Thursday, January 10, 2013

Runner Confessions

I must confess...

it has been three weeks since my last speed workout. 

That means over 21 days without tempos or intervals, no mile repeats or 800s.  And I am not sure I see the return of them in the next few weeks.

If you have been reading for a while then you know that I love speedwork.  Just love.  Love sprinting around a track; love 400m repeats, love long tempos.  Painfully hard and challenging workouts, yes please.  So deciding to take a break from it was difficult. 

For the past 21 days I have been running the same amount of miles per week but they have all been easy.  After a hard year of training, I knew I needed to take some time to let my body rest.  And since I have no real race plans as of yet, it was getting hard to find motivation to run fast especially in the cold mornings. 

Running easy is great but after a while it gets a little bit boring.  Slower miles all the time on the same routes in the dark can just be overwhelming and not motivating at all.  So I decided it was time to mix things up a bit.

I ran in the afternoon instead of morning.  Running in the morning guarantees I get my workout in but sometimes switching to afternoons can really help.  Plus I get to actually see the scenery that I run by and often notice new things.

I ran with my best running friend.  NOTHING makes the miles fly by quicker than running with my BRF.  She is basically my twin and we always talk while we run.

I ran a new route.  Often I am afraid to run a new route in the mornings because it is dark.  I stick to routes I know in the morning so I took the chance to not only run in the afternoon but also run a new route.  I love exploring on the run and finding new routes.

But even with these, sometimes the miles are still boring and tough.  What do you do when you lose motivation??


Logan said...

Like you, if I lose motivation I either try a new route or run with a friend. Right now my sister and I are doing the same training plan, so when I am not motivated to do that day's workout, I can call her to do it with me (and vice versa). New routes have been my big things lately, though. I'm a big trail runner, so I've been exploring new trails (to me) near DC.

Kim said...

I love the pics you included in this post!

Smart idea to take a break from speed, and good ideas to keep you motivated. Hmm. My biggest ones are running with a friend or in a new place and you covered those. I guess new tunes, if you do that!

Nicole Orriëns said...

A new playlist always helps me! Or a new running skirt...


Johann said...

I've always got plenty races lined up...even years in advance and that keeps me motivated. My training is already geared towards some extreme races I want to complete over the next few years.

Anonymous said...

Running with friends and changing scenery is my #1 for motivation. Shopping for running clothes works too :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

When I lose motivation, I sign up for a race! I just did that as I was feeling like my workouts were so aimless. I still sort of feel that way as I am just training for a 10 miler (and won't be looking to PR or anything like that, I just want to finish strong).