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.