Confession: My Motivation Just Isn't What It Used to Be

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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.
Want to read more about this topic?  Check out Talk Yourself into Reaching Your Goals and Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation.  

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I really can relate to this feeling. At the beginning, I was in the gym 6 days a week. Now I am lucky if I can make it 3 days a week. My workout motivation is starting to decrease rapidly and it's starting to scare me. I just hope that it's only a slump and things will get back to normal once I get other personal issues in order. Report
My motivation to exercise had waned, big time. I don't know why because once I get going I really enjoy it and I feel great afterwards. But just getting off the couch to get started had gotten really hard lately. I have new motivation now. My hubby and I just got a dog last week and I find that knowing that *he* needs to go for a walk and that *he* needs his exercise is great motivation for me. So even though I can't get motivated enough to exercise for my sake, I find I can do it for his sake. Report
Things that come to mind- Have you "over trained"? I do think a short break for another sport that gets your heart pumping may help.
Have you read Ryan Hall's book "Running with Joy"? (My son calls it Running with Mom as my name is Joy : ) Report
I agree...I'm training for a half marathon also and my motivation just isn't there anymore either...I miss running for fun and not to make sure my distance is there...I'm hoping that after the half I can go back to my normal running schedule and enjoy it again!!!! Report
I struggle with finding any motivation.... I ache all the time and while my head tells me that a regular work out and the associated weight loss would definitely improve how I feel, the ache makes me want to just lie down and rest.... Trying to find something I CAN do that isn't torture is a challenge Report
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