To all those who feel tired and burned out on a weekend - what are your remedies?
Fortunately, for me, one of my remedies is sunshine. When the weather is nice, I feel compelled to be outside. Outside lounging around; outside running with friends - just outside. And, the combination of the weather + avoidance of doing work on the weekends = running. This was the background for 2 great, great days of running!
On Saturday, about mid-afternoon, before the parents arrived and when the husband started playing video games, I knew it was time for some pounding on the pavement. I laced up my Montrail Masochists and headed out. The first 5 miles I had Grendel, but he overheated quickly, so I returned him to finish the final 4. Most of the miles were fast. Pavement does that to me; it makes me want to run fast - ie to have a quick clip and move. Move across the street, around people in the park, and to dodge other obstacles. So, Saturday under blue skies I coasted to two laps to = 9 miles.
Sunday had a similar weather background except this time I had human company for the first section of the run. My friend and I met at Chicopee woods, and we did a mellow 7.5 (approx). Grendel did accompany this run. Again, he tired quickly (from the heat?), but I was rejuvenated. When Grendel and I returned to town, I, by myself, took off around town. Again, my pace was quick. I almost stopped after another 5 miles, but, again, the sunshine held onto me, and I squeezed another mile for a total of 13.5 miles.
As my training has progressed, when I start running - the miles come more quickly. One current observation - sometimes it is harder to get out the door... Ah burnout/tiredness. Good reason to have friends who run - to motivate you!
Happy Sunshine for those of us in Georgia.