Folks, I’ve been seriously lacking in motivation lately and I need some help! It is not that I haven’t been running, I just can’t seem to get myself out the door for a good long run after the marathon. With the exception of two 8-mile runs, I’ve been enjoying running mostly 3-6 milers a few times a week. I’ve also been focusing on Pilates more, which will undoubtedly help me as a runner, but I would like to add a little more mileage to my weeks.
My lack of training interest may stem from a lot of things. Post-marathon LDR burnout or fatigue? A lack of sleep from late-night shifts? Iron deficiency? Perhaps I’m not reading enough inspirational running memes??
I know all it really takes is just to lace up your shoes and go, but getting there has been a struggle for me. The Nike Women’s 1/2 Marathon is just 5 weeks away and I have yet to hit the double digits again (10+ miles). On the plus side, I’m miles (literally) ahead of where I was at this time last year. I had only returned to running just 7 weeks prior to the NWM after a 6 week layoff from running due to injury. I started over with 1 mile, and was able to make it to one 8 mile long run before the race day. I also finished in 2:06, which at the time was a PR.
So! Any advice?? What do you do when your motivation to run is lacking?