We’ve all been there. We’ve all hit a slump of some kind and it suddenly became a little harder to lace up our sneakers in the morning for a run. I mentioned yesterday that I feel like I’ve lost my mojo and you all responded with some great advice! Here are a few tips on how to get your running mojo back.
1. Change It Up
After running two half marathons during the month of February, I started having a hard time convincing myself to spend more than an hour on a run. That’s when I started focusing on speed again and got a new 5k PR! Sometimes changing up your goals can make your runs a little more interesting – and a little more exciting!
Another great piece of advice I received yesterday from Mary suggested changing up my routine too.
Be ok with the small changes. Shift your focus away from running if you need to. Tri season is coming up – sign up for a couple races and get in the pool some more. I have loved cross training in the pool for sure! It helps to keep the variety alive!
She’s right. Triathlon season is a great way to keep your running fresh, while challenging your fitness in new ways. Getting back into the pool is one of my new goals!
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Break
I think many of us who have been very focused on training plans start to panic a little when we think about missing a day or (gasp!) a week. But sometimes a break is exactly what we need. When I got pregnant with my son, I could no longer run and I found myself getting insanely jealous of people who were out running on the sidewalk. Taking a break from running made me appreciate it more – and I couldn’t wait to get back out there!
3. Remember WHY You Run
This is such a tough thing to articulate, isn’t it? But maybe I just need to look back at this post about Why I Run and remind myself of all those reasons. The comments on that post are great too – so many great reasons to run!
Another great way to get your running mojo back? Find out you’ve been featured as Women’s Running Magazine’s Blogger on the Run!
I am so honored that this wannabe runner is being featured by a national running magazine. Can you believe it?!?! So here’s my last piece of advice. Don’t be afraid to dream big. You might have attempted a two mile run this morning and felt like death. It’s okay. It’s happened to all (okay, most) of us. It’s definitely happened to me! But that doesn’t mean you’re not a runner. Maybe you’re in a slump. Maybe you’re recovering from an injury or just starting running again after having a baby. That’s okay. You’re still a runner! Remember – all it takes to be a runner is to RUN.
As a special treat, Women’s Running Magazine is giving away a FREE subscription to their magazine to a lucky Wannabe Athlete reader! Just go visit their blog and leave a comment on their post to enter. Good luck!
Have you ever hit a running slump? How did you get your mojo back?