In response to the original question: If you are enjoying your runs physically, you will likely recover "that runnin' feeling" within a week or two. It couldn't hurt to shake things up a bit by trying a different route, running with another person or group, or signing up for a summer fun run. Unless you are starting to hate running, it might be best to push through this. Part of mental burnout, I believe, is facing the reality of marathon training. The "first marathon" goal is very powerful during the initial phase of training, but it is tough to maintain a high level of excitement about an event months down the road. I find that one of my favorite motivational tools is reading about running, both the physical and psychological aspects. Try reading "First Marathons" by Gail Waesche Kislevitz.
In response to some of the other posts: Walk breaks make marathon training possible for me and speed recovery (I have rheumatoid arthritis). For many who walk marathons or take walk breaks, the event is just as physically demanding as for runners who do not walk at all. EVERY PERSON on a marathon course has lived through many challenges during the months of training, some significant and life-altering. Let's celebrate the courage of people who show up and do their best, regardless of method or finishing time!
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