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I Need Some Motivation

Updated: Apr 21, 2023

Newsletter Quote of the Week: It started to become what I looked forward to most; it was the only time I got to be in my own head. - Rob Riggle

From The Soul of My Shoe

Lately, I feel like I’m in a running slump. I’m just not excited to run and do not get the euphoric feeling that I once had during my runs. Running used to make me feel less stressed out, however, now, it has become one of my stressors. There are times when I feel that running is just checking off a to-do list.


“Did you make the bed?” - check


“Did you make all the lunches?” - check


“Did you run today?” - check


“Did you buy milk?” - check


I’m not sure exactly when this started, but I do remember feeling this way beginning the training cycle for the 2022 New York City Marathon. My heart was not in it and that definitely translated into my runs. I have been almost obsessively going over how to remedy this issue.

I just completed a course on Health and Science related to Coaching High School Sports and one of the topics discussed at length was mental health and resiliency. This funk that I have myself in has had its effect on my mental wellbeing. I keep beating myself up over why I no longer feel this love of running.

This burnout has to end, but I here are few ways that I came up with that will reignite my love of running again:

Run outside


Lately I have been running a little too much on the treadmill, but since the temperatures are starting to warm-up a bit, hopefully I can meet up with a few NewRo Runners early in the morning for weekday runs


Anyone running around 5/5:30 am - contact me!!


Vary my workouts:


Take a boot camp class (OrangeTheory or Peloton)


Pair running with strength training


Sign-up for a goal race


I have the Shape Half coming up, but I want to redeem my last half marathon time - I just have to stay positive!


Find new running routes


Take a run vacation from our usual running routes and find somewhere new to run (anyone have new routes in mind?!)


Take an active rest day


Power walk instead of run


Yoga


Pilates


Take a real rest day - this is REALLY hard for me


Meditation and mindfulness


SLEEP!!!

I know this will take some time, but I must be patient.

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