Finding My Running Mojo


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.finding my running mojo

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?

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  • Reply Sam Stone 06/08/2016 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve never been a runner, my knees are too dodgy. But I use strava for my walking.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 06/08/2016 at 2:49 pm

      Yes knees can be painful and running definitely doesn’t help that! Strava is great isn’t it! Walking is good too. I love a good walk. 🙂

  • Reply Catherine 03/08/2016 at 2:51 am

    New shoes! When I upgrade my sneakers, I want to get out and make good use of them. 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 03/08/2016 at 6:44 am

      Absolutely!! I try and buy myself a new pair yearly as well to get me inspired!! Great point. Thanks for reading xx

  • Reply Dominique 28/07/2016 at 8:50 am

    Hope you get your running mojo back! I haven’t been running in ages either, but for what it’s worth can share a couple of tips that I find help when I do run (just to clarify I have been going to the gym at least 3 times a week – I usually see a run as a “bonus” if I make it). I usually go running with a friend, as I find that’s really the only way I’ll actually go (I hate running alone). When ever we go together, we set new landmarks or goals for where we will run to (we usually mix it up so there is some time for walking / chatting, and some time for running). Sometimes we end in a sprint. We encourage each other to set a sensible pace so we can run for longer distances. There is also a “mommies get fit challenge” on facebook where the ladies share their running goals (sometimes they set goals for you) and other times you share your own goals and they encourage you :). You can opt-in for prizes too for a bit of extra motivation. Good luck! Look forward to hearing how you go!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 28/07/2016 at 9:25 am

      Thanks for the awesome tips. Definitely running with a friend helps and setting goals. It is so good to keep each other accountable and encourage each other. Well done in getting to the gym and keeping it up! If i can exercise 3 to 4 times a week I think I am doing okay!! Thanks for the facebook group, I will definitely check it out. Thanks for reading and will let you know! Been running last two nights, last night did not feel like it but I did it. 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Hicks 28/07/2016 at 12:46 am

    I know exactly how you feel!! I’ve been in a running slump for the past few months, mostly because it’s just so HOT during the summer. I’ve found that signing up for a race really motivates me to get back into running, because I have something to train for and look forward to. Good luck in this journey!!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 28/07/2016 at 7:46 am

      Oh the heat is hard! Even though it’s cold here you get warm, where as the heat you can’t escape! That is a great idea and definitely something that gives you goals to work towards. Thankfully at present husband is in training mode so it does help doing it together. Thanks so much for reading and being encouraging! 🙂

  • Reply Kirsty @ My Home Truths 27/07/2016 at 10:15 pm

    I had just started to get into running (well, walk/jog to be honest) when I tore my ACL last year. Months of rehab and physio and I’m still struggling to find the mojo. The extra weight I’ve put on in the past year isn’t helping either. I’m trying to get to parkrun each week but it’s really a mental issue with me right now. I hope we can both eventually find our running mojo again!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 11:12 pm

      My husband did his ACL 8 years ago now so I understand your struggle and the months of physio. It was a long road for him and like you said it is extremely mentally tough, I saw him go through that. I really hope you are properly on the mend soon and can get back out there. Sending you lots of positive mojo vibes! ?

  • Reply Helen K 27/07/2016 at 6:27 pm

    Great ideas! I’ve lost mine too and my ‘solution’ is to eat more chocolate (strangely ineffective). I’m finding the cold weather really hard this year. But I’ll try your tips and keep persisting (I know the only thing that is likely to work is to stick to the time schedule – don’t give excuses there – but shake up how you do it – so the route changes and so in are good ideas).

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 6:30 pm

      I know!! Why can’t chocolate help??!! It would be much easier! Yes it is hard when windy too. I have to schedule in too as between kids activities and husband wanting to get out too we all need a time slot! Hope some of these work for you and thanks for reading ?

  • Reply Amy @ Handbagmafia 27/07/2016 at 3:58 pm

    I’m slowly getting back into yoga, which is the only exercise I ever really loved. I need to get moving more, too.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 6:28 pm

      So hard when you are busy. Yoga is great too! I should try more of that too ?

  • Reply Chelsea 27/07/2016 at 12:33 pm

    Loved this post! I love to run in general but I’ve been in a funk lately and discouraged because of my sore hip. For me, new playlists always help motivate me!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 1:29 pm

      Oh thank you. Hope it offered you some inspiration!! As I get older my hips are now getting sore when I run ?? the joys!! Yes music is a definite energy boost for me too ?

  • Reply Christine @ Adventure, Baby! 27/07/2016 at 10:17 am

    Find a running buddy? I’m always more motivated when I have company to do absolutely anything.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 11:36 am

      That’s a very good point Christine! Does make you more accountable when you organise to do it with someone. Thank you might give that a try also ?

  • Reply Jessica 27/07/2016 at 9:23 am

    Good for you! Great progress! The hardest part is just doing it!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 11:35 am

      Thank you! That’s exactly right! Get the mind in gear and the rest will follow ?

  • Reply alexandra @ my urban family 27/07/2016 at 4:29 am

    Find new routes is a great tip! When you run the same route every day it can get boring for sure.

  • Reply Jessica Bradshaw 27/07/2016 at 3:51 am

    I miss running so much. I keep asking my orthopedic if I will ever get to do it again, and I think he thinks I’m being dramatic. (I have been out of commission since February)

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 27/07/2016 at 6:12 am

      So sorry to hear that. My husband had an extremely long recovery from knee surgery after being told he would be beach running after a few months. He ran 10kms a day. It’s a long and tough journey both mental and physically but you will get there and I hope it’s really soon. Thank you for reading and sharing ?

  • Reply Katie 26/07/2016 at 10:58 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head with those ideas and if you stick with them, then you will find the return of your running mojo! Every time I’ve lost my fitness mojo, it always requires small tweaks that bring me back even stronger than I could imagine!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes a couple of small tweaks and a more positive head space makes the world of difference. Thank you for your encouraging words, you are inspiring me to kick some butt! 🙂

  • Reply Maxabella 26/07/2016 at 7:55 pm

    If you run past my running mojo on your way around, can you please send it home?

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 9:07 pm

      Ha ha love it! Absolutely, if I can muster the energy to get back home, I’ll send it back over to you! 🙂

  • Reply Amber Battishill 26/07/2016 at 9:47 am

    Thisistwo is EXACTLY how I feel! I’m searching and searching for my running mojo but it seemed to disappear with my last pregnancy. I feel like I just don’t have it in me lately and I am stretched too thin already. I hope you find it and if you do, send a little my way! 😉

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 9:52 am

      It’s hard getting back into that routine isn’t it!! And yes time is so precious. I am
      Hoping to try and fit in a few runs this week and will definitely send some fitness inspiration your way! Thanks for reading ?

  • Reply Heidi 26/07/2016 at 7:42 am

    I’m with you on all of these points you mention. Short winter days is my current excuse, as it’s dark by the time I get home from work! But, that is changing again, so I’m running out of excuses! I know I need new shoes, so maybe a new shiny pair will be a little push to get me out here again. Pay day tomorrow!! Love the idea of changing my playlist too… ?

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 8:16 am

      Yes winter is hard as is the heat! Can’t win! It is so much harder when you get home from work and already tired. I used to try and get up early at least once or twice if I could to get it done early. New shoes always do help! I have been adding a few new songs everyday! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Reply Casey 26/07/2016 at 4:51 am

    I’m in the same funk myself right now and need to take time doe myself! Keep us updated on how getting your mojo is going!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 7:40 am

      Yes it is easy to lose motivation, did a run on Saturday and am aiming to get back out today. My hips are starting to not like it as much but I think I will try and do some HIIT workouts to to break it up a little. Good luck to you to! We can try and inspire each other! 🙂

  • Reply stacy 26/07/2016 at 3:57 am

    Though it’s a hard to habit to form and keep, I do love that running is such an easy way to get in exercise. Just throw on your sneaks and go! I have to get back at it, so I’m going to do the Couch to 5K challenge. Thanks for the tips!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 7:54 am

      I agree once you are in the habit it does make it easier, and you are right great that you can just run out the door and go and not have to drive somewhere first. Great idea to do that challenge! Good luck, would love to hear how you go!

  • Reply Rebecca Cofino 26/07/2016 at 1:19 am

    That reminds me, I need to start running again! I’ve never liked it, but it is great exercise. What I do like is going at sunrise, because it’s beautiful to witness the world waking up.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 7:55 am

      Sunrise is such a great time isn’t it! Definitely something great about getting your run done early and when it’s a beautiful time of day. It is a great way to stay in shape too! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Reply Sheila 26/07/2016 at 1:16 am

    Love this post! Even if you get in a routine and enjoy something eventually there comes a point that you lose your mojo for it. If you are interested in trying some new workouts to switch things up a bit let me know. As a Beachbody Coach I can get you a 30 day free trial to workouts that you can stream and do at home. Let me know if I can help and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 7:56 am

      So true! We do need to change things up a bit! Thanks for letting me know, I will definitely keep that in mind! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Reply Amira Azimi 26/07/2016 at 12:28 am

    Totally agree with so much of this. I have been a runner my whole life and found that before kids i didnt need as much motivation to keep it up. Now, I need new routes, new playlists and i love the idea of going the opposite way!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 7:04 am

      It’s so much harder when you are on time restraints and it’s much easier to make excuses. Definitely need to mix it up to stay motivated! Thanks for reading ?

  • Reply Tineke - workingmommyabroad 26/07/2016 at 12:04 am

    Haha love this, especially the twisties diet ;). I also lost my running mojo since I became a mom, just don’t have the motivation anymore to put my sneakers on and go out in the afternoon (after a day of work and baby chaos). But, trying to find my motivated fit self back, on holidays now and my sis + her bf are personal trainers so we’re doing a 30min Bootcamp every morning… Let’s hope I can stick with it when i go home!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 6:19 am

      That’s half the battle isn’t it is just getting back into a routine. Hopefully once you have the routine of doing it, it will stick! It does feel good after you have done it! ? I wish I could still eat twisties like that!!

  • Reply kim 25/07/2016 at 11:52 pm

    I found a love for running almost one year ago, and like you, I have lost the mojo. It’s just so hot. But, with my 40th birthday approaching, I made a goal to run a half before the big day. I love the idea of changing it up. I need to get up earlier to avoid the heat and find a new route! Thanks for the motivation! We can do it!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 26/07/2016 at 7:42 am

      That’s awesome! And what a great goal! It can get so hot in Australia too and it is so hard when it is like that. We sure can do it! Good luck with the half, hope you do achieve your goals! Will make celebrating that much better!

  • Reply Emily 25/07/2016 at 10:53 pm

    Just getting out the door is key! I know that even if I don’t feel like running or exercising, once I get going I never regret it! Find a goal that you want to go for! A race with a friend is the perfect goal to help get motivated.

    And yes…couples who exercise together stay together. 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 25/07/2016 at 11:28 pm

      I totally agree. Once you are out you feel so much better! And yes you never regret it. Exercise challenges are good too, I am doing a huge 35 km walk in September now so that will keep me going! Thanks for reading and your suggestions ?

  • Reply Zoe 25/07/2016 at 1:40 am

    It might not be a great help, but my advice would be to run because you can. Like you, I hated the idea of running at first (it was one of the things I said I’d *never* do) and then I tried it, starting very small, and grew to love it far more than I imagined was possible. But without knowing it I was running on very weak knees and the inevitable happened, I injured myself badly during a 5k race. The cartilage in my knees is basically Swiss cheese, full of holes. I’m overweight, which doesn’t help, and I simply had to stop running altogether (and doing Zumba too, which I loved). I spent 6 months in physical therapy, building up the muscles to push my kneecap back into place where it wouldn’t rub against the other bones as much, and now I can walk normally, and climb up and down stairs with only minimal discomfort… I’ve been forced to take on indoor cycling (another thing I said I would never do) and I don’t particularly like it, but it keeps me active… But I really miss my favourite sports and until I lose more weight, it’s not a good idea for me to even try them.

    Whenever I see someone running outside, I get this burning desire to follow them (coupled with the urge to tell them to look after their knees). I miss it so much… I’ve taken up meditation and it reminds me a little of how I felt during my runs, only without the all the good physical effort. No other form of exercise feels complete enough. There’s always something missing.

    So I think the ideas you’ve come up with to shake things up are great and you should definitely do them, because you never know if someday, you might not be able to run anymore. Hopefully you’ll be able to love it again soon. 🙂

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 25/07/2016 at 7:53 am

      No this is a huge help and thank you for sharing! You are so right. I should be incredibly lucky I can still run. What a journey and I know how hard rehabilitation can be, it is a long road and can be very tough both physically and mentally. There will be a time I won’t be able to run, I am starting to feel it in my hips more and more so you are right, I should just get on with it and appreciate that I can still run. Thank you so much for reminding me of one simple fact, I will remember this when I go this afternoon. I hope your recovery is coming along and that you can get back out there soon to some degree. 🙂

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