It happens to every single runner out there- sometimes you just lose your motivation.
You start a training plan and you are overly excited to hit every pace/mile/step perfectly. You set a goal and know that you will do anything you possibly can to hit that goal.
But then somewhere along the way you lose your motivation (a little or a lot) and it is harder to get out for your run (but you do it anyways because runners are strong like that).
I don’t know if is just because the temperatures are getting colder or because I am still tired from my 20 miler… maybe it is because I have been training hard (for me) for a few months now or because I have a lot of emotional stuff going on but my motivation has definitely dropped this week.
That is okay. It is normal for us to not always be excited for our alarm clock to go off to get up for our runs or to put on our running shoes, actually that is normal.
Here are some things that I am doing to get my running motivation back:
1. Revisit your goals. Yep, I have my goals written down and it helps me to read over them again and really think about what it will take to get my goals.
2. Read running magazines. This may not work for you but it always gets me more excited about running.
3. Give yourself some time off/lower your mileage/skip a hard workout or two. I am not going to take time off because CIM will be here before you know it but I did cut my tempo run out yesterday (also because my hips were tight) and I might cut my long run down a little this weekend to help with the mental burnout. Our minds and bodies really can only handle so much (you can work on building that up;) so give yourself a break and next week you will be feeling a lot better.
4. Recruit people. I already have someone recruited to do my hard workouts with me next week. That always gives me motivation to get out the door.
5. Accept it and move on. I am just accepting that the last few runs have felt really off for me and I am going to move forward. We all know that after an off week is always a REALLY good running week. Just know that it is normal to lose your motivation every now and then and that should help you to not stress out about it.
6. Instagram. Holy cow… this always motivates me. Seeing other people’s awesome workouts and races always motivate me to get my run in.
7. Watch movies like THIS one. Thank goodness for YouTube because I think you can find a million running videos that will inspire you.
8. Talk to someone about it. My poor mom has probably heard a little too much running talk since I have moved in. It just helps to get it out of your system and usually the person you are talking to can pick up on the reasons you feel unmotivated and help you find ways to get motivated again.
9. If your lack of motivation is just because you are tired and you are just having a bad day…. show yourself some tough love and just go out and do it. Stop the complaining and run it out of your system. You will always come back in a better mood.
For example here is what happened this morning when I walked up the stairs and saw my mom.
Mom: What’s wrong?
Janae: Just kind of sad.
Mom: Well, then go run it off.
And that I did.
She knows me too well and like always it worked.
(7:21, 7:22, 7:12, 7:09, 6:52, 6:50 and 6:47)
10. Remember why you run. If you are putting too much pressure on yourself then take a step back and think about the real reason you run and ease up on yourself a little bit (I mean, women rarely put too much pressure on themselves;)
Bonus: This one is especially for me. Don’t eat bags of candy late at night because when you wake up you will lack any and all motivation to do anything but eat more candy. I am working on it:)
For the random Brooke fact of the day…
(Don’t worry the curling iron is off) Brooke always sits in the sink while I do my make-up and today she grabbed the brush and opened up the powder and started putting it on. 14 months. I guess she kind of watches what I do.
How is your running motivation right now? High.. Low.. Somewhere in between?
What do you do to get motivated again?
Would you rather run in the extreme heat or the extreme cold?
What is one of your current running goals?