Oh….hiiiiiiiiiiii. It’s been awhile. I’ve been MIA from the blogging world for the past month or so. Sadly, I also have been MIA from my training. Let’s chat about it.
Oh boy. I’m not quite sure what to say here. I lost my running mojo sometime in January and really struggled for several weeks to do anything. I found myself impatient during the runs that I did do, and my heart just wasn’t in it. I think there were a few things going on. First, my work has been crazy and I’ve been working a lot of hours, driving into the office nearly every day, and in general just stressed; training just felt like “one more thing” to do. I also just felt burnt out in general, and I think I didn’t take a long enough period off of training after Richmond. It’s strange because running has been a huge stress relief for me in the past, but during really, really hectic periods at work sometimes it becomes an additional stressor. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like this though. To make matters worse, my diet consisted of a lot of food out or comforting fried food which just made me feel sluggish and tired. I also found myself travelling three weekends in a row, and as an introvert – the lack of downtime just killed me and I really found myself in a funk. In three weeks I ran a whopping 23 miles total. I found myself in a tailspin and needed to badly pull out of it.
Last weekend was exactly what I needed. I drove to Hilton Head for a girl’s bachelorette weekend with my best running friend Christina and a few other ladies. It was perfect in just about every way and completely rejuvenated me. We originally were going to run the half marathon that weekend, but dropped down to the 8k and ran it easy together. The weather was lovely and she wore a veil!! We had the best day full of food, drinks, and dancing/laughing. I left the weekend feeling so rejuvenated.
I got home Sunday and food prepped and committed myself to getting back on track. I talked to my coach and she adjusted my plan to get me back into things.
Monday morning, I was working from home for the first time in nearly a month. I slept in and went out a little later for my run, and caught the sunrise. It was the first run pretty much all year that felt “normal” again!
This week, I got back into a routine. I ran a total of 13 miles (6 of which today for my long run) and also completed a cross training workout and a strength training workout. It’s not much, but it’s eased me back into my training. I also focused on fueling my body properly and am feeling much better. I will be back up to 16-18 miles next week.
On my run this morning, it was 55 degrees and just lovely out on my favorite trail. I found my mind wandering and felt so peaceful. It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to let my mind wander on a run and feel relaxed afterwards. I’m hopeful that this week’s success is a sign that my running mojo is coming back. I also found myself reminiscing about Richmond, and how incredibly strong I felt during that race. I haven’t felt like that in a while (thanks to the inconsistent training) but I really want to get back there, and then some.
At this point, DC is just about running for fun and spending the time with my dad. It will be my 10th half marathon and I am taking the pressure off myself from serious training for now. I really need the break and need to find my love of running again. In mid April I will assess where I am again, but really, I think I’d just like to get consistent again and get strong before starting marathon training in July.
I’m going to be posting weekly recaps again, so I hope you will link up with Jessie and I! Next week, I’ll be giving an update on my fundraising for NYC!
How has your running been going? What do you do when you lose your running mojo?