Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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! 

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?!


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! 

4 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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    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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