Taking a break, sort of.

It’s been almost exactly a month since my last post and the inactivity on this blog reflects my running life to some extent. It’s not that I haven’t been running, I just haven’t been running much, and the running I have been doing lacks focus – not that this is a bad thing and in fact it may be just what I need right now.

I do have some excuses, but really they’re not good excuses. I’ve been travelling for work, it’s been snowy and icy (although that hasn’t stopped me running in single digit Fahrenheit temperatures).

I had goals for the year, and the goals still stand, they’re just delayed. I doubt I’ll be ready to break any of my own PRs anytime soon, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m having fun running, going to the gym, and as soon as the weather allows I hope to get back to cycling more than I did last year.

On a related note, I am past the point of even slightly considering another marathon (for this year at least). It doesn’t feel like a good fit right now.

For a while I worried that maybe I wasn’t enjoying running any more, it almost felt like I was forcing myself to go out to run at times. What I discovered though, was that I am definitely still enjoying the runs – I only have to think about last night’s club run – I was tired and briefly considered not going, but changed my mind and decided I would just do a couple of miles. Once running with the club I ended up with 6 miles, some of which was faster than 7 minute mile pace. Good times.

Do you feel like you’ve lost motivation? Is it perhaps just part of a cycle of recovery? What got you through it?

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3 Responses to Taking a break, sort of.

  1. I think you just needed the break! We all need it but we don’t all listen. Living in the Northeast too it has been hard to keep the motivation through the shortened days and the lack of sunlight, but things are changing. Hang in there and keep finding joy in exercise you will get your mojo back.

    • runnj says:

      Thanks – I’m pretty sure it is just a matter of needing a break – it was warmer this weekend which was great for the Saturday morning club run. I got caught up with running with a couple of fast guys and managed 15 miles at a pace I didn’t expect I could manage right now, so that’s a good sign (although I faded dramatically shortly after 12 miles).

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