I immediately got hit with this:
It's been a progressively bigger and bigger struggle for me to stay motivated with running these days. Right now it feels more burdensome than fun to train or run races.
Common thoughts for me these days:
I have to get up at WHAT HOUR in the morning?!?!?
I have to do HOW LONG of a long run?!?!?
I have to go WHERE to pick up my race packet?!?!?
I have watched other folks make huge improvement strides in short periods of time. However, my own training has plateaued and it feels really frustrating.
I'm not going to make excuses for my lack of improvement because it's my own doing (or lack thereof). My training efforts have not been consistent by any stretch of the imagination. The problem is that it tends to be a vicious cycle for me. When I don't see results, I lose motivation - and the more I unmotivated I become, the harder it is for me to work on creating results.
I've tried mixing things up a bit overall in an attempt to keep things interesting. I have added Wisconsin and Michigan to the list of states that I've raced in and I've tried a trail race. Off the running path, I've taken a trapeze lesson and tried stand-up paddleboarding.
All of those things were fun. But they haven't snapped me out of my motivational funk.
It doesn't help right now that Chicago has just gotten hit with a dangerous heatwave that is supposed to last this entire week. Gotta love the timing for the 5K I'm running tonight, the 10K on Thursday night, and the half marathon this Sunday. Race-time temps for both tonight and Thursday night are forecasted to be in the upper 80s/low 90s! Talk about deflating.
I think I am looking for something new into which to channel my fitness energy and focus - but I don't know what that could be. It seems like a lot of runners go the duathlon or triathlon route, but that doesn't sound hugely appealing to me right now. I'm only moderately into group fitness classes and I consider yoga/pilates to be "side" courses. What else is out there? Intramural sports for uber-beginners? Curling 101? Trampoline tumbling?
Basically I really need something like this:
If anyone sees one of these out on the marketplace, please let me know.