The common thought is that if you find your motivation lacking you should commit to something! Sign up for a race, make a goal, put it in writing, tell others and get to work! And often that works like a charm. It’s been a solid tactic for me on many occasions.
But lately? Not so much.
My training has been so scattered lately. One week I’m hot, the next I’m cold. One week the miles come easy, the next I’m lucky to get half the miles I had planned.
On the off weeks, I just feel tired.
Unable and unwilling to go out for a run.
And that’s a frustrating feeling.
Frustration brings on more feelings of negativity, which makes me more tired.
I admit, it’s AWESOME that I am so much more in tune with my body now. I can pay attention to the cues that my body is drained and in need of rest. But it’s also extremely frustrating that I seem to need so much more rest lately.
Mentally I’m stressing over a lot of things in life. Work, family, friends, health… and stress wears your body down like a hard workout without any of the positive effects like exercise. I know it’s bad for me and I try to keep it in check, but I am a “yes woman” and commit to doing things for others before I take care of myself.
Last week was an off week. I’m hoping this week I’ll “switch on”. I have two Team Challenge information meetings to attend this week (we had two last week) and I will lead our first pre-season run on Saturday. We’ll have one more info meeting and the team kick-off next week. The regular 16-week season will start the following Saturday.
I need to switch on. I have a team to lead. I have a race on May 1.
Got any motivation tips, words of encouragement or stress-relief tactics for me?