  It’s kind of amazing how quickly it faded.






800m Repeats

I fit in some speed work with 4x800m repeats on the treadmill for a total of 4 miles.  After, I did Julie’s Spooky Circuit Workout.  I definitely was a hot sweaty mess!



3 mile run


Thursday I had zero motivation to go to the gym.  It was that burnout feeling at its finest.  I didn’t go to the gym and had pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to workout.  Chris ended up getting home from work earlier than normal so I sucked it up, put my shoes on, and headed out.  I did an easy 3 miles and felt great.  I ended up with negative splits: 9:21, 9:06, and 8:35.  While I was glad I got the run in I still felt off.


SO, how do I go into my last week of training when I feel burned out?  Come up with a plan.


Tips for Dealing With Burn Out

1.  Take time to relax.  I am going to get back to the nightly yoga I was doing before leaving for DC.  It helped my brain and body relax before going to bed.

2.  Go to bed earlier.  Chris and I have been getting to bed at 11PM which is too late for me.  10PM it is.

3.  Take the weekend off from blogging.  Have you noticed that I haven’t been on Twitter as much this week?  My burned out feeling extended to the blog.  As of right now I have no plans on showing up on here until Monday.  Now if that changes that’s ok but I am not going to feel pressured to blog.

4.  Eat better.  Traveling got my eating way off.  Like WAY off.  Got to get this back in check yo.

5.  Enjoy my family.  My mom and step-dad are in town and my step-sister and her husband will be here Sunday.  Chris and I have a fall festival tomorrow night and Heather and I have organizing and running plans this weekend.  I am going to soak up the good feelings being around family and friends gives me.


Hopefully I can come back on Monday feeling refreshed and ready to go!


How do you deal with burn out?  What causes you to burn out the fastest?  For me it’s that I always put a lot on my plate and go go go go go until I hit a wall.  BOO.


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17 thoughts on “Dealing with Burn Out”

  1. Sometimes burnout happens for me out of boredom too. It’s hard to get motivated when you simply aren’t excited about the workout. I don’t have a gym now. and have been lifting at home and doing kickboxing DVDs at home to cross train. I’m getting to the point where I don’t even want to look at my little gym room or another DVD.

    Enjoy an unplugged weekend! I have stopped blogging on the weekends completely as a way to just enjoy.
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  2. Great tips! I do many of the same- especially getting more sleep/rest and cutting back on blogging and the social media world. It can be never-ending! Sorry you’re feeling burnt out… the week after a race can be exhausting for me, too. You’re nearly through your training! I definitely understand the desire to sleep in on a Saturday. :)
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