I think I've fractured my motivation...

I don't know if I'm going taper mad or if I have indeed hit a motivation hurdle but I have found the past week particularly challenging. I ran my last Long Run (32K) Paddy's weekend, I knew the marathon was three weeks out and then... nothing. I hadn't laced up my runners once since! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?!

Last week at work was mental, I stayed back working late every evening. It rained for most of the week. I did try. I packed my runners with me and brought them to Ennis when I was at home visiting my parents but I didn't get a chance to go out. I brought the same runners to Belmullet over the weekend when I was away with friends but the boot of the car was as much of Belmullet as my runners ever saw! I was planning a run Monday evening but I called up a friends house which over-ran and next thing it was 11pm. I was planning a run yesterday evening after work and instead I made cookies! 


Yesterday evening, between making cookies and watching RuPaul's Drag Race (essential things that I had priorities higher than my need to run) I read something on The Lucky Rainbow's blog (link here) about running and running motivation. Rebecca (who owns the blog) used the following image and quote which has really struck a chord with me:

As those words bounced around in my mind, the following email arrived in my Inbox:

It was like the stars aligned and were lighting the way out of my run-slump back onto the main road. I went to bed last night with something stirring in the pit of my stomach. No, it wasn't the cookies - it was the spark of hunger reigniting within me. I set my alarm for 6:30am.

At 6:42am this morning, this happened:

And I loved every minute of it! Boom! I'm back in the game! 


  1. Your getting back on track. Keep it up.

    1. Cheers John. Looking forward to this weekends race in Ennis also :)

  2. I love that quote! I am still finding it a struggle to get out of bed and run each time, I feel like I am making myself go and often at the weekend I find I am narky and snappy with my OH when I am walking out the door. BUT i ALWAYS come home smiling and feeling great! Just need to remember that feeling before setting off!

    1. I find if I do exercise in the morning, I'm less likely to go AWOL for the day as I think 'F**k that, I didn't get up at 6am to run for nothing'.

      You are flying it with your running too :) Who run the world


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