#273: How to Get Out of a Training Slump

This show is almost like a trio of co-hosts: Sarah and co-host Molly pick the brain of Coach Amanda for insight into a training slump - and advice on how to pull yourself out of one. The coach asserts that, despite what it may feel like, mostly likely the source of your ennui is mental, not physical. She breaks things down, assuring you feeling “tired, hungry, and harried” is to be expected when training for a race, then she outlines how to discern those symptoms from overtraining. Discussing the common conundrum of wanting to skip a run due to exhaustion, Coach Amanda grants you a hall pass to skip an occasional run. Talk turns to the seasons of life—and why sometimes it’s just not the right time to run a race. Molly introduces the notion of “the pleasure of discomfort,” and both she and Sarah give anecdotal advice on how to lean into that feeling. Learn the Rx for missing a week of training, plus the value of a throwing in a benchmark run or workout to re-kindle your enthusiasm.

In the introduction, Sarah and Molly talk about #OReclipse mania. The conversation with Coach Amanda kicks off at 12:40.

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One response to “#273: How to Get Out of a Training Slump

  1. About the eclipse—I’m in Columbia, MO, which is also in the path of totality. In fact, NASA will be broadcasting from Jefferson City, which is about 30 miles south. And I can attest, this town is eclipse CRAZY. Hotel rooms are booked to 95% capacity … and the hotels have enough surge to deal with big college football weekends.

    Tomorrow is the first day of classes at the University of MO, but faculty are being encouraged to be lenient about attendance, especially during the peak (around 1:12 p.m. CDT). I have the luxury of working from home, but we’ve been warned that because of all the out-of-towners, we might experience slowdowns in cell and Internet service.

    Oh, and weed is illegal in MO, but possession of small amounts for recreational purposes is decriminalized in Columbia. Because midwestern college town.

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