Runner’s Block

This morning, I was supposed to get up around eight am and go for an eight mile run. It didn’t happen.

It’s been over a week and a half since I ran my first half marathon, and I find myself in a slump. While I was training, I had no trouble waking up at six, seven, or eight am to go for my daily run. However, since my race I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find the motivation to get out there and run. And, when I do, I get tired more quickly than I did during my training. This then discourages me to run the next day since I hate feeling so weak. It’s a loop that is extremely frustrating for me, as I love running and I don’t know why I am feeling so lazy and unfit. One theory I have is that before, I had a goal in mind and a purpose for my runs. Now that I don’t have any future races, my runs feel pointless and is causing these feelings. Has this ever happened to anyone else? I hope I’m not the only one.

I’m hoping that later today my energy will pick up and I will go for a run. I think I’ll also start looking into races in the spring that I can sign up for to hopefully get me out of this funk.

My tentative goals for my spring semester: Build muscular endurance/strength (and hopefully gain back some of the weight that I lost while training), and compete in another half marathon.

If anyone has any tips for goal setting and/or has gone through something similar and wants to offer advice, please do! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

3 thoughts on “Runner’s Block

  1. I’ve had this problem in nearly every race I’ve run, from 5Ks to half marathons. I finally came to the conclusion that it’s okay to take a couple of days off – you earned it, right? If you ran the race hard, your body probably needs a day or two to rebuild, anyway. My real problem comes along when my body doesn’t want to run a week or more after the event has ended. At that point, I remind myself that all of the endurance that I gained while training could potentially be lost, and I try to remind myself of the strong, fit runner that I want to be (Tumblr helps – embarrassing!). So sign up for the next race, and run some more! Also, congratulations on finishing your first half! That’s so so SO exciting! Sending my love from one Phi Mu (newbie) runner to another! :)

  2. Your post got me thinking about what after my first organized run next month and I thought it would be cool to set out to discover all the little lanes in my town.

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