motivation makes a comeback

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?

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  1. says

    My motivation (and my outlook) made a comeback today as well and I had a good run. Followed by some chocolate milk, of course :)

    I’m usually training for a race so that gets my butt in gear. When I’m not actively training, I cut myself some slack.

  2. says

    I think taking a step back really reels it in sometimes. Great job, glad you had a nice run out today, since it looks like tomorrow will be a white-out [again].

  3. says

    when i lack motivation, i usually take a day off! it makes me all the more excited to get back into the running groove the next day. :)
    glad your motivation returned, too!

  4. says

    Dang girl! You rocked that run!
    When I am not in the mood for anything, I just simply take a break from it. Then I realize how much I miss it and want to get back into it.

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