when you lose your running joy

It’s pretty rare for me but it does happen.

And really…it’s not lost

I consider it…temporarily misplaced.

It’s 99% of the time because of unforeseen circumstances I can’t control.

  • weather
  • injury
  • personal crisis
  • migraines

So…in the last month I’ve had all four (though the achilles is finally on the healing end…quick! knock on wood!)

And I have been running but I’m going to be honest here and say…

not. very. much.

And after the gluten incident of 2015.

I didn’t do much but sleep for the last 2-3 weeks. (and paint. I’ve painted a lot). When I go a certain length of time without running, I have to start talking myself into running again.

It’s a nasty little side effect I always attributed to Hypothyroidism.  The complete lack of energy and motivation. This  is why I try to never stop moving. Must keep moving!

Guess what my favorite side effect is? second favorite side effect is?

sheer and complete exhaustion.

Yeah, my favorite, of course, is the itching.

That has WAY tapered off and can we get a hell yeah?

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And the weather is clearing up so it’s getting nice and warm here.

Thank you for Denver’s crazy ass temps.

It’s supposed to be gorgeous today on the heels of yesterday’s beautiful day which means all the sidewalks and streets might actually be mostly clear.

I’m running today.

It’ll probably be a run/walk.

I don’t care. I need to get out.

And I’m going to have to do at least a quick yoga. Because I am feeling the pain of not moving.

I just know this is going to be a tough weekend and the best way to process it is to do it.

on my own.

in my own head.

The moral of this story is this…

You have to USE it or you LOSE it.

It’s really basic.

There is no drug, no magic, no special trick. You can try different motivations to get you going. Maybe meeting a friend or set alarms and sleep in your running clothes?  There’s a lot you can do. but really…there’s only one trick. It’s simple.

Get out there and do it and you’ll be so happy you did. 

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Run on…

4 Replies to “when you lose your running joy”

  1. I can’t run now but when I ran as a kid I hated the being out of breath that came with my asthma but I loved the feeling of gliding through the atmosphere every thing in unison. I just assumed that was the reason people ran.

    1. It is totally the reason people run. There’s a music that comes with the universe. It just syncs everything together.
      But when you first start out…so not friendly. So out of breath. Makes you question everything. Then I personally will hit mile two or three and the groove starts. Thankfully…
      Asthma sucks.

    1. Ugh. So true. We have a lot of runs that aren’t joyful. But even the bad ones are good and worth it.

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