Help! I have lost my running mojo! 10 ways to get it back

Help! I have lost my running mojo! 10 ways to get it back

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.

My favourite shops for running kit are Decathlon for good quality gear at a decent price, H&M for gear that’s sleek and stylish, and Uniqlo for quality basics.

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.

You’re right.

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?

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  1. September 2, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I am sorry that you have been ditch on your run. That’s terrible! 🙁 I think I wouldn’t have survive without facebook group either when I first moved to Hitchin. Oh what we would do without social media now-a-day?!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost My apology for taking me so long to comment. I hope that you can join us again today. xx
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    • Tooting Mama
      September 2, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks Sue, promising myself that I will get going when the kids are back in school! Hoping to start a school run run! Yes social media has been truly amazing at making great connections – joining you soon on #FabFridayPost!

  2. August 30, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I had to give up running due to back and neck issues, and it was HARD! Very hard. Now I am very glad. After a series of gyms, walking, cycling, yoga and tai chi, I’m good. As a family we hike a lot and I do tai chi most days. Good luck with your journey. Maybe your body is telling you you need something new to go with that bottle of red! M’wah! Here’s to your mojo!

    • Tooting Mama
      August 29, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Great to hear from you. It’s easy to loose that mojo and so hard to get it back. I think you’re right, start small, think how amazing you feel, and remember it’s got to be fun! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Tooting Mama
      August 29, 2016 / 10:03 am

      Oh thank you! It’s so hard to find a mojo once it’s been lost, I hope we all find ours soon!

  3. August 28, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    I have done the race for life for the last 2 years, both times I tell myself I will train for it and both times I haven’t. I managed to do the 5k and I really should do some actual running in between these races. There is just always something better to do, Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura X
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 28, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      Oh I just know how that feels! I am going to try and find a 10k that’s a challenge, and make time for running. But I know what you mean when you say live gets in the way. BTW delighted to be part of #SharingtheBlogLove!

  4. August 28, 2016 / 7:42 am

    great post! great writing! All the right motivation here so hopefully you’ll talk yourself into it soon lovely – running along the Seine – how can you not? #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Tooting Mama
      August 28, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      Oh thank you! I am definitely going to have to sort this out – no excuse once the kids are back in school. The plan in for a school run run.

  5. August 27, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    The fact that you could run in the first place is pretty awesome…I can just about run for the bus so respect is due! I hope you get your mojo back, if not, enjoy the rest and the chocolate! #fortheloveofBLOG
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 27, 2016 / 7:39 pm

      Oh my running did started from a very low base! The secret was to start off slowly. I do hope that mojo reappears soon otherwise the effects of the chocolate are going to be too much to shift!

  6. August 27, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    I am the same but with the gym. Putting on my headphones and having a great workout always made me feel so good. But life has got in the way so much lately that I have less and less enthusiasm for it. Once the kids are back at school I am hoping I get my enthusiasm back.
    I am sure your running mojo will be back too 🙂

    • Tooting Mama
      August 27, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Tell me about life getting in the way. After school starts I’m pledging to do a school run run!

  7. August 27, 2016 / 11:53 am

    This is a great post. I have a love hate relationship with running. It is my least favourite exercise, I find it so hard. Give me a dark spin room and a bike that leads to know where and I’m all over it. That being said I do will run because I love the after feeling and it really gets my heart rate up and let’s face it – it’s bloody good exercise. It does take some serious motivation so like you say I try and think of the after effects, the end goal and why I’m doing it in the first place to keep my mojo alive. That and fancy new training clothes always helps. Sports direct is a favourite of mine. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofblog xx

    • Tooting Mama
      August 27, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      Ooh thanks for your comment! I too have a love hate relationship with exercise, I know how amazing I feel, yet so hard to get started! It’s all in the head. I’m opting for a spot of retail therapy to get me back out on the road.

    • Tooting Mama
      August 27, 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Running isn’t as hard as people think! It’s a case of starting slowly then building up. I really hope that mojo returns soon! Thanks for dropping by!

  8. August 26, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I run for all of the same reasons and have also lost my running mojo. I think fashion would be my big motivator – I love to put together a lovely Sweaty Betty running outfit as a reward! I give up too easily after illness or injury and then find it so hard to get back on board. I know I feel so much better both mentally and physically when I run though, I need to do it! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 26, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Always happy to be part of #SharingtheBlogLove, I think a Sweaty Betty style edit would be brilliant and a great reward! It’s so easy to give up on the running, I’m always full of excuses (at the moment it’s too darn hot!). But like you I know how awesome I feel afterwards – it’s such a mind game! Just gotta get out there and run!

    • Tooting Mama
      August 26, 2016 / 4:07 pm

      Running isn’t for everyone, and brisk walks are good too. I’m pretty ample up top, I have a good solid running bra (more like scaffolding!) which keeps a good iron grip on me!

  9. August 26, 2016 / 12:11 am

    I used to love running when I was younger but never seem to get the chance to do it anymore. These are some great ways to help get back into it, especially retail therapy! That’s a big one for me, I buy the stuff and I feel like I have to do it then.

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    • Tooting Mama
      August 26, 2016 / 6:51 am

      Yup! I think it’s retail therapy is what’s going to get me back out on the road!

  10. August 25, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I trained last year for the race for life for my Mum. I’m not a natural born runner, at all! But I did it and I kick myself every day that I didn’t keep it up. I find it hard to find the time and if I don’t go regularly enough I just don’t get out of it what I want. I really hope I get my mojo back again soon as I hope you do too. #bloggerclubuk
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 5:31 pm

      I think that’s the the thing, the next day just have to get out and keep on going! I am just going to have to get that mojo back! I hope you manage to locate yours!

  11. August 25, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I wish I could run like I used to due to my back. The only exercise I can get is by walking. The app Pokemon go helps a lot just to get out of the house. I love the idea of having a motivation jar that gives you the energy to just do it.
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 11:25 am

      Motivation jar! The jar now has a name – thank you!!! sorry about your back but walking is great exercise too while you’re chasing those darn pokemons!

  12. August 25, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I believe running buddy would be the best idea. You could motivate each other.

    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 11:19 am

      Thank you, I have to say a running buddy really does work, just need to find someone close by here in Paris, I’ll keep searching!

    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Me too. I need to get back into a routine and run off the baguettes, cheese and red wine!

    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Good on you! Keep going, keep loving it!

  13. August 25, 2016 / 6:45 am

    I know exactly what you mean, except for me it’s my cycling mojo (I can’t run due to a permanent foot injury). It’s not easy.
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 7:04 am

      So how will you get your cycling mojo back??

  14. August 24, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    going to the gym was my sanity but after my spinal op I’ve really struggled to get my motivation back. I love the idea of the jar, I might try that one as I’m in need of some new gear
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    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 7:03 am

      I also love the idea of the jar I need something to motivate me and there’s nothing better than a spot of retail therapy!

    • Tooting Mama
      August 25, 2016 / 7:02 am

      Running buddies are a the way to go, am going to start training the pup!

  15. August 24, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Swap running for cycling and this is me to a T. I love the idea of a running jar, but I don’t have any money, hmm. For a little while I was cycling to the shop to treat myself to a can of diet coke and a chocolate bar but that seemed defeatist. Cycling Jar it it is then. #BloggerClubUK

    • Tooting Mama
      August 24, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      You go for it! What will you save up for!

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