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Got Runner’s Burnout?

It’s amazing to me the ups-and-downs and peaks and valleys of running.  The high times are when you feel like you’re on top of the world and your body feels like a well-oiled machine that can run mile-after-mile-after-mile — everything just clicks.  Even when you’re not running, you’re dreaming of running.  All you seem to think about is running, running and running.  It’s the anticipation to lace-up and pound out some miles, and even visualizing your next race.  The low times, however, come out of nowhere; something changes and your running motivation disappears, your times are slower and the floor drops from underneath and then you realize, gee I have a case of “Runners Burnout.”

Runner's Burnout

Runner’s Burnout

Yea, I know, now that the spring marathon and race season is just around the corner, the last thing you want to hear about is Runner’s Burnout!  But with the snow, rain, cold temperatures and flu these past few months, there are probably several normally motivated runners who are right now experiencing a severe case of Runner’s Burnout.  Just the thought of lacing up your running shoes is overwhelming, and forget about going outside.  Also, the dreaded “dreadmill” for a run is not even something you want to deal with.  And that upcoming race even seems impossible.  It sucks, but it does happen to us mere mortal runners every so often.

Post-Run Social Time! A Universal Tradition Among Runners!

In my opinion, running is so much more than just throwing on your running shoes and hitting the road or trails for a few miles.  The benefits of running well exceed the physical, and definitely capture the mental.  Runners use mostly four of the five senses when running — sight, hearing, smell and feel!  Taste, though, is reserved for after the run.

Nothing Like Social Time after a Run!

Whether you’re running with a friend, a group of friends, or an organized running group, there’s a very good chance when you’re finished with your awesome run, there’ll be some social time.  It’s a tradition among runners.

I’m a morning runner, which usually means my social time will involve a place that serves a good cup of joe and some sort of breakfast food (of course, beer and burgers is the food of choice for evening runners).  It’s amazing how many friendships are cemented and incredible stimulating conversations occur during the post-run social time.  This is that special time when you get to know more about the folks you spend so much time running with mile-after-mile.  Post-run social time is sometimes as important as the run itself. It’s the healthy cigarette after sex!  True satisfaction!

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