Want to hear a secret?
I haven’t liked running the past few days.
Like really. I haven’t.
It’s strange because the past few weeks I was on a constant runner’s high! I felt amazing, was running quicker than normal and felt like I could do a long run everyday of the week (don’t worry, I didn’t. I’m trying to be smart and not get injured blah blah blah.)
But that doesn’t always last…
My recent disdain for running began this Saturday during my 10 mile run. It was beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.
But my head wasn’t in it and neither were my legs.
I was ready for it to be over by mile 1, ready to ditch my water bottle by mile 4 because those 2 lbs were just wayyyy to heavy to carry and by mile 7 I probably could have crawled just as fast as I was running.
Unfortunately, dwelling on how this run (plus my past two) sucked isn’t going to help, so it’s time to come up with ways to get over this little hiccup……
1. Start fresh – forget about your bad runs and look forward. Don’t over analyze, don’t compare, just move forward (coming from the girl who’s writing a whole post on her craptastic runs haaaaaaa angel face emoji)
2. Spice things up – make a new playlist, map out an exciting new running route, find a friend to run with, make up a new game to keep your mind occupied (I like to keep track of how many runners smile back at me), do intervals….whatever it is, just find something that will make you excited to run again!
3. Rest – maybe your body is telling you something? Take that extra rest day and do something fun in place of the run….like sit on the couch and watch Bravo.
4. When in doubt, bitch it out – complain, bitch, moan, groan….just let it all out. Acceptance is the first step to recovery, right? (tip: complain to another runner who will actually sympathize with you and not want to smack you)
5. Make yourself accountable – whether you say a goal out loud to a friend or you post it somewhere on social media, there’s a good chance you will actually stick to it. Example: Facebook status: OMG TOTES RUNNING 3 MILES IN THE MORNING! Facebook comments: “something motivational” “something about you being crazy” “someone asking you how it went” …..the LAST thing you want is to comment back and say “nope sorry, Millionaire Matchmaker came on, decided to bail on the run! Patty is soooooo wise!”
6. Sign up for a race – if you’re experiencing a longterm running rut and can’t seem to find any motivation, sign up for a race! Starting a training plan is a great way to kickstart your return to running. If races aren’t in your budget, come up with your own! Decide on a date, create a route, invite some friends and start the training!
How do you pull yourself out of a running funk?