Monday, October 19, 2015

Lack of Motivation

I love running and have made a ton of progress this year by successfully tackling new and longer distances and also improving my times for short distances.

The past week, though...yeah...I'm just not feeling it.

I've found myself facing a severe lack of motivation lately and have been struggling to force myself to go for a run. I always feel amazing after I've run, and I always think, "That was great! I can't wait to do it again!" But then getting out there again the next day is a serious fight and a test of will.

Long runs? No thank you. Easy runs? Yeah...maybe not. Cross training? Not tonight. Okay, fine, I guess I'll run home from work tonight, but only because I was smart enough to bring my running clothes and leave my CTA card at home, so I have no other choice.

I've been sleeping late and making excuses and skipping workouts and just generally disappointing myself. Because that is the hard part of it all...the feeling of disappointment with myself and my actions, or lack of actions in this case.

I'm not sure what is happening. Maybe this is my body's way of telling me I need some rest. No matter what, I hope this running malaise goes away soon. I don't like that something I have grown to love now feels like a chore.


  1. Remember that everyone needs some rest periods-- or off season-- from training! Often times this is the few weeks/month following your big race, and sometimes with shorter recovery periods of no serious training after intermediate races as well. You've had a big year (Congrats!) and have been training pretty consistently since spring time at least (?). It's OK to not run too much for a little while-- make it a priority to maybe get some non-running activity in- Yoga, walking, etc. When you're ready to come back, you'll love it more- and be rejuvenated to run!

    1. Thanks, Lauren. As usual, you are very kind and very wise.