I’ve lost my running mojo.
I’m pretty sure I lost it around mile 19 of the Berlin Marathon, and I haven’t seen it since.
I haven’t run since the Berlin Marathon nearly four weeks ago. It may well be the longest I’ve not run since I first started running over four years ago. I gave myself a week off from running after the marathon, then planned a few gym sessions in St Lucia which didn’t happen. I’ve now been back from hols for two weeks and have worked out a measly three times.
I’ve been busy. I’ve been ill. I’ve been recovering. The excuses don’t really fly anymore. The truth is I just haven’t been feeling it, but I’m hoping that will change soon.
Here’s my advice for getting your mojo back (advice that I’m trying to follow myself!)
Start out short– even though the last run I did was 26 plus miles, doesn’t mean the next one has to be on the same scale. It doesn’t have to be a long run, or even double digits. Start short, with a 2-4 mile run. Every little helps as they say.
Sign up for races- I love races, whether I’m running for fun, aiming for a new PB or using a race as a training run. There’s just something about running around an organised course and guaranteed medal that makes it more fun. It also gives me something to train for, even if it’s just to make it round the course.
I’m signed up for a couple of races between November and February to keep me ticking along.
Reach for another goal- It can be hard to keep motivated when you don’t have a goal you’re working towards. Having a reason to go for a run or complete a training session is great incentive to make it happen. With a marathon off the cards for next year, I’ve got my eyes on a brand new half marathon PB in the new year. I’m looking up flat half courses to enter in March- perhaps the Reading half as my goal race.
Run with friends- Running with friends can take the pressure off pace and ensures that the miles fly by. It doesn’t matter if you run 2 miles then stop for coffee and cake, or run 12 miles whilst nattering away. Having someone to meet and chat with helps get me out of the door when I’m struggling. I’m excited to see of my blogger running buds this evening at the Osterley Night Run. Tom’s running too!
Try a different run-If you always run half marathons, why not try a 5K or an obstacle course? I’ve signed up for Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest in November to try out something new, and to run with Tom and my step-brother. I was supposed to be running Tough Mudder today, but a full day of lectures means that I had to postpone until May. Bring it on.
Don’t stress about it- It doesn’t matter if you’re not running as long as you’re moving. Take the time to try out some classes or new exercises until you get your fitness and running mojo back!
What are your tips for getting my mojo back?