You know when you wake up and you think ‘ugh. I just don’t want to do it’? Whatever it might be. Work. Shopping (food, not fun). Cleaning.
That’s been me and running all week. My mojo has gone! I got one run in on Sunday, and another on Tuesday, but for the rest of the week I have sat on the couch oscillating from mourning my lost mojo to defiantly watching TV and being all ‘I don’t care, whatevs man’.
It happens to all of us – you can’t love something all the time, even if it is one of your greatest passions. So here are some tips to help you find your mojo if, like me, it’s gone on a late-Summer holiday:
- Recognise how you feel. Try to work out what’s going on: is your body tired from training, and needs time to recover? Does your mind just need a break from always having something next on the to-do list? It’s definitely the latter for me. Now my mind is saying ‘you know what would be ace? Just chilling. Chilling with some guacamole and Doritos’. And who am I to deny my mind this one small thing?
- Be kind to yourself. The last thing you need when you’re already feeling flat is more pressure… from yourself. That makes no sense at all. There are times when you will love running, and times when you won’t, and it’s ok to have an off-period. If you need to take a week or two to sort your head out or let your muscles relax, then do it, and don’t beat yourself up about it. Honestly – it’s ok.
- Think about your next goal. My mojo is definitely linked to looking forward to events: planning them training for them, running on new routes and setting new records. Right now I don’t have an upcoming event, but I do know what I’ll be booking as soon as payday rolls around: a 10 mile road race in November.
- Share the love. Now is the time to embrace whatever running community you’re in, not shy away. Don’t hide from how you feel – tell others, and you’ll be surprised at the support you receive from those around you. Go to your club run, accept that friendly smile and return it. In a moment of frustration I tweeted, and got some really helpful advice from a friend in Sydney:
- Seek inspiration. Keep reading those running magazines, and find things that you want to try out. Look for inspiration around you – it’ll be there somewhere. I have a friend living in Vancouver who sends me pictures of all the (cheaper!) running clothes she can buy over there, and updating me on her distances – and her excitement is literally just what I need to remind me of the great things about running. Like cute running shorts.
- Just run. If, at the end of all this, your mojo still hasn’t made an appearance, then just put your shoes on and go. Slow, fast, long, short, whatever you want. You are far more likely to remember why you felt running was a good idea in the first place if you go and do it. Remember the runners high? Drinking chocolate milk like it’s going out of business? Fresh air on your face after being indoors all day? Feeling like your legs are made of lead when you go to sleep? All positives from running. Well, positives in my running, anyway.
And that’s my list! I’ve given myself til Monday to put the first five into action, and then I’ll do the sixth. August was such a busy month, and September is the same, so maybe a time out isn’t such a bad idea.
My Sunday run was at a folk and arts festival – it was the first morning that was really chilly. Like I had to shake my hands to keep them warm chilly. I guess the days of running in shorts are coming to a close….
I hope all of you reading this have your running mojos, and if not, I hope some of this was helpful!
Have a good weekend.