When your running stalls, things can seem pretty rough. After all, we runners spend a lot of time training, and laying out miles, so when you hit a low spot, it can rock your world. Whether you’re dealing with injury or lack of motivation, you’ll need to find some ways to cope.
Honor Your Reasons For The Stall
When things stall out, chances are there is a good reason. It might be injury, burn out, boredom, or something else. And whatever it is, sit with it. Let yourself reflect on and honor those reasons. Chances are it will help you find at least a little peace in the downtime.
Explore Another Option
If the running isn’t going well, maybe it’s worth trying something different. There are so many fitness options out there, and it may not be a bad idea to incorporate something new into your training. We all know that nothing will ever replace running, but it can’t hurt to try something new.
Shift Gears Entirely
Without running, you may have some time to fill. This could be the perfect opportunity to try a new hobby or explore a new interest. Maybe it’s something active, or maybe it’s something crafty. If you’re not able to challenge your legs, challenging your brain or your creative side may be just as fulfilling, at least for a little while.
Solve The Problem
At the end of all else, your stall may need to be solved. If you’re injured, get the diagnosis and/or put in the work to rehab. If you’re just burned out, give yourself time to fall in love with running all over again. When you’re just low on motivation, take a break and find your “why” again.
How do you cope when your running stalls?
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