Plateauing refers to a period of hitting the limits of our capabilities: no matter how much effort we put in, it seems like we can’t make any progress toward our goals. These limitations can appear internally (such as an inability to master a skill) or externally (such as not having an opportunity or opening to display our skills). Plateauing can trigger intense frustration and even despair. We can become judgmental toward ourselves and others as we look for something to blame, and we can start looking for shortcuts or quick fixes that don’t align with our values. But plateaus are frequently a natural part of any developmental journey—whether physical, mental, or spiritual—and can provide a wisdom all their own.
Marathon running training . . . it’s a grind! Whether you’re about to run your first or tenth marathon, you’re probably looking at a 16+ week training plan! In this post, we break that plan into 3 phases, guaranteed to keep it fun, interesting and effective all the way through the finish line!
“It was a downward spiral for about three years. I just reached a natural point where I felt that I wasn’t going to see immediate results anymore and that was hard for me to accept. I did the same thing every single day for so long that I could just tell I was not improving.
We’ve all been there. You’re kicking ass at your goals, feeling so much stronger, hitting new PRs every week, noticing how much looser your jeans are starting to feel… And then one day, it all just stops. The number of push ups you can do stays the same, for a long time.
Plateauing happens to athletes at all levels. It’s good for training regimens to become a way of life, but doing those sessions over and over again can become like mindlessly checking a box. Inputs remain the same–which can be detrimental to increasing performance outputs.