Not A Lot of Running

I’m really struggling with my running at the minute. I seemed to come on in leaps and bounds and now it just feels really difficult all of the time and with that my motivation is waning.

Since my last post I’ve run 3 times. 3 times in 13 days. Not good. One of those runs was only because I realised it’s 6 weeks until my first 5 mile race and I’ve yet to run 5 miles! I need a good kick up the butt. I need to work on my nutrition too as this will make running a bit easier too.

So, since the 9th April when I ran my new 5k PB I’ve run one parkrun, it was horrendous. I set off too quick which meant after mile 1 I felt dire, it hurt and I couldn’t even keep up with the run 1 minute/walk 1 minute pacer. This didn’t help my  motivation.

I then ran at club. I did the three mile slow and steady run. I tried to learn from my mistake at parkrun and stuck to the back with a lady I know runs around 15 minute miles. This then felt too slow, it was painful. I can’t win!

I then ran yesterday. I said I would as I thought I’d feel pumped. As it happens I had a stomach like a washing machine all day. Nothing  came of it though so I forced myself out for two miles. It was crap, it hurt and I got lost. Google maps saved the day though.

I’ve also had to miss spin classes due to going to Wales and work commitments.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. In none running related news I went to Wales. After only recently discovering Gavin & Stacey, the TV show, we went to Barry Island and went to some of the locations from the show.

I’ve also been out for dinner with the legend that is Anna and her friend Mike to Casa Brasil. Anna was still on a high from running a PB at Brighton which I loved hearing about. I’ve also been to Sprinkles with my spin partner/colleague Maria after a night out turned disastrous. That brings us up to last night.

Today I didn’t have my day off as usual but I did manage to get to a spin class and bashed out a new PB on distance of 14.4 miles. Before my PB was 13.3 miles so that’s made me feel good. The class was so quiet too, only 6 of us. I guess the New Year resolutions are well out of the window now.

Tomorrow we’re going out for dinner for a friend’s Birthday which is great but it means I miss another run at club *sigh* I am, however, off work on Thursday morning so will try and squeeze in a run in the morning.

What do you do when your motivation gets low?

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2 thoughts on “Not A Lot of Running

  1. Ahh don’t beat yourself up. It happens.
    The thing with me is my running is so set in stone in my routine, I don’t really give myself the opportunity to be demotivated because it’s just something I have to do, like brushing my teeth or getting dressed. It’s scheduled in. But don’t get me wrong, I definitely dread it at times!!

  2. Nice work with the spinning distance. Also, don’t worry about the running- everyone has tougher runs and it just happens from time to time. I’m like Anna, I have a routine and so I stick to it- my Thursday run is the one that goes of I have too much work to do, but I know that I’ll back at a parkrun on the Saturday so I’ll be back at it then. If I am really tired I will just go out for a shorter distance, mostly I will feel better after, even for getting something done.

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