Updated: Apr 21
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:
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
Take a real rest day - this is REALLY hard for me
Meditation and mindfulness
I know this will take some time, but I must be patient.