Monday, November 8, 2010

Where has my motivation gone?

I'm having a heck of a time getting back into a solid running routine, it's been more than a month since St. George but my mileage is virtually non-existent.  I'm getting in maybe two runs per week and that is only if I can find someone to run with; I haven't been out by myself in weeks.

Am I still recovering?
Is the weather getting to me (RAIN)?
Do I just need a break?
Do I need to sign up for something?

I have some fun events coming up, a Turkey Trot and a Holiday Lights run between now and the end of the month.  I know I will have a blast at these events and I can do the distance in my sleep; read between the lines UNTRAINED.

I'm signed up for a half in the middle of December; I hope I find my motivation by then.

I think I need a virtual "kick in the butt" or some kind, thoughtful words of motivation.......

You know, I never regret the run (or workout) once I am out the door; it is just so hard sometimes to get out the door - does anyone else ever feel like this?

It must be Monday :-)


  1. I vote all of the above. So you're taking a break. You've had a big (wonderful!) year. Don't beat yourself up about it, just enjoy the 'downtime'.

  2. i always have a hard time especially when its getting dark so early...and there aren't people to run with. i hope that you are able to find that magic bullet that propels you forward.

  3. I think everyone agrees that Step 1 is getting out the door.
    Always have your running gear ready and you quickly get rid of that excuse.
    I like to give people 26.2 days to recover and then get your butt back on the road. I think it would be cool to see a nice training plan to get you good results in that Half!

  4. I think there are 2 steps: the first get out the door and the second to plan a steady program towards a goal (and nothing must stop you. Thinking also to the last chance of the "dreadmill" if the weather is terrible).
    Good luck.

  5. I hope you find your mojo again soon! It can be hard to get out there without a concrete goal looming over your head... I am already workong on my race schedule and training plan(s) for next year, which is helping to keep me motiovated to maintain a strong base over the next couple of months.

    Good luck and hang in there!

  6. I found your blog through Amber's. I know the weather is getting kind of yucky but I found this quote I like ~

    "Sunshine is delicious,
    Rain is refreshing,
    Wind braces us up,
    Snow is exhilarating,
    There's really no such thing as bad weather,
    Only different kinds of good weather."

    It reminds me how lucky I am that I CAN any least "I can".

  7. Oh I hear you...on the one hand, I'm thrilled that I can run pain free again...on the other, it's hard to get out there...sigh. For example, right now, I should be getting out for a run...okay, I'm going :)

  8. Yes Kathy, I really enjoy the Philly Marathon, and had I signed up earlier in the year, I would be doing it again.
    Temperature is unpredictable, I've been in freezing temps versus last year with perfect 50 degree temps.
    I describe the course as Fast and Flat with Rolling Hills, you get great crowd support for the first Half, then you have about 4 miles of solitude before an out-and-back in the crazy drunken town of Manayunk, followed by more solitude but a hero's welcome as you approach the Finish.

  9. It IS hard just getting out the door after you've had some down time. I'm sure I'll be singing that song in the next few weeks. For now, I just want to rest and not worry about NOT running!!! I know you get it!
    I agree with your comment about NYC Marathon, I'll never forget it!

  10. Hi Kathy,
    I know how you feel! I went through the same thing. The mojo will return...I promise:) Take care of yourself and keep smiling!

  11. Sounds like the running / racing blues. Dont worry you will come out of it soon enough