A few months back I wrote a post about how running was like “the best boyfriend ever” where I fawned over how great running made me feel and we were just so sympatico. I looked forward to every run like it was hot date with new beau who left me completely satisfied and exhilarated. Fast forward a few months and well, running is hard.
I still love running but all of the sudden we are not so in sync with each other. Running is no longer the hot date that leaves me satisfied. Running has become the relationship that I have to work on again. My runs are leaving me frustrated and exhausted. My heart is certainly in it but my body does not want to cooperate. I have not been able to run at my normal pace for the last month. Like most relationships, running is complicated and right now running is hard.
I’ve been racking my brain to come up with some of the reasons this might be going on. In trying to look at this objectively, I’ve come up with list of 8 ways one might regain their running mojo.
When Running Is Hard
8 Ways to Regain your Mojo:
Talk to yourself like you would a friend– Stop getting down on yourself and talk to yourself how you would actually speak to a friend.
Check in on your recovery strategies– Are you stretching and resting etc. the same way that you have in the past? Does your body need more?
Take a break-Yes actually take a short break from running and cross train
Run More-When something is hard you may need to do it more often. Instead of running 3 longer runs a week perhaps try 5 shorter runs.
Ditch the watch-Just stop relying on numbers and run by feel and effort.
Reevaluate your goals-Are you trying to do too much for you right now? Are you following a plan that may be too aggressive for example?
Run with a group-Sometimes chatting away with friends distracts you enough to forget that it feels hard.
Check in on your form-Have you gotten lazy with your form or fallen back into old habits?
I will be trying each and every one of these strategies myself in my desperate attempt to get my running mojo back. I so want to rekindle that sweaty & satisfying relationship we had just a short time ago.
So tell me, is running ever hard for you? What do you do when it is?
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