Q14. I seem to have lost my love of running. Basically this time last year I was outside running at least twice a week with one long distance run. No matter what the weather I went outside and loved my running. I entered my first ever race - the Bupa Manchester 10k and I was so nervous that I wouldn't be able to do it, despite the fact I always ran at least 12k on my long runs. Leading up to it I pushed myself to go further, but found it easy, and two weeks before the race day I finally reached half a marathon. Obviously I was happy and proud of my running.
Even though on race day I was still bricking it, believing for some reason I wouldn't be able to run right on that day I did it and got a new 10k personal best.
Then I stopped?! Literally the week after I had no motivation to do anything and that motivation has never come back. Most of my runs have been forced. I get the odd run now and again which I will enjoy but most of them are just painful arguments with myself and I don't know why - usually that I cba to do the distance or my legs feel heavier than normal etc. I still run, but not as often as I was doing. And most of the time it’s on a treadmill, which is worse. I use the coldness as an excuse, or that I've eaten food that will give me a stitch. I'm still regular at the gym, and I will push myself with other exercises, although I haven't found a cardio exercise I like other than running.
Is there anything I can do to get my running mojo back? I miss it. - Hazel
A14. Hazel, why do you run? Why did you take it up? What do you get out of it? Do you have a goal (or goals)? Did you reach your goal and then wake up thinking "that's it"? So, you lost your point of running. Do you need to revisit goals or set some? Are you worn out? Would a break help? Can you go out there and take the pressure off, by daydreaming, listening for sounds as you run, enjoying being away from life's stresses????