I'm planning on running Chicago this October. Some of these concepts have been touched on, but they are nevertheless important in dealing with mental burnout - 1) change up your courses and enlist an occasional running buddy, 2) compartmentalize your training into smaller segments - I've been using a 5 week cycle since February - at the end of each cycle, I reward myself with a chunk of recovery running and then a race. 3) absolutely do not train hard every day - 2-3 days of harder training per week should be max for most marathoners
However, you must consider if your burn-out is really psychological versus physical. An elelvation of resting heart rate could indicate over fatigue. You could be anemic. Still other physical causes could be at play.
If I don't feel like going out and hitting it, I'll check all of the above factors. In some cases, one might need a week of very light running to get rejuvenated. There is still plenty of time before October.
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