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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Not Feelin' It

By yours truly: @agneadele

 

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don't want to do ANYTHING? You know, that feeling when your motivation is at 0 and the last thing you want to do is get up and go run? We all have those days. It doesn't mean there's something wrong with us-- we are human, after all; it's totally normal to not feel like running! You see pro marathoners and track stars talking about their training schedule and think to yourself, "Huh. That's kinda insane. Don't they ever get sick of it? Burnt out?" The answer is yes, they do. Keep something up long enough, be it a routine or even just a job, and you're bound to get sick of it for a while.

 

I always talk about how much I love running and how we have this kind of intimate relationship, my running shoes and I; but believe it or not, I too have those days where I just don't. Want. To. Run. Nuh uh. *gasp* ...For the past month or so, I've been rising at 4;45 sharp to get dressed in my ratty running shoes and throw on an old 5k shirt and drag my sorry arse down into my basement for a morning cardio session on my treadmill. I'll run anywhere from two to eight miles on a given morning. That gets old. Fast. Lemme tell you, this morning I had NO DRIVE WHATSOEVER. I kept telling myself, "Okay, I'm gonna get up now," but it was no use. But then I was reminded by this poster on my wall that shows a picture of this half naked guy standing in freezing water chopping at the ice with an axe to clear a path for his boat. The caption reads, "WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?" That got me going. After all, I really had no reasonable excuse NOT to run.

 

I hated that run. I was SO out of it. I couldn't get into any semblance of a groove, and I was very, VERY tempted to just step off and call it a day. So, what's up with that? How can we combat this feeling of "I'm just not feeling it?"

 

1) Mix it up! Routines get boring. Your body adjusts to them and they become useless when it comes to challenging you. Run a different route, do hill repeats, try fartleks, throw in some cross training, hula hoop! You can do all kinds of different workouts to help you become a better runner; kickboxing, swimming, martial arts, cycling, lifting weights, calisthenics, yoga, pilates, dog walking, hiking, etc. The possibilities really are endless. Sometimes you just need a challenge to reignite that spark you once had.

 

2) Confide in someone who gets it! You're not alone in this "blah" feeling! Every runner experiences it. It's always nice to have a partner to confide in and just exchange ideas and experiences. We at Run The Race are always open to your questions and 'complaints' about running! Just talking about running when I'm not feeling like running makes me want to go for a run...if that even makes sense. Don't just wallow in your self pity for not having motivation, GET motivation.

 

3) Rest. Sometimes, we just need a break. Our bodies get worn out if we keep up such high intensity workouts for so long. Tone it down, or just take a complete rest day. Besides, if you're on the verge of an injury, you don't want to take any risks.

 

4) Get excited! Remember, running isn't JUST for racing! Take a moment and go for a run just because. It's fun! All too often we take our training too seriously and forget to enjoy the simple act of running in itself.

 

Happy Trails! :)

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