My alarm goes off at 6:15am and the very last thing I want to do is get out of bed and battle the cold temps for a 90 minute run on Monday morning and that 45 minute afternoon double sounds worse than going to the dentist. Every single runner at some points gets in a mental rut and lacks the motivation to train, and let me tell ya, I’ve been there for about 2.5 weeks. After CIM this past December, I took a full month of downtime–I worked, traveled and only ran once a day without workouts. When I got back to Toledo around January 1, I was motivated and excited to tackle my next segment of training. For a solid 4-5 weeks, I was knocking out 120-125 mile weeks no problem and then the first week of March hit me like a ton of bricks.
I’ve spent the past few days reflecting and thinking of strategies to embrace the daily grind of training.
- Be thankful–Each morning this week, I have tried to spend the first few miles of every run being thankful for the opportunity to run. It is easy to take health for granted and even though I actually wished an injury upon myself two weeks ago, I know deep down, that would make me very miserable.
- Enjoy the surroundings–Instead of being grumpy every morning, I’ve tried to enjoy the routes, the trails or the sunrise each morning on my run.
- Take an unplanned day off and don’t feel guilty!!
- Stay in a routine–I’ve struggled with getting my body on a good sleeping routine with traveling and daylight savings but this is key for me. I’m the type of person that can eat the same exact thing for dinner 5 days a week because it’s comfortable and predictable. I’m all about routine and as soon as I’m thrown off, I freak out. Sometimes a big down week in training makes me less motivated because instead of running twice a day and having my day perfectly planned, I can postpone a morning run until the afternoon but then I’m always on edge until that run is over. Routine. Routine. Routine.
- Have FUN–No one is forcing me to train. I do this because I love it. I don’t have any obligation to a team, shoe/apparel company, etc. I run because it is a part of who I am and not who I am. This week I’ve tried to take a step back, run easy and enjoy the company of new running easy to lose the joy when you are struggling but it’s in those moments of struggle that make you a stronger runner and person.