Bad runs, we've all had them. But what about a series of bad runs, a "running slump" if you will. This past month has been a bad one for me. My professional life has been a disaster to say the least. And my running hasn't been much better, not to mention my shoe frustration. My running is usually my outlet for stress. When I have a bad day at work, I can usually run it off. But I haven't had a run yet this month that hasn't been affected by decreased endurance or pain of some sort, so I haven't been able to let go of the work stress. I've been bringing it home with me which affects my sleep pattern. It's just been horrible, vicious cycle. I'm hoping new shoes and some changes in my professional life will help me break out of this slump. I'm also thinking that finding an alternate form of exercise/workout would help to regulate things again. One of my goals for 2012 is to focus on cross-training on my non-running days as an additional outlet for stress and to regain some of the endurance and flexibility that I've lost lately.
Have you ever had a running slump?? If so, why? And how did you handle/break it?