I used to feel like running was a big part of who I was. I was always looking forward to the next race and training for something. Even though I had days where the run was rough, I didn’t feel good or I was tired and didn’t want to go, I always felt good when it was over. That feeling is what kept me going and what kept me motivated to continue challenging myself through the sport.
Recently, I’ve been struggling to remember what it was like to love running. I’m still a regular runner, but going out for a run just isn’t what it used to be. I’m currently training for a half-marathon so I feel like I need to stick to the schedule. But most of the time I don’t really want to go, which is unusual for me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m so busy, I’m tired (3 young kids will do that to you), or because I miss training for events with a group (which I just haven’t had time to do since baby #3 arrived.) Maybe it’s a combination of those things.
I planned to run a marathon in the Fall, which means I’ll have to start training this Summer. I like challenging myself. I like being an example to my kids of a strong, physically fit woman. But when I think about the training right now, I almost have a feeling of dread, and that’s not how I want exercise to feel. I’ve always enjoyed being active and will find the time to exercise, no matter how hectic life gets. I don’t want to lose that feeling because I’m forcing myself to do something I no longer enjoy.
Part of me feels like this is just a phase that will pass. Perhaps I need to make an effort to join a training group, find new places to run or do something else to mix it up and make the workouts interesting again. If it’s not just a phase, maybe it’s time for me to find new activities to challenge myself. My local martial arts studio has a kickboxing class I’ve been wanting to try, so maybe now is the time.
Whether your goal is to adopt new healthy habits or just maintain your current healthy living routine, have you had times where your motivation has waned? It’s easy to be full of motivation when you first start eating healthier and exercising regularly. The real challenge comes in establishing a routine you can live with long-term, and even feel like you’re enjoying these new habits instead of dreading them.
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