Lost My Motivation

The title says it all…I’ve lost my motivation to train. 😦

I want to train, I can train but I’ve just lost my drive….my motivation….my passion to run right now.

And that kinda sucks. 😦

I have the 10k EPIC Canadian race on June 28th that I was hoping to do well in but feel like at this point if I can just finish the 10k, that will be an accomplishment. I am following the same training schedule I did for the Bluenose 10k but have missed far to many days because I’m tired or I just don’t want to run.Β Who says that? “I just don’t want to run”?!?!?!?!?

Maybe I’m just afraid to fail….fail at getting PB again? Maybe, maybe not. I think it’s more I am afraid to fail at achieving my goal of completing a 10k under 60 minutes again.


It’s the trying part I’m failing at….I just can’t seem to bring myself to train well right now. I guess you have to have a runner’s low before you can get back to your runner’s high.

Wow…clearly I’m a “Debby the downer” today…here’s something sweet for ya:


Like mother, like daughter.

Ever get in a slump with your training?

Any tips on how to get out of it?

How was your weekend?


34 thoughts on “Lost My Motivation

  1. Plan everything out the night before (when you’ll wake up, where you’ll run, how far you’ll go, what you’re going to wear) so that when your alarm goes off you can get dressed and out the door on autopilot. It can be really hard to convince yourself to get up and do all that ‘planning’ work early in the morning when you’d rather stay in bed. Make it as easy as possible to get up and go! Good luck!

    • I usually have my running gear all ready to go…but have to run at night once my girls are asleep. If I run in the morning there is a good chance one of them will be up or in my bed – joys of teething and sickness πŸ˜‰

    • Funny you say that because I think that’s what I was doing “being to hard on myself”. I ended up not running last night and last minute decided a DVD workout was going to be a good idea. And it was,felt great afterwards.

  2. I have been walking carrying Ryder and pushing Owen, biking pulling them in the trailer, but only ran a couple times in May by myself. Soccer has started too, it tough, I’m lacking motivation too.

    • It’s hard, eh! Carrying little ones is like a workout in itself! I wish I was back in soccer this summer but it’s just not in the books and that’s okay. We’ll get there πŸ™‚

  3. I would take the pressure of getting under 60 minutes again off. Just do your best now and let however you do at your next 10k be what it is. You can still prep yourself to do well in the race, you’ve got 3 weeks! You’ve already done some awesome races this year though so don’t beat yourself up if you need to take it a bit easy on your running goals.

    • I’ve managed to change my focus for my run so I put less pressure on myself now but i’m sure come race day I’ll be wanting to go full out! I think I’m too focused on my training plan and the fact that I’m not really sticking to it.
      I managed a workout last night and it was just what I needed (not running).
      And congrats on your 10K!

  4. Maybe this little ‘blah’ time is your body’s way of telling you it’s time for a little break or a change of activity. You will likely come back refreshed and raring to go. I wouldn’t force it.

    • Oh Elle, your are so wise πŸ˜‰ Your right…I could use a little rest which is something I have always struggled with. I changed up my workout last night and it was GREAT!

  5. What is it that normally gives you motivation? Maybe it’s that under 60 that’s holding you up. In which case, drop that goal and just get back to running for the love of it, not for goals. Or try something completely different. Whatever it is, you’re still healthy and active, that’s the main thing. You’ll figure it out πŸ™‚

  6. This happens to us all, and I think is a necessary part of training. It is coming back from this slump that keeps you going, that helps you to re-capture your love of what you do. Give yourself a break, truly. Let everything rest. Force yourself to sit still for a bit. I always find that after I force myself to sit still (against my will) I am ready to go after. πŸ˜€

  7. I hope you find your running mojo soon. It can’t be far: have you checked amongst the laundry, and under the sofa? It’s usually lurking where it thinks you won’t find it… πŸ˜‰

  8. Aww I’m sorry you’ve lost your motivation! I’ve definitely been there (up until a couple days ago haha)! Unfortunately for me, it’s usually because I feel burnt out and trained too much to where I dislike running. I just sort of have to wait it out. I say find some other way to workout for the time being and read some running magazines that will hopefully inspire you πŸ™‚

  9. I’m sorry you’ve lost your motivation. I think all runners go through this at some point. I have, for sure. When this happens, I usually try to change things up. Run on the trails, increase my strength training, buy a new outfit, change up my playlist. Something to make me WANT to get out there again, if the thrill of running isn’t doing it for me. I hope you get that drive back soon!

  10. Would it help to take the pressure off? I’ve been trying to get a PR on my half marathon this year, and after 2 failed attempts, I’ve decided to let it go. I LOVE to run; I’ve decided not to stress myself out about time! I hope you find your motivation again soon!!

    • I’m sure it would! I think I’m more stressed about not being prepared for my next race but I’m sure somewhere I really want to get another PR!!! Advice taken πŸ™‚

  11. This happens to me. Especially if I’m following a plan and running the same old routes. My advice is to mix it up. Run somewhere new. Run a different distance. Buy a cute new running outfit. IF you listen to music or a podcast or audiobook – make it so you can only listen to it while you’re running. Or maybe your body just needs a rest – and go to yoga/a hike with your kids/insert fun activity! Importantly, don’t feel bad about it. It’s totally normal.

  12. I think this is a totally normal thing and I’ve been feeling much lazier about things lately too. I agree with Irish…mixing it up usually helps me. Whenever I plan a new route I feel like I get so much more excited about going out for my run!

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  14. When I loose my motivation you often end up inspiring me with your running stories πŸ˜‰ But Also I change up what I’ve been doing… right now I am a fan of adding burpee and sprint intervals into my runs! But Also I am not running as often as you, and the videos I am doing keep me entertained and keep things different. Have you checked out benderfitness.com? LOVING her workouts, all free and little equipment. PS Don’;t be too hard on yourself, you have earned a bit of a break!

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