I am having some real troubles of late in finding my running mojo. I was never particularly sporty at school, never excelled in any particular sport. I enjoyed tennis, dancing and gymnastics but always got to a point where I just didn’t get better. I was just average at just about everything. It didn’t bother me particularly except when the teachers made you pick people and I just wasn’t ever picked in the top tier of uber sporty girls in our class.
So after eating cheese Twisties and drinking strawberry Moove for lunch every day plus being on the almost too skinny side, it became apparent in my early twenties that this sort of diet and lack of care wasn’t going to cut it anymore. The human bodies are amazing in every way but why the hell it can’t just let you eat and just move around somewhat and just take care of itself, hmmm would be nice. It does heaps of other amazing other stuff, but just not the bit about getting bigger around the waist and thighs if your diet is rubbish and you sit at a desk all day, every day for work.
Husband was a fairly avid runner. He worked a physical job and still came home and ran 10km almost every day. He enjoyed running and really encouraged me to get into it as I was slightly depressed about how I looked and felt and did really want to do something about it. I hated that clothes I had owned for years were now too tight and just didn’t look good anymore. I looked frumpy and I hated looking frumpy. I do love the word frumpy, though, it completely sums up how I was feeling.
The thought of running around the block just seemed like the biggest chore in the world and how on earth could anyone actually enjoy running, hurting, sweating, feeling out of breath and then sore? But I kept on with it and started small. I did yell at him a lot during the run and before and after, but it was bonding to some degree doing it together, apparently. Don’t they say couples who exercise together stay together? Something like that. Love you honey! He might not have thought so after I would arrive home after sitting an hour in traffic to an overly enthusiastic jogger rearing to go and waiting for me to get my leggings on and get out the door and he got that look. We all know that look.
So 10 years on I had come to love jogging, I enjoyed it. I set goals and tried to achieve those, I tracked my weight loss and I actually got quite fit. I did other stuff as well to keep it interesting, a couple of group training work outs, a one on one with a chick who was super fit and then running in between. It was all going swimmingly until now.
I have completely lost my running mojo. I’ve looked for it, I have tried hard but lately, I just can’t seem to get motivated to get out in the afternoons and exercise. The last few months I have been doing it because I feel I have to, well I know I have to. Not just for my weight which we all worry about but also because I enjoy feeling fit, strong and healthy. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle mostly, I do have a couple of things I shouldn’t do or cut back on but not sure whether I am willing to openly admit those issues publicly yet, but I do want to be fit and healthy for my older years through the 40’s and onwards. The other thing is the kids. They see both husband and myself being active and I love promoting a healthy life for them. They sometimes come into the gym with us and “do weights” as well and show us proudly how good they are or they comment that Daddy is bike riding or Mummy is jogging. I do try to show them the balance of good eating and active living.
But the running mojo is lost, it’s almost a little bit like cyber space where you know it’s there and it’s floating around but you just can’t see it and not quite sure where it is. I need to get inspired to get back into it, or into something like that, not even I know. So this is my list of things that I am going to do to try and find my running mojo again.
- Change it up. I really think that when I had more varied workouts it kept me interested as I was doing different things all the time. I think instead of just running I need to broaden my interests and add some other things to the mix. I use to love boxing and there are now great workouts online that you can do at home.
- New play lists. I have a running play list that I do add new songs, but I think I just need a whole new one. It is surprising how much different you feel when you have new tunes
- Run the opposite way. No, I don’t mean running backwards I mean run the opposite route so that the scenery is slightly different. Often if I do this it can feel like a whole new jog
- Find some new routes. Strava is a fantastic app that you can see what other people in your area are doing and where they are running. Perhaps I need to hunt some new streets and routes.
- Set some new goals. I feel like I don’t have any goals at the moment, my weight is to maintain and I don’t really care too much about being the fastest. A friend suggested that I do the Bloody Long Walk with her in September so perhaps that can be a goal to get fit for that.
- Time. The golden thing we never have enough of. I just have to make the time and do it. If I keep making excuses I won’t get anywhere.
Right oh then. Let’s see how I go with getting this running mojo back. Do you have any tips or advice you can give me? What do you do when you just don’t have the motivation?