Over the weekend, I was seriously lacking my running motivation. I wanted my runs to be over before they even started, and that is not the way to start runs that last almost an hour. But I trucked through, as the bad runs are what makes the good runs that much better. Running can’t be peachy all the time, now can it? (Oh how I wish it was!)
Anyway, due to a serious lack of motivation over the weekend (and a really late start to Sunday!), I ended up moving my long run to today, as I had the day off and could definitely get my run in, hoping that motivation would return. With a few adjustments to my normal running pattern, I had a fabulous run that reminded why I get out there every day. What did I do differently? Check it out:
Paid more attention to my surroundings. I often have tunnel vision when I run, but I took the time to look around me and see what was going on. To the runner who ran by in slippers (no joke), if you see this, I will buy you a pair of shoes. Or at least a new pair of slippers.
Say hi to people who I passed. Sometimes people aren’t super friendly, but I was over on the west side highway and not tons of people were out, so I said hi to people. One guy yelled back, “I can’t wait for tomorrow!” I have no idea what that meant, but I guess I’ll take it.
(Tried to) slow down. You know that whole “run slow to run fast” thing? I, um, clearly don’t follow that advice. Not that I don’t think it’s good advice, but I usually get out there and just do what my legs feel like. Perhaps that was why I felt tired and lacked motivation, so I made myself promise to run slower. I tried to keep all my miles over eight minutes, which failed at the end, but I will admit that I felt much better at the beginning of my run and keeping my pace in check definitely helped my legs feel good. I think this was the ticket.
So how’d it go overall? Stats are always fun:
Tuesday, January 11 (1/11/11…how fun!)
14.07 miles in 1:50:52, avg pace of 7:53
Splits: 8:04, 8:22, 7:54, 7:59, 8:00, 7:53, 8:02, 7:51, 7:57, 7:43, 7:43, 7:45, 7:21, 7:47
So major pace fail at the end, but I loved this run and got my running motivation back! Ended the run with a delicious chocolate milk (great post-run recovery drink, in my opinion), so you can’t beat that. I’m glad to have my motivation back…I knew it was just in hiding, waiting to show its face again.
What do you do when your motivation is lacking? How do you feel about the “run slow to run fast” philosophy?