I’ve felt this way once before. Last year, right after my grandmother died, I hit a little running slump. I was tired, my motivation was low, and when I was running, I felt slow and consumed by anxious thoughts, which really took away from my running.
This time, I think the reasoning for the slump is a little different, but the symptoms are largely the same.
In the span of two months, I got a new job, got married to my love, and we bought a house. And none of it was planned to all hit at once.
With the job, I got a call in May, interviewed throughout the month of June, and was offered the position in early July. The wedding had been set for August 23rd for some time, and the home came available, and honestly, the inventory is so low in Raleigh that it would have been silly to have forgone that home.
So we dove in headfirst. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my entire life.
And like I do anytime I’m faced with any major life changes, I felt this exhaustion come over me. It hasn’t affected my work, as I’m still in that phase where I’m killing myself to impress everyone, but it’s definitely affected my running and my motivation. Rather than constantly being raring to go for those runs, I’ve had to pull out every trick in the book to make sure that I make my workouts. I invite friends, I try new workouts, I make sure that I am scheduled to take one of my instructors classes, all in the hopes that I don’t fall behind on my workouts. But motivating myself to go when ALL I want to to is lay around in the bed and watch reruns of Sex & the City is hard, and I’m really trying.
Honestly, the last time I felt like I was in this slump a year ago, I pushed through it, but had a few tricks to help get me through.
- I went to a lot of hot yoga. Granted, one of the times I went, a pose we got into tapped right into my emotional side and I finished out the class sobbing for whatever reason, but I sure felt good after.
- I ran. And I revamped my runs. I listened to Motown the Musical, Les Mis, and sometimes, nothing at all, all different from my usual playlists.
- I read Dean Karnazes books. Which is really good cause he’s an ultra marathoner. So it kind of made you feel like your little 26.2 wasn’t that bad.
- I vomited my way through the Greensboro Marathon. But the fact I finished convinced me I was a lot stronger than I thought I was, and rekindled my love for running.
So the slump sucks. I don’t like the way it makes me feel, and it scares me – makes me feel like I will never love to run again. But slowly and steadily, I will be back to exactly where I was before, maybe even better!
What do you do when you’re in a running slump?