MENTAL BURNOUT

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Mental Burnouts are typically caused by over-training.

Symptoms includes:

  1. Slower race times
  2. Lack of motivation to run
  3. Lack of confidence
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MY EXPERIENCE

To be honest, I never really had a full on mental burnout for running, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

I believe four things helped me:

  1. Having a team that you can train with (I ran for my school’s track team) 
  2. Have a goal that you are trying to achieve (for me, this was trying to make NXN or just to improve my time)
  3. Taking a short break after every season (I actually took a 4 month break due to IT Band issues, I will talk more about this in the IT Band section)
  4. Do most of my training at a relatively easy pace (for most of the season, I am doing easy runs rather than hard intervals)
I also keep a running mileage tracker. Which helps me stay consistent. I can plan my future runs and record my previous runs.

This is a small part of the tracker, it displays the interval of time and my training schedule during last summer. I kept the same tracker for years, and it is very rewarding to look back and see how far you’ve came.
Running Mileage Tracker

WHAT THE COMMUNITY HAS TO SAY ABOUT MENTAL BURNOUT

Garrett Carden– Running with a group of friends! The pain of running is always lessened with company!

Jason Childress– Ran until the feeling of love comes back

Mattie Marie– Take one rest day and then go run with a group. Know why you started. In her case, to get closer with friends and get in shape.

Izak Bibile– THE ATHLETE SPECIAL (Youtuber Spencer Brown)

Colton O’Briant– It feels like a bad break up, sometimes self defeat

Johnny Ramirez– If possible, cut the season short and take a long break. After that, come back with easy runs.

Farooq Abdul– Do not constantly train at a high intensity. Learn to incorporate easy runs into the schedule because a day or two of rest will not make much difference. The best way to avoid a burnout is through the regular maintenance of your body and mind. Try to always get an ice bath and then roll our your lower body. Progress your training volume carefully to avoid injuries. But yeah, that is my take on it and that is what helped me as an amateur runner.

Underdog Track Club- Take time off, about 5 days at the end of the season.

Taylor Treonze– Happened to me during XC, my teammates would just pass me and I would get really frustrated. She eventually qualified for states and overcame the injury.

Lauren Recker– Just had to push through it because I did not have a choice.

Dao– Had shin splints that wrecked my training regime. So I took a month long break and only did long jogs (I am a 100m sprinter), but I really had to look past the strict training and regain passion for track.

Brock Schulte– I have. I just realized that my reaction to injury or any other inconvenience teaches my team how to face adversity. If I were to shut down they will have no motivation to fight adversity. But if I fight it then that would be an example to them that you care to do all you can for the greater good of yourself and the team. Whatever team logo you run for do it for everything that school means to you. Set an example of what it means to be part of your team. 

Leah Tomlinson– “I just have to remind myself what it is I love about running.”

Rhys Wazny– “Meditate. I thought it was odd when I first tried it but it required a lot of focus on relaxing and trust that you will get back to who you were mentally. I wouldn’t say its “magical” because it’s a process but it worked for me.” 

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