I’m still struggling a bit on the motivation front. I can’t understand why. I know that I benefit so much from running, and I know that once I’m out I enjoy it. Sometimes it feels great straight away, I start off down the road and appreciate how springy my legs are. Other times it takes a while, maybe a mile to get into my stride. Losing fitness doesn’t help, but I’m still a lot fitter than when I started. Sometimes I will be jogging along and I find that I have slowed down to a walk, why? My breathing is OK, my legs don’t hurt. It’s like there is a little pacemaker inside my head that’s set to slow and I have to make the mental effort to over ride it, to say hey why are you walking, run!
On my ‘ staycation’ I managed 3 short runs, and an 8 mile walk with the boys. On the other days I got involved with other things, so didn’t have time, then I went back to work. It’s been a seriously busy week ( so no running). Since I started running, I’ve been aware of lots of other people who run or who have taken up running. One of the girls mentioned a local group which runs on a Saturday near to where I live and suggested that I went along. I said I would, so despite feeling a bit tired and unenthusiastic, I went. It was good,a mixed ability group so I didn’t feel completely useless, and this was the first week of a 12 week programme leading up to 10k. The fact that it’s close to home is really good too. After I’d done it I felt a real motivational boost, but spent the rest of the day feeling shattered.
i find that I used to read a lot about running and find it motivating. Now much less so. There was a really good article in one of the running magazines about how people ( very good amateurs) fit running in around their lives. It just made me feel awful that I haven’t been able to get up at 5:30 every day to fit in a quick run.
so this afternoon whilst I was thinking about whether to go for a run or go to sleep I found myself asking myself how I could overcome this mindset, as just reminding myself of good runs and telling myself how much I had benefitted wasn’t getting me going. I came to the conclusion that the problem is in my head and to solve it I need to tackle my head, so I have downloaded a self hypnosis app to try to improve my motivation. It’s a bit if a strange move, but I googled hypnosis and running and surprisingly there is quite a bit out there,so I’m not the first!
anyway, just going out for a quick trot before bed. Can’t believe that it’s gone dark already at 8:30!
has anyone else tried any unorthodox motivation techniques?