I sat down to write this blog post and had a list of topics to talk about. Then I opened my email and found one from my friends Amanda over at Run to the Finish. It had a link that led me to a post title “Get Back Your Running Mojo.” Was she reading my mind?
I always love Amanda’s post because even though she is a kick ass (and pretty speedy) runner and coach, she is also down to earth. She has bad days just like the rest of us. In her post she shared 4 ways to help get your mojo back:
- Challenge Yourself
- Embrace It
- Attitude check?
I hate to admit this but I haven’t run since May 3rd. I was already having issues keeping motivated with my running and was hoping that the race I did in Tampa that day would kinda kick start things. It did, but it didn’t last long. A few days later I was at my mom’s for mother’s day weekend and then three days later Pepper died. Getting myself motivated to do ANYTHING after that was difficult and running definitely wasn’t on the top of that list. I knew I needed to run, but I just couldn’t get myself out the door.
Last weekend Karen convinced me to go to her sister’s yoga class. Susie was going to be leaving for the summer and it would be the last class until after she got back. I hadn’t seen Karen in awhile and the thought of spending some time with her and doing some outdoor yoga made me happy. I enjoyed the practice, got to see Karen, left feeling a little more centered AND a little more motivated. That afternoon I found out about a killer deal at the gym I was looking at joining and ended up signing up for a whole year (I saved $108!).
I didn’t have a chance to run this week, but I thought about it every day (which is more than I can say about the 21 days before that). My schedule for this week is a little light and I’m hoping to try out the new gym. By the time I get home from work its a bit to hot outside and I’m not one of those people that can get up at the asscrack of dawn to run before work. I’m not a fan of the treadmill, but its WAY better than running outside in the 95+ degree heat.
The new gym offers a yoga class and there is my “regular” Yoga for Runners class at the Fleet Feet near my house. I’m hoping to do one of those eat week to keep myself moving and out of the heat. There are a couple other classes at the gym I might try out as well. Gotta keep things interesting right?
Amanda’s post reminded me that its okay to fall off the wagon. That its okay to “embrace the suck.” But I need to get back on that wagon AND get passed the suck, and its my job to make that happen. So I’m gonna switch things up, lace up those running shoes, and remind myself why I fell in love with running in the first place. And if I happen to misplace a couple of pounds along the way, that would be okay too.