Saturday, November 5, 2011

Was Def Lepard Right?

Def Leppard had a song titled Rock of Ages back in the late 80s, early 90s. One of the lines in this song said its "better to burnout than fade away..." I wonder about that. Today I was suppose to do an 8 mile run. I am a month out from my marathon and on a recovery week, so I have not been taxing my body that much, but for the life of me, I could not get up for this run. So, I didn't do it.

I am coming off my biggest run month ever. I did 113 miles in October. I averaged between 30-40 miles running during all my months of triathlon training, so I know I was overloading myself jumping to 100+ miles. I have felt good. I mean, I have been tired, like I am suppose to be, but overall I felt really good. So, I am hoping this is just a short funk. I know I still have miles to run and I am suppose to do a 22 miler next week before I start slowing down for my race on Dec 3.

Anyways, I don't know what is up. Maybe it is my body's way of telling me I am tired, or my brain is saying "slow down bro!" Either way I am hoping that since I am in a recovery week, I will be back on track by Tuesday when I am scheduled to run again.

Let me know if you have any "burn out remedies"!


  1. That is a TON of miles! No burnout advice, except maybe making sure to break on occasion. You still doing tris?

  2. Get to the start line healthy. By look of your last month of running, you are in good shape to do this.
    A 22 mile training run is kind of surprising to me. Most plans I've looked at stop at 20.
    Keep track of how much sleep you are getting as well. Good to see how much rest you are really getting.
    Nice work!

  3. Duuuuddddeee???

    Def Leppard? ..its better to burn out then fade away .. was from Neil Young back in the late 70's. haha!

    Here is some advice about doing the runs: Just get the hell out the door. That is all. Once the shoes are on and you are moving the brain and body will do what you have been training them to do! While laying in bed the brain will come up with a gazillion reasons why not to run. Just git 'er done.


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