Running mojo is something that has very much been on my mind lately.
Even though this is maybe an exaggeration I have been feeling like whenever my running starts getting to a comfortable happy place, something happens and I then need to start from scratch again. This has been going on since last year (nose surgery, flu, sprained ankle) and this year (flu, sprained ankle, flu). In no way do I want to complain about it because there are WAY worse issues to have, but it has thrown me a little and made me question where my mojo has disappeared to when I do return to running each time. I also don’t want it to be some sort of subconscious excuse thing (but really I love running so I don’t think it is?… studying psychotherapy makes one question everything 😮 ).
You will be relieved to hear that I have since had an EPIPHANY about this. Get excited please 🙂
Every time I have come back to running after a break of more than two weeks I have done a few short runs that didn’t feel great and then one longer run (eg over an hour) that felt horrific (cardio wise) but that I pushed through, and I have realised that it is this one longer run that is the major magic mojo enhancer.
Realising that is super exciting because by reminding myself that every time I have pushed through that run and that as a result subsequent runs feel better and better, I feel way more motivated to push through to that point and start reaping the benefits.
So in honour of that epiphany, I strapped on my running shoes and decided that today would be that day. I pimped my phone with a new playlist and headed out the door.
It was a GLORIOUS run. Usually I don’t feel the running endorphins too much until after the run but this time I could totally feel them running through my veins about five minutes in. Fresh music definitely helped, and maybe it is a placebo effect (and if it is I don’t really care anyway, either way I wasn’t complaining) but I really feel like my strength training HIIT workout sessions of the last week made me feel stronger.
There are two morals to this story:
1) Pushing through a few harder workouts is totally worth it because you WILL get back to where you were before
2) Changing your mindset = changing your reality. By deciding today was the day for the beastie run I stopped mentally obsessing about will I/won’t I type stuff and just did it- which also allowed me to just sit back and enjoy it.
Okay there is kindof a third moral too- fresh music is an AWESOME mojo enhancer.
I followed the run with a bit of handstand practice as per my current goals (please excuse the odd socks and pyjama pants and running top awkwardly tucked into them, it was that or flashing you like in the last post and I think that was probably enough for one week).
It still needs a wee bit more work 😉
Bestie serenaded me on the guitar while I did yoga. Yoga + live music = living the dream.
It is endorphin central over here people. While I would love to keep talking (typing?) to you lovelies I am off to my group therapy class, they are definitely going to think it is appropriate for me to be doing some therapy when they wonder why I am so weirdly blissed out and don’t realise that it’s because I did an awesome beastie run and am nicely hopped up on endorphins now.
Where does your running mojo come from? How do you re-find it when you have lost it?
What have you done after some running setbacks to help regain fitness? – I sweat the HIIT has helped because running moderately feels like heaven compared to feeling like death for 15 minutes of intense interval training.