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.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Inspiration

I LOVE this time of year... seeing the parking lot of the trail packed with people getting out for some fresh air.  January is always busy, by Valentines it will be back to "Normal," I have seen it over the years, people come with inspiration in the New Year and it quickly fades when it is "too cold" or people are "too tired," or "too busy," etc...

This year ( I know we are only a week in) I seem to be STUCK in the lack of inspiration mode myself.  Feels much better to stay on the couch and watch Glee than to freeze my tush off on the pavement. Thankfully my hubby is totally inspired and drags me along....but this wekeend he has a stiff neck..  I am not registered for any races in the near term, but that is no excuse not to keep up my fitness for me and my health.

In some ways I feel like I am starting over.  Which is strange to say since I ran 6 Half Marathons From May-October in 2012.  Strength and endurance will flee quickly if you do not keep it up.  Starting over is hard, it is frustrating, and hard on my ego to compare myself to how I was just a few years ago.

I can't complain I did this to myself. What I need is to find what inspires me, so that I get back to a place where running/working out is something I want to do instead of something I have to do.

  • What Inspires you?
  • What have you done to pull yourself out of a funk in the past? 

6 comments:

Running Librarian said...

Sometimes I just have to get out and run even when I don't want to..and hopefully I will start to remember why I love running. Other times it helps to schedule running dates with friends.

Kristin said...

I resolved to work out at home or outside instead of pretending that I was going to go to the gym, aka #nogymjanuary . I also got rid of any cookies/desserts in my house that had accumulated over the holidays. It's been a good 5 days in 2013, really feeling "cleaner" already!

Matthew Pattison said...

Organising runs with friends is a good idea like Running librarian suggested, I don't do it cos I new at this running life. But when my friends are struggling they txt me for a run to get them selves off the couch. If I do get in a slump later on I will just have to remember the promise I made with my 4 year old Dexter that when he is bigger he can run with me.

Amy N. said...

Sometimes you just need to take the pressure off for a little while. I had to stop registering myself for races because the pressure was making me frustrated instead of motivating me. I had a few weeks of down time, where I ran if I felt like it, and didn't if I didn't. And then when I had enough of a pitty party, at that point when you can either choose to be lazy or get awesome, I got a bunch of friends together and signed up for some group coaching lessons from a local coach. It was awesome to have someone else be in charge of our workouts and just follow what instruction I was given. Also, I found out I have way more work to do on my form than I ever thought. It was just nice to change things up and do something totally different.

Velma said...

You can do it Mel!

chattynatty said...

Love all of the ideas above. I think getting out there even when you don't feel like it is helpful. I started last year's running year by having the goal of running 1 mile or more every day in the month of January. It was great motivation to get some miles in, because as you know most of us just don't do 1 mile. Best of luck finding your mojo again.

Also, sometimes a break is needed.