Running Lately

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.

Drinks after our 8k!

Drinks after our 8k!

The girls at the Salty Dog Cafe

The girls at the Salty Dog Cafe

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!

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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?


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Jess

10 Comments

  1. So glad you’re back to blogging 🙂 Hopefully things will quiet down a bit at work.

    The bachelorette race weekend looked like so much fun!

    Beautiful photo from your morning run.

  2. Hey Jess. I’m going to keep it crazy positive here. First, congratulations on the 23 miles covered over 3 weeks. You ran 23 more miles than 90% of the general population. Kudos.
    How do I get my mojo back? I take a break! Over the years, I’ve found that it’s the best way to rejuvenate and find the joy in running. And, I’ve also found that I come back stronger and faster after the break. Since Richmond, I’ve done very little running (about 10 – 15 miles per week and my longest run has been 8 miles). Instead, I got back into the gym the past 12-weeks, packed on some muscle and reduced my body fat. It was a great change of pace.
    Like you, I LOVE running. And, I also LOVE pizza and ice cream. But if I had to eat pizza and ice cream five days a week for 16 weeks, I’d need a break from that too (not the best analogy, but you get the point).
    What you did at Richmond and your training leading up to it was inspiring. I’m certain that the return of your running mojo is going to propel you to even greater finishes this season. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Thanks so much for the thoughtful note, James! I’m also hoping my race in a couple of weeks will help jump start my motivation! What’s next on your race schedule?

      • Hey Jess. I always kick-off my racing season with the Shamrock 5k here in Baltimore. It’s March 12th this year. It’s one of those races where the 5,000+ participants focus more on the high volume of beer consumed after the race than the 5k before it. In fact, there are a good number of folks who run with beer while wearing green wigs, Lucky Charm t-shirts, hats, etc. It’s a blast! There are only a handful of Winter races around here, and I just don’t like the cold, so mid-March weather is a good time to get the racing mojo kick started. I have about a dozen races on the calendar for 2017. If I get into NYC, great! If not, I may run Richmond again. I had such a great time last year. Good luck with your fundraising, I know you are going to kick ass!

  3. So glad to hear that you’re back with your runs!!! I know exactly how you felt. I was in a funk too and it killed me…….. I’m soooooo glad to be back at running too.

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