Hello divas! I hope that you had a fabulous weekend and are ready for another week ahead. One thing that I have been struggling with lately is my lack of motivation and the apparent wall I have hit in my training that has led to this motivation issue.
But I still have 2 races this spring that I need to train for. So today I am sharing 5 tips to break a training wall that I am incorporating into my workout routine.
1. Vary Your Workouts
One reason why there may be a training wall is a lack of variety. It is said that variety is the spice of life and this is so true when it comes to training. Try different types of runs (long, speed, easy, etc). Change up your intensity during your HIIT routine (try my build your own HIIT routine). Add some weights to your strength training. Cross train. All of these are easy ways to keep the boredom away. These also will help work your total body, making you stronger and healthier.
2. Try Something New
Related to varying your workouts is trying something completely new. Don’t be afraid to try a new exercise out. Be creative. There are millions of options to getting active out there so have fun, especially in summer when the days are long and the weather is warm.
When you are training towards specific goals, it can be super hard to just stop and take some time off (see the benefits of taking a rest day). But rest is essential to allowing your body to recover. If you find yourself hitting a wall, take an extra rest day to relax and regroup. One or two extra occasional rest days won’t affect your fitness level and you will come back refreshed and ready to tackle your goals.
4. Evaluate Your Diet and Training
You want to take a look at your diet and your training plan to evaluate that your body is working like it should. Did you start off running too fast? Are you doing too much too soon? Are you eating enough and the right foods to fuel your workouts? Both diet and how you are training are important for your body to run efficiently. I am trying to refocus this month on a healthier diet, beginning with eating clean when possible, limiting my sugar intake and planning my meals.
5. Remember Why You Train
Take a moment to remember why you are doing what you are doing. What are your goals? What is your motivation? Then take a breath, say a positive mantra and move forward. I love running (especially half marathons) so I keep coming back to it.
Have you ever hit a training wall? How did you move past it?