It's been a fair-weather friend that comes and goes. Sometimes, all I want to do is crank out my miles. And other times, I have to use every trick in the book to get myself to lace up my shoes and get out the door. I've been told this is just how it is sometimes. A phase that will pass. But it's uncharted territory for me - I'm not used to this icky feeling of wanting to skip miles and workouts. I'm the girl who can't wait to crush every run.
The normal me: Excited to run every mile
Part of it is that after Eddie's health scare, I've been wanting to spend every extra minute at home with him. I know it's a bit silly since he's back to normal and during his follow-up visit over the weekend the vet said he is doing really well. But I still worry about him whenever I'm away from home.
My little shadow!
Showing off his hospital shaving!
Sometimes, I can barely make it up the steps to my apt after a hard workout!
But even the wonderful moments sprinkled in, I'm still faced with not knowing sure what to expect during most runs. Being only two weeks away from my next race that makes me nervous. Chicago Rock 'n' Roll 10k is supposed to be a goal race - one where I get to chase my PR - but I find myself wondering if I can do it. All I can do is remind myself to believe - take things a day at a time and know that the tides will turn for the better again. Eventually I'll find my usual fire and motivation again.
Until then, there's this fantastic quote from Alysia Montaño:
"You don't have to be 100 percent but you can still give 110 percent."
So that's the goal right now. Take things a day at a time. Run with gratitude. Give 110 percent.
My questions for you:
- Have you ever experienced a running slump? If so, how did you pull yourself out of it?
- Do you believe there's such a thing as a perfect race buildup?
- What are you grateful for right now?
I'm grateful for my family, friends and good health!