Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Motivation?


I have a confession. I’m deep into training for the Chicago marathon, but my heart is just not in it. Running has become a chore, something that I have to do, not something that I want to do and I just don’t know how to get my motivation back. This morning I was reading blogs and I read a post by Candice at I Have Run titled: Falling in Love Again. She pretty much put into words what I have been feeling for the past month now, especially when she says “I have been logging the miles because my training plan says I should, but I haven’t looked forward to running for awhile now. I want to fall back in love with running.” And all I have to say is: Me too! Me too!

I have even contemplated NOT running a fall marathon this year. I freaking can’t believe those words just came out of my mouth. I’m at the point in my training where I will soon be getting into the 18 and 20 milers, so I can’t just give up now; I’ve invested way too much time. So I think that I will just take this one day at a time and set some realistic goals for the coming weeks. More importantly, I am going to take responsibility for my training and stop making excuses when something doesn’t go right. No sense in blaming it on the weather or whining because of my lack of lung capacity, these are things that I can’t control. I am going to focus on things that I can control like adequate fueling, sleep, and my attitude. I am responsible for these things. Me and only me. I will see how I feel in a few weeks and re-evaluate my goals again.

Shit, I don't want to have to change the url of this blog to tara hates to run instead of tara loves to run.

In other news: Lance Armstrong made an announcement this morning at the capitol building in downtown Denver. They are bringing a Pro cycling race to Colorado! I am super excited about this! The race will be held next August and I am already trying to come up with an “illness” that will get me out of work that week.

Check back later in the week, I will be doing a review of G and G2 Natural products.

29 comments:

Candice @ I Have Run said...

It is always nice to know someone else is going through the same thing you are stuggling with. We will get through this slump and make the most of our marathons. I like the idea of focusing on the things you can control. I may not get my run in today, but that doesn't mean I can't eat right and get some extra sleep tonight!

Runners Fuel said...

Try changing your route or giving yourself a treat at the end??

Alma F. said...

I'm sorry you're in a rut. Would it help to start running with someone for your workouts? That might make it seem more like fun time, less like training for a while?

Laurie said...

Oh, I hate being in the "runner's funk". Hang in there, you're bound to have a really great run soon that will help reignite that love affair.

I'm sure, with a year to plan, you can come up with a great illness to miss work with. ;)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I kinda feel like a number of folks have been going through this and I think it's because we stopped letting running be fun and started making it all about hitting certain paces...I never used to follow a plan and I loved it a lot more than I do right now

Anne said...

Hang in there Tara...before you know it...you'll be loving it again!

Whitney said...

This seems to be a common theme this week in a lot of the blogs that I'm reading. I'm blaming it on the weather. It's too hot and it's melting everyone's motivation and willpower and everything else.
Like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Christina said...

It might be the weather. But sometimes it might be the plain fact that running is not easy!
Try to remember why you enjoy running in the first place.
For me, it was the ability to run a few more steps than the previous day. It was the happy feeling I feel after each run, like I actually accomplished something that day.
As we become more seasoned runners, we forget the beauty in just getting out there, putting those feet in the ground, one after another. Smell the air, hear the birds, and dodge the cars. :)
I hope you get out of your rut soon.

Julie said...

Welcome back Tara! I have missed you:)

I think we all go through little running funks every now and then. I am going through a little one myself...feeling a little blah on my runs:( Hang in there, I think it is something that will pass! You will feel the excitement of getting out there on your runs again soon! Keep smiling and stay positive:)

Iron Mike said...

Sometimes training wears you down. Not sure if you've taken a week or so off, but that can help.

I also like to look back at my training log, remind myself how hard I worked in the past. Good motivator.

Teamarcia said...

You are so not alone! I am going through my biggest running funk ever. I just keep on keepin' on, whatever the pace. I too have entertained bagging Chicago...
Can't wait to meet you in a couple of weeks! : )

Laura@Run_Eat_Date said...

Hang in! The last time I was in a funk, I got some awesome advice - similar to Iron Mike - take a few days off. It happened just around the time I was at where you are with marathon training. I took three days off and it did the trick.

Molly said...

Tara!

Dude, I'm sorry to hear you're in a rut. Is there any way you can change up your routes or time of day or something different to shake things up? You'll get through it, like you said, just don't give up.

I've thought of you and Kristen (Will Run for Wine) lately on my long runs, and some of the things you guys wrote while you were doing your training.....and that has definitely helped to keep my ass moving.

: )

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ajh said...

Glad to see you back here!

I could have said this same stuff three weeks ago.Then I did sign up for a marathon and have gotten excited Then the heel pain started or got worse. So now I have the motivation but not the ability. It is always something. Good luck!

ShutUpandRun said...

Oh girl I so get it. Running does feel like a chore sometimes. I think when you are marathon training you will go through these times. No one loves it all the time and if they say they do they are lying. It is drudgery. And hard. And time consuming. Honestly I have a tough time getting out the door sometimes, but I always feel good after a run and glad I did it. That keeps me going. That and the joy of completing a race and knowing I worked hard for it. Can we go our for beers soon? We need a support group.

Jamie said...

I felt the same exact way about this time last year while training for Chicago. Sometimes the slightest change helps. Also taking a couple days off that aren't necessarily called for help too. Good luck finding your running mojo!

Jill said...

I think many people feel that way in their marathon training. I did for my marathon and couldn't wait for it to be over so I could run for fun. You will get over it...promose. Keep up the work. Sometimes I couldn't think about my run the next day...I kind of went on auto-pilot, but once I started and finished I felt amazing. You are almost there...keep it up.

Angie Bishop said...

Try running barefoot :) Its a delightful experience!

Jill said...

Hey girlie...fun swimming with you tonight. You said 30 minutes and we hit it right on the dot! :)

As you know, I love marathon training and every single aspect that goes along with it, but when your hearts not in it, you're setting youself up for a miserable race. Give it a few weeks and see how you feel and bag it if it's not for you. You have tons of time to do one when you feel up for it, don't force it. Who knows, it may all turn around but really, don't make it own you!

Hugs, girl!! We'll get a margarita next week when Marcia's here and vent our running frustartions!!

Jennifer said...

Bummer Tara! But it does happen to many folks. I had it too, I am switching it up by only running three dyas a week and swimming and riding one other. It sure helped me alot and I find I am stronger and my brain is happier. Good luck and keep at it, you'll refind your focus and your love!

Jesse said...

Sorry you're going through the funk. I think Candice had a great idea when she decided to through out her training plan. It seems like we get too wrapped up in "have to" sometimes. You've already run a marathon, and if you decide to keep going for another, you know what it takes to make it to the finish line - you could just do it on your schedule, not someone else's.

Katie A. said...

I've been missing you!!!

I've also been here, and usually I just put my head down and keep running and know that it will be short lived. But I know yours hasn't been so easy. Taking it one day at a time, or one run at a time is the best way to fight the running blues.

So cool Lance is coming to your city! I'm jealous!
Good luck with your runs this week!

Laura said...

I'm sorry you don't have motivation right now. Hang in there---you should download some new music, that always helps me. Of course I don't go on 18 mile runs either. :) You'll get it back soon!

Keri said...

I am struggling right now too. It is just so hot right now that I know it effects everything, including my attitude. When you break a sweat loading groceries...

Hey, it is only what 10 weeks until Chicago? I have got to get a run in over 15 miles sometime soon. My last two long runs were 10 miles. One of them was because my Garmin batter died. That is a great excuse to stop, right?

Erin said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're losing that lovin' feelin' for running, what a drag! But be assured that it happens to us all. If you want something to pump you up about running, you should totally read Born To Run. You will LOVE it. I couldn't put it down!

COTY said...

hang in there !

Meg said...

I've had funks like that and it seems like surrounding yourself with positive, enthusiastic, motivating people is the answer. I also think that if there is any pressure involved in training or racing, it just isn't fun for me so that's huge, too. Last night I got together with a group of girls from track...positive, on-fire girls who just make me want to do fun things like bike, swim and enjoy fitness...would that help? Wish you were closer :) and we could concoct some fun!!

Paul Rhodes said...

i read Ultra Runner David Goggins has always hated running and thats why he does it, to test himself, to line up against something he hates on purpose..sounds abit of a hardnut but it has helped me look inward when im feeling fed up of running, to get back in touch with the s[orotual benefits...solitude, just me and the road...you can find the joy again