It started to ebb away about three months ago. Before that I was regular, routine, just got up, got out and did it. Now, nada, nothing, rien.
I’ve lost my running mojo.
I’ve run since 2004, it is the source of my sanity, it’s my prozac.
Running has got me through IVF, miscarriages, adoption and now being a mum. But for some reason, I’ve lost my love and passion for running.
I think my running mojo is stuck in the bottom of a glass of red wine, inside that nice packet of chocolate (have you tasted Lindt dark chocolate with a touch of salt?), snuggled up with me in bed.
How will I get my running mojo back?
I’ve sat down with my inner running coach we’ve come up with 10 ways to try and get my running mojo back.
1. Why don’t you try something else? And then maybe it’ll come back
I suppose could think about doing something else?
I’ve tried spinning, great if you want to cycle nowhere really fast in a puddle of sweat. I’ve tried hot, sweaty yoga, but I am just not bendy enough. How do people hold their toe up by their ear, while standing on one leg?
But running is so easy, no classes to book, no gym or studio to get to, all I have to do is put on my trainers, run out the door.
Or I can just watch re-runs of the Good Wife on Netflix.
2. Retail therapy – that can help
Hmmm good idea.
I’ll think I might just do that. I’ll treat myself to some new running gear, I haven’t bought any for ages.
I probably won’t be splashing out Ivy Park – I think I’d look a bit odd with Kale scrawled on my chest.
But if I want something super special I do like a bit of Sweaty Betty (and they ship to France!)
3. What about rewarding yourself after each run
Oooh I like that! New shoes? New handbag? I can feel the credit card hotting up.
OK. Maybe something a little smaller.
I know a running jar. For every run I do I will pop a Euro in the jar. Then maybe I can get those shoes and handbags.
4. Would a running buddy help?
When I was living in London, I had running buddies.
When my motivation was lagging, knowing that I arranged to meet up for a run would get me out the house. You can’t lose your running mojo when you’ve made a deal with your running buddy.
Runners rule – you don’t run out on you’re running buddy.
That’s it I need a new running buddy!
5. You have a dog, can he go running with you?
You know that’s a great idea.
He’s very bouncy and needs a lot exercise. I can combine his walks with a run.
When we get back to the UK I really want to try Dog Fit with Mr L, I think he’d love it, I know I would. Getting fit with my dog! Awesome.
6. Hey, you live in Paris. That must be an amazing place to run in.
I’ve taken where I live for granted. I need to take a step back and open up my eyes, and look at what’s around me.
Before I know it we’ll be back in London and I’ll be swapping running under the Eiffel Tower for running across Tooting Common.
Not to say I don’t love Tooting Common.
7. Think about the benefits of running and how amazing you feel afterwards.
That is so true. After a run I always feel exhilarated yet exhausted, it’s a fantastic feeling.
According to Runners World (June 2016) running will:
- Make me feel happy
- Help me get fitter
- Strengthen my bones
- Keep my mind sharp
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Add years to my life
8. Have you tried any running apps?
I have, but I will admit I am a bit rubbish with running apps.
I forget to switch the app on then after a few miles, remember the app, but by then it’s too late. Some apps stop working when my phone goes to sleep – that’s really frustrating.
There’s an app where zombies chase you while you run, not sure that’s my thing. Or I could just listen to music or a podcast, I hear there is a second series of the Serial. I was gripped by the first.
9. What about signing up for a race
The last race I did was the Brighton Half Marathon, that was a brilliant experience, but a bit painful and my knees haven’t been quite the same since.
I think a shorter distance would be better, like a 10k, or 6 miles, it would be something to train for and running 10k is a good, challenging distance.
I’m going to start looking out for 10ks and get training.
10. Why did you start running in the first place?
For me running is about keeping my head together. I know that after a run I feel insanely great.
I first started running to shift weight before I started fertility treatment.The weight shifted, I didn’t get pregnant, but I could wear skinny jeans.
Now, running will be about getting out, to make me feel amazing, and to really appreciate this beautiful city I live in.
Maybe the mojo is on the way back…now where’s that glass of red wine?
Photo credit courtesy of Andy Powell, Flickr