In light of recent events, and all of our hearts, thoughts and prayers being there in Boston, it may feel a bit taboo to admit at the moment. Even still – It’s true. We all at times feel frustrated with how our runs are going. How we’re feeling while running. Or wondering what it is we’re doing wrong.
I came across this sentiment recently at She Rocks Fitness, and needless to say – I’ve so been there. I could relate so well to what Katie was saying, I started to think about how I’ve gotten myself out of this exact funk in the past, and so this post was born.
So how do I combat these frustrations and keep myself in check? Here are 4 things that have worked for me:
1. Keep it in Perspective
There have been so many times that I have been ready to just throw in the towel. It’s not even funny. Throwing hissy fits within myself because I didn’t finish my 3 miles “fast enough”. How about lets put it in perspective. I was ABLE to run 3 miles! Some people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to say that. Some would give anything to be able to run one.
2. Find a Newer Runner to Share in the Experience
I started running in December 2010. I ran my first half marathon in October 2011. I have since run 2 other half marathons, but I’m telling you, I have YET to feel the same runners high as I did when I completed my very FIRST one. It’s still there, but just not as intense. Because of that, I felt like my love affair with running was waning a tad bit. I feel like I need to “up the ante” so to speak, but I don’t quite know if I’m ready to tackle a full 26.2.
What renewed my enjoyment in running has been living vicariously through others as they complete their “running firsts” milestones! The most recent experience has been watching my fellow blogger – Danielle complete her very first 10K race! It was bittersweet because she pretty much kicked my ass time-wise. But hey—I’ll use the excuse that I’m older than she is.
In the very near future (May 11th) – I will have the privilege of running with a dear friend I’ve known since high school. Kelly will be running her very first 5K that day! And I couldn’t be more proud and excited for her!!
3. Make It a Family Affair
This actually kind of pairs well with number two for me. Kenzer will sometimes join me on my runs. It makes it not so much about the running as it is about picking a healthy activity to be done with your family. Plus (and this is how it pairs with #2) – we have the opportunity to hit new milestones together. Slowly I would increase the distance or the time that Kenzer and I spent running. And before I knew it, she had run her very first 5K with her Mama! This is her last year after her first 5K experience:
4. If All Else Fails Say “Screw it”
Now not so fast!! Make sure to read this in it’s entirety. I’m not saying stop running all together. Or giving up. I’m saying give it a rest. Take a break from it. I took a good four months off from pounding the pavement. We’re talking not-one-inkling of running. Nada. I was over it. I knew I wasn’t done for good. But I was done for now. And you know what happened? I missed it. I came back with a newfound sense of enjoyment in running. Just getting out there. Leaving the Garmin at home and just going.
And consequently, I’ve improved my times at the past two races I’ve run in comparison to years prior. Imagine that. See ya out there!
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