I ran into a big rut and didn’t know how to get out of it. I was doing less miles than normal and feeling unmotivated to do anything. This carried on for a miserable month long struggle between being a dedicated runner and calling a timeout and taking a break.
Instead of dwelling and sulking, I decided to put myself out there and really challenge myself – both physically and mentally – by going to group runs, finding running partners, and lifting weights while I waited on my puppy. (I know! It’s crazy, but putting dumbbells outside and lifting weights while my dog took care of business got me doing what I wasn’t doing!) And slowly, but surely I came around. But it wasn’t without a tiny bit of luck…
Carly and I went to the Haddonfield Running Company for a group run and I won an entry to a Winery Cross Country/Road Race. It was exactly what I needed for motivation! How can I not be excited to lace up cross country spikes when I didn’t have to do anything to register?! So what did I do when I got home? Naturally, signed up for 2 more 5k road races! Duh.
Here’s what you can do when you’re lacking motivation:
- Get training partners. Even a few days a week running with someone, anyone will get you out the door and your mileage in. Nothing says accountability like meeting a friend for a run. Find faster partners for your long runs and workouts and a slower partner for your easy days. That way you’re challenged when you need to be and in control when you have to be.
- Sign up for races. You’re committing to at least 1 morning of getting up before the sun does to run fast. That deadline will help you set mini-benchmarks for you to hit. I’d suggest a race 5-7 weeks in advance (depending on your current fitness) as your “jump start race” and then get going with some training.
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What do you do when you’re really lacking motivation and energy to go for a run?