Very Little Running Motivation

This has been the fastest month of the year for me. Has September just flown by for you? I seriously can’t believe that tomorrow is October.

I’m trying hard to embrace fall but my Birkenstock are too comfortable, layering my clothing just seems to take way more time and I’m not loving how dark it is outside in the early morning and evenings now. I’ve yet to turn on my heat, blankets will do just fine for now.

Even though I’ve been given the okay to run again, I’ve done very little and feel like I almost have no interest in it! WTF, crazy, I know. First I’m training in the summer heat and loving it, then injured and cursing that I couldn’t run. And now, I’m just feeling blah about running…I need some kind of motivation people…help me out!

I did play three games of soccer last weekend which was fabulous. It was so great to be on the field. My lungs crying from all the sprinting, my legs happy when the ball was at the other end of the field and feeling every muscle in my body days after.

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Oh….and I signed up for another race a few weeks back, ha ha ha! Seriously, I did it when I was still injured. I’m registered to run the 10k at Valley Harvest Marathon on Thanksgiving weekend (Canadian – Oct 9th). I paced the 10k last year and it was so much fun! However, I’m starting to think about moving down the 5k distance and taking it easy rather then push myself to do the 10k…I’m just not feeling it right now. Motivation, drive, interest – all at an extreme low. I’m also tired…so tired lately. Battling a head cold and lack of sleep are the main culprits.

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The fun part is that the girls will be running the kids runs at Valley Harvest Marathon the day before my race. They LOVE this and can’t wait to run on the track again. And of course, Thanksgiving food with family …yum!! I did manage to get out for a run this week while I was away at a conference…that should be bonus points right there 😉

What’s your best motivation to go?

Any weekend plans?

What fall races are you running?

 

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Unknown Motivation

Sometimes it can be a challenge to motivate yourself to get out and run. It’s still cold out right now (short lived winter vortex happening) and this is one thing keeping me from running outdoors. Which, if you think about it is kinda funny because I love running in the winter…with snow/ice on the ground.

Sometimes your exhausted from your day, you are feeling lazy or you don’t have anyone to go with. And sometimes you find motivation in an unknown way!

Yesterday I worked a 12 hour day. This is not normal for my normal 9-5 day but I had to travel 2 hours to a workshop and back plus I had an evening meeting. Because of that it meant that I wouldn’t get home until 8 pm. I was exhausted.

My husband had planned to get on his bike (indoor trainer) after he got the girls to bed. When I arrived at home (7:50 pm), I was exhausted and was still thinking I’d jump on the treadmill but wasn’t 100% sold on the idea.

As Saï was getting his bike gear on, I decided to put my running gear on and head down to the basement as well. I really wanted to run but I was so exhausted from my day that sitting on the couch and watching some TV sounded delightful!

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Instead, I jumped on the treadmill after being motivated by my husband. I’m not sure if he knew that he was motivating ME to run while HE biked….but he did. Thanks love.

Another 5 k done in my half marathon training.

What has motivated you lately?

Do you workout with your significant other?

Happy Hump Day!

Lack of Motivation: Building My Base Week 4 and 5

Motivation to run is probably at it’s lowest point in a long time. Not sure why but for some reason I’m somewhat okay with that.

Basically, I’m focusing on building my base because soon I’ll be training for a 10k in May (I think) and Half Marathon in June. I don’t want to go into training empty – you know what I mean? I want to have maintained my fitness so that when I start those training plans I’m not struggling like I have before. Mind you last year, I trained for what would have been my 3 & 4th half marathon with a major hamstring injury.

My hamstring still isn’t 100%! What, a year or more later and it’s not better?  Yes and No. You see, IF I don’t stretch properly after a run, I’m in a lot of pain so stretching is key for me. I need to get back into foam rolling regularly again too!

The first three weeks I shared my “building my base” in the same format I did with my training plans. Not this week. Since I’m catching you up on two weeks, I decided to keep it simple.

Week #4

  • Monday 8th: Yoga Class
  • Tuesday: 2k treadmill run, wasn’t feeling it.
  • Wednesday: Noth.ing
  • Thursday: Skipping & 5k treadmill run
  • Friday: Downhill Skiing for 2 hours by myself. (Vacation)
  • Saturday: Nothing.
  • Sunday: Skating with the family.

Week #5

  • Monday 15th: Skiing with the family. (Holiday)
  • Tuesday: Skiing with a friend. (Vacation)
  • Wednesday: Rest Day. Went to bed early, was exhausted.
  • Thursday: 5 minutes of skipping, 5k treadmill run, 50 squats
  • Friday: Rest Day. Just exhausted with life and wanted to go to bed early.
  • Saturday: Nothing. Unless shopping kid less for 3 hours counts? Seriously, my body was aching from running errands all afternoon.
  • Sunday: 7k treadmill run. Finally this was a great run, I felt great during the run and after. So nice to end the week with a GOOD run!

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If you missed the first three weeks you can catch up here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

That’s it. I’m happy with being active in a variety of things but missing the consistency of running a lot. Really, it’s February and I can’t complain. I’ve logged more km running then last year already. I’ve been skiing three times, went to yoga twice so far and did a little skating with the family.

Though my motivation and interest in running is low….I’m still working hard at building my base…or should I say maintaining my base now.

How’s your month of February going?

Anyone else struggling like me?

 

What’s In A Running Photo?

That’s a good question! Those who attend races know that at some point you are going to have your photo taken. We don’t always know when that’s going to happen or sometimes the camera is right in front of us. You finish your race, celebrate and then a day or two later remember a photo should be waiting.

You check your email for the notification, double check the website and BAM…..there’s your photo. Only it didn’t turn out the way you had imagined. I’ve got a handful of those – actually most of my race photo’s are horrible…ha ha! However, I recently entered a contest where you had to submit a photo of you reading Canadian Running Magazine’s recent publication. Since I have a subscription anyway…I had already read the entire thing.

The contest is for a LIFE TIME registration {Yes, you read that correctly – LIFE TIME} to Maritime Race Weekend’s Tartan Twosome (double race). This is what I submitted:

“Read Canadian Running Magazine on MRW, must start training to avoid injuries”

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Though I didn’t win the contest, I love having these photo’s taken by my running buddy! She did an amazing job…all I did was run back and forth, back and forth…back and forth 🙂 A few more for you…..

Gotta run…

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And….

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Last but not least…

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Don’t I look like a happy runner?

Now for a few funnies and bloopers….

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Do you have good race photos?

Ever enter a contest like this?

Do you ever wish you had a personal photography along all your good runs?

Running Can Change You

I had one of those runs. You know, the run you thought about all day long. The run you were looking forward to all day long. Then BAM! something happened {insert cranky little girls upon pick up at day care and into the evening} that just sends your day in a different direction.

It put’s you in a foul mood. Tests your patience. Tests your mood. And tests what you want to accomplish for the remainder of the day. I thought my run was out of the question. I sat down for a few minutes with Sai and I think we both felt deflated after dealing with the girls. Where was I going to get the energy to run 7k? It was after 7 pm already!!!!

I went and did a few things and decided to go run after convincing myself I should do it. Run whatever distance I could manage. Really, I wanted to run at least 5k but anything more than that would be a bonus. I could always add more kilometres to another run this week to make up the distance.

Once geared and Garmin’d up, off I went.

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Good lord, my heart was POUNDING and my lungs felt like I was running for the first time in my life! Apparently, I was running too fast for comfort during that first kilometre and finished it under 6 minutes! Woah, I thought, you need to slow down or you’re not even going to make 5k. 

After shaking out my legs a bit and getting into my grove, I was running at a comfortable pace. Even pushing it at times. Just before the 5k mark I realised my time was rather fast for me and that I was close to a sub 30 – 5k so I pushed it even more and voila! Got it done!

My next kilometre was much slower but I still managed a really average pace for the full 7k 🙂 I felt so great after my run…even with the massive amounts of sweat dripping from my body!

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Also, I wouldn’t mind if this happened:

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I’m kinda of considering doing this some day to some other runners 🙂

Have you had a recent run change your mood?

Ever not really want to run and have it turn into positive experience?

Would you love it / hate it if someone drove by you playing “Eye of the Tiger” while out for a run?

Remember When 5k Was….

Remember when running 5k was….

HARD! The hardest thing you think you could put your body through (minus giving birth). Then it got manageable and part of your weekly routine.

Five kilometres here, five kilometres there and by the end of the week you accumulated numerous 5k runs. You may even dabble in longer distances which then become your new struggle.

Remember when 5k was EASY. As you zoom pass your normal 5k loop and decide to continue on racking up the mileage, feeling strong and confident.

Then after a surprising (at the time) injury you can barely walk without pain, you can’t put your shoes on or place your child in their crib because your injury hurts too much. Five kilometres seems so long, whether you are running outside or trying to hit up a treadmill at home or gym, like GoodLife Fitness.

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Resume running 5k again

Remember when 5k became HARD AGAIN! You never thought you’d return to this point. You may have even taken those EASY 5k runs for granted. Thinking you can just pop them out when ever you want, no need to stretch, no need hydrate or fuel afterwards. You’ve got this, right? You used to do it before, right.

Eventually, you realise the mistakes you made with those EASY 5k runs as you struggle to get stronger again. Running 5k is HARD again and for some reason you are loving it. You are loving the fresh air, the (slow) speed, even the amount of dirty laundry you have accumulated. You love how it makes you feel; physically and mentally.

You remember when 5k was EASY and know you will get back there. It may take a while but you are thankful you are able to pound out those 5k runs again with little to no pain.

Do you remember when 5k was EASY for you?

Do you remember when 5k was HARD for you?

How often do you run 5k in a week? or 3 miles?

A Little Confidence Booster

March was an okay running month for me. Though I am no where close to where I was last year, I am perfectly fine with that.

I did managed to ski a few times with Lilly 🙂

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I’ve learned that having a cheering squad when you chop wood for kindling is the best thing ever! Yes, my girls say “Good job Mama” and “Way to go” after I successful chop a piece of wood.

I volunteered at the Hypothermic Half. I’ve had some good runs and ONE terrible run that set me back again however, I’m moving forward.

Yesterday, I took advantage of the sunshine and being off work a little early since I started my day that much earlier.

I jumped on the treadmill and ran 3k and then took off outside once my Green Garmin caught the satellite. It was like my poor Garmin forgot how to catch the satellite…hummm, maybe that’s a sign I need to get out more! Slowly but surely I will.

I took off running down my road which was clear of snow for the most part.

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I was running fast and my legs were happy about it. I decided I wanted to see what kind of pace I could do so I kept that pace up. Really, it felt like I was testing my lung capacity!

First kilometer: 5:47 Second kilometer: 5:44 (after dodging one small section of snow/ice that I walked through). Ahhhhhh…….just what I needed. A little confidence booster to realise I am where I want to be.

The plan is to run on the treadmill and then run outside 1-2 km, then bump that up to 3-4 km, then 5-6 km outside. In time I’ll get there but for now I’m just going to enjoy yesterday’s little confidence booster.

Oh and so far my hamstring today is good. I’m bouncing sitting on my exercise ball at my desk and am feeling pretty good.

Have you had any confidence boosters lately?

Runners – how’s your pace after this winter? (Okay, for all us Nova Scotians – how’s your pace after THIS winter?)

Ever have your own personal cheering squad ?