Sunday, December 04, 2011

What To Do?

At last I typed, I planned to be "zen" for a while. Well, I have only kinda-sorta stuck with that. As soon as I got my new orthotics for my Brooks, I decided to honor my Type-A personality and pick a race. The winner is: The Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati. It's on my bucket list, so why not go ahead and mark it off?

The zen part of this is that I am going to try to, once again, Galloway my way to the starting line. For a run-walk program, it's no easy task. The training period is about three days shy of FOREVER. I hope I can stick it out. The weekday runs are timed runs that will max out at 45 minutes, and they do include speed and hills. A walk day is also included. That all sounds zen, right?

Firefighter Isaac says "Chill out, mommy, your running mojo will return eventually."

The issue is... I seem to have lost my mojo. I have been back running, post-hiatus, for FOUR MONTHS now, and I just can't seem to feel good about a single run. I feel heavy, sluggish, and demoralized. How on earth am I going to make it 26.2 miles for the seventh time? I thought the run-walk would help tremendously, but so far it has not.

Give it time, woman!

I have two extremely awesome cheerleaders on my team. Love them!

Any and all suggestions as to how to "perk up and look alive out there" would be appreciated.


PLANET3RRY said...

as Princess Liea told her dad in the movie Star Wars ( or Star Wares: A New Hope for the whipper snappers), "The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

I think that can be said too of our running mojo, our proverbial star system. The more that we try to 'fit' our mojo into a running schedule, if it's not the right time it won't work. The good news is that this Missing Mojo is cyclical and so we can expect it to come back. The bad news is that it is erratic and we don't always know when it will be coming back. Thankfully it's not on the same cycle as Halley's Comet!

there are a couple of things that we can do to try to nudge our Mojo back in the right direction. In cheesecake world, it's making our the oven is the right temperature so that the pie doesn't split in the center during cooking. First, find a couple new runners blogs or podcast... Find a fresh perspective. Two, sign up a local race that's really soon, like this weekend and run with the last few runner, staying at their pace... Be their mentor. Three, volunteer at the race: offer to pull double duty with one of the being at the Finish Line.

Our running mojo is like a phoenix, it never dies but it does need to be reborn out of the ashes.

Heather said...

I think you are being way too hard on yourself. As a Type A myself, I know I am my own worst enemy. I know I expect more of myself than I can even give sometimes. So cut yourself some slack and go with the flow. Maybe you don't do every single workout like the plan puts fwd. Or make up your own plan that works for you and your schedule! =)

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