I’ve received a lot of questions/emails about how to have motivation to run during this time of life. We have no idea when our races will start again and running groups aren’t getting together anymore so I definitely feel/see why so many of us are having less motivation during this time to get in our training. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and trying to figure out what is getting me out each day (when races are usually my biggest motivation for running) during this time. –
My answer is that I’m not motivated currently (I guess I am more now that I have my sister to meet in the mornings for the last 2 weeks. But before that when I was just running solo with zero races to train for and there wasn’t much motivating me)… The thing that gets me out the door to run right now is just knowing that my entire day will go so much better if I do. I just know that going out in fresh air will bring me a better perspective about life, I know it’s good for my body, it gives me patience for homeschooling, the endorphins will bring out the optimist in me and it’s my only way to get in some alone time ha. <— So I guess that counts as motivation ha but what a drastic change to what was my motivation last year.
Long story short, if you aren’t motivated right now you are not alone. But if you are motivated right now, that’s amazing (I’m looking at all of you running ultras/doing all sorts of crazy training). If you are lacking that normal push that you’ve had in the past knowing you have a race in just six weeks or a group to meet up with… rather than focus on the things that aren’t pushing us out the door, focus on all of the things you are getting when you come back in the door after a run and that might help you to continue to train.
I decided when I woke up yesterday that I really wanted to play around with the Hyperion Elite. We had been talking about them the day before on the Brooks phone call and somebody said that the only problem with them is that you can’t run slow in them ha. My sister isn’t wanting speed work yet so since she couldn’t run yesterday I thought it was the perfect day to try them at the track for a short session.
I ran with my Glycerins to the track to warm-up/cool-down home and just carried the Hyperion until I used them at the track. I looked pretty strange carrying a pair of shoes on the streets but I didn’t want to drive anywhere and I didn’t want to waste one step in the elites. They are designed for racing 50-100 miles and you are supposed to do your training in the Hyperion Tempo but I don’t have those yet so I just wanted to see what the Elite felt like.
I did 6-7 (I lost count) 400s and a bunch of 200s. Within the first 100m of speed I noticed a HUGE difference in just how the shoe positioned me to run with better form. I couldn’t believe the way that the shoe made it feel like it sprung me and propelled me to my next step. I’m used to the old Hyperion which is a racing flat and it feels already that the flat has you doing more work to do the same paces compared to the Elite. I’m going to test them out a bit more before I write a full review but I will say this… I think my next marathon will be in them!
Hello old friend. Hawk will be very happy to know that I’m still working on these.
Just so much excitement when Knox came home.
Later on in the day, Andrew and I went on a DATE. Without kids. Just the two of us:) My niece babysat and we got out.
Fajitas from heaven.
Followed by pie.
It was a gorgeous day! While restrictions have been lifted here, it is still very easy to continue social distancing everywhere we go.
And then we continued on by having a lazy day…
And spending some time outside too.
Skye came over and started rubbing my feet last night and it was a very proud parenting moment for me. PS lack of Brooke and Knox pictures yesterday because once they are reunited, they are too busy partying together.
Are you feeling motivated during this time or what is getting you out the door?
Any shoes that you love to use for speed days? Race days?
Favorite type of pie?
If you are running today… what’s your run?