6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

In a Rut?

As Runners we hope that the pavement or trail is flat and clear, free of obstructions that will cause us to trip and fall... But there are the occasional RUTS, not a tree branch or ditch, but that feeling where you just can't get back into the ZONE... Once you are in a Rut it can be ovewhelming, you may want to just GIVE UP because it is too hard. You can dig out of that Rut! I have....


Tall Mom Tips to Escape the RUT:
1. Change the route
  • Run it backwards, the simple act of running your usual route backwards can spice it up a bit.
  • Chose your favorite route. I have a few places I like to run, the bridge through the marsh and the flat trail...if I feel I am in a rut I stick to those paths that make me happy.
  • Drive somewhere new to run. Local parks, trails, golf course, waterfront, etc.. There may be new routes within 15 minutes from your home that you have never tested... (Note: when running in a new place bring a running partner, dog, or some form of protection)
2. Phone a Friend
  • Running buddies can help the LONG miles fly by.
  • If you do not have a buddy who runs, consider joining a local running club. Information can be found online or at a local running stores. There are runners in all paces, ages and distances, you may just find your running mate.

3. Buy new Gear

  • Maybe those old stinky duds are making you depressed. Reward your efforts with a shiny new outfit. You don't have you break the bank to get new running clothes. I buy many great things at Target, Ross, TJMax, and Nordstrom Rack.
  • Maybe you legs are sore from your shoes being over their lifespan. Soreness could lead to a rut. Save up for a new pair, it could make all the difference.

4. Register for a Race or Fun Run

  • Paying the money and having something to look forward to could be just the pull you need to get you out of your rut.
  • Get your friends and family involved.. You don't have to RACE.... There are plenty of family friendly walk/run events that are fun and can be pretty inexpensive.

5. Have a plan or ditch your plan

  • You may be in a rut because you don't have a plan. There is a wealth of knowledge online with training plans for all distances, speeds, etc.. Find a Plan and tweak it to fit your goals and life. Checking off the boxes may give you just the inspiration you need.
  • Maybe the plan you are using is too hard and is giving you anxiety. No one is forcing you to stick to that Plan. Your rut could be caused by the lack of freedom.. Ditch the plan, or parts of the plan and create your own. It could make all the difference.

HAPPY UNRUTTING!!

(is that a word?)

27 comments:

busyrunningmama said...

It's definately a word when you use it in such a great way, like you did! I am trying like fire to get out of my Rut!! Thanks for the ideas...i'm getting there, slowly but surely....cleared to shoot for 2 miles this week...so out of shape though.....

Nicole said...

Great ideas!! I think I've used them all at some point. Unfortunately I'm in a injury-rut. I just want to run "free" again!

Marlene said...

Unrutting... well, it's a word now.

Those are some awesome tips, and ones I have used in the past.

Running buddies have made all the difference to me. Couldn't do it without them!

kimert said...

Great advice/info!
I recently "unrutted" by retiring my worn out running shoes for new and man what a difference it makes!

Denise said...

ruts are the worst!!! nice tips for getting out of it!

marathonmaiden said...

"unrutting" hehe. my favorite way to unrut is to drive to the local state park. buttt i'm lazy and hate to drive so i usually just run my routes backwards. it's amazing at how different the run can feel!

track coach and adorable wife said...

I love looking forward to something shiny, new, and cute to wear. I haven't been running that long so I don't know if I get in ruts or laziness (he he he) but this helps me out of them!

aron said...

those are exactly things i do when i am in a rut :) great post!

racing dawn said...

Great tips! I used a lot of them and they work! Thanks for the reminders!

Emz said...

The first step out of the rut is the hardest then ----- it's like a running rebirth. I love it!

Nicole Orriëns said...

Great post! For me, listening to some new music helps me get out of a rut.

http://www.momshomerun.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Great list!
Signing up for a challenge is good too :-)

Katie A. said...

Been there, done that! Great list of ways to keep moving! Glad to hear you're back :)

Lisa said...

unfortunately, my rut is caused by injury. :-(

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

JUST what I needed to hear Mel!

An object in motion stays in motion. Somewhere along the line, I lost my mojo and I've been struggling with inertia. Craving a run, but not having the motivation to tackle it.

Thanks for the virtual nudge.

Amanda said...

I've been in a rut just because recovery is hard after an endurance race. However, I think I may know how to get myself out by testing myself. Every now and then I go out for a timed mile. I see how fast I can run just one mile and compare to my last results. It helps me know I'm still doing alright.

TNTcoach Ken said...

It's a fine line between a rut and a groove.......

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great suggestions!

I'm not in a rut exactly but I am eager for my 100 days to be done just so I can simply feel like I have a choice to run. I still am excited each morning to run (and Honestly wonder how I will take a morning off after I hit the 100) but some of the fun is depleted by knowing I can't skip or take a rest day.
I guess there are all kinds of ruts.

Natalia said...

Oooh a timely post! I have been in and out of ruts for all of this year. More in than out. All my plans and races for this year have gone to pot. But, I am signed up for the Philly marathon in November, and in my third week of training. It takes time, but you DO get out of it. Thanks for these tips, I am going to post them to my blog....very useful!

Natalia said...

By the way, I am totally out of the loop for the 1000 miles this year. However, I started over last week, so let's see how much I can do until the end of this year! cheers Mel.

Melissa said...

Great advice! I get in ruts easily and the new gear totally works for me!

Wifey said...

Great tips - especially the shopping one! Tee hee hee ...

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Robyn said...

These are good ideas, especially signing up for a race. Nobody wants to lose out on the fees once you register, so it's more motivation to train!

MCM Mama said...

Nice tips. I always end up in a rut if I don't have goals.

BTW, my virtual race is http://mcmmama.blogspot.com/2010/07/mama-goes-masters-virtual-race.html

Would love it if you ran and/or posted it on next week's High Five.

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livelaughloveandrun said...

Great post!! Something I do to get out of a rut is think about how I feel after a run (or how I'd feel if I didn't get the run in.. sluggish, bloated, etc). Usually that's enough to keep me motivated and to keep on running!!

livelaughloveandrun said...

Great post!! Something I do to get out of a rut is think about how I feel after a run (or how I'd feel if I didn't get the run in.. sluggish, bloated, etc). Usually that's enough to keep me motivated and to keep on running!!