I wish I could explain what was going on.
Maybe I need a break or maybe I’m not working hard enough. I can’t quite figure it out.
I’ll have a great run. Maybe it will just be a standard training run or maybe it will be speed work. And then the rest of the week feels off. I’m not feeling the motivation to get out there, and then when I do, I’m counting the minutes until I’m done.
I wonder if part of it is just the general anti-climactic let down of the holidays. When all the changes of routine and fun events and visiting with family and friends are over, it takes me a while to get back to “real life.” Of course, the side effect of this is that my training did suffer a little during the holidays (not horribly, but I hadn’t been hitting those long runs like I should have been), so what could I possibly expect?
Additionally, the dark skies, rain and low temperatures have been bringing me down. I’m ok for a little bit of “winter” but this has been way too much. Maybe a few solid weeks of sunshine will make a bit of a difference.
There is a lot on my race calendar, too, so I have the joy of anticipation that I thought would be helpful. Keeping that calendar full was a huge motivator for me last year, but maybe I’ve gone too long between races? My next one is in 12 days, and I am hoping that, even if I don’t hit the goals I initially laid out for myself, it will give me a bit of a mental jumpstart.
Running is a funny thing, isn’t it? Just when you think you have the physical elements nailed, the mental creeps in to throw a wrench in the works.
For now, the plan is to fake it til I make it. I don’t want to throw in the towel and give up. I’ve worked way too hard for that, and I’m not a quitter. I refuse to accept this mindset and I am not going to believe this is anything but a temporary thing. I think if I keep getting out there, as scheduled, at some point, my brain will remember that I actually do, for the most part, love this whole running thing, and I’ll forget about this particular rough patch.
What do you do when the running blues get you down?
How do you cope when you find that your goals have hit a bit of a plateau?