There they were, my shorts and running shoes tucked into my gym bag waiting for me to put them on. With two hours until preschool pick-up, I had plenty of time for the tempo run my training plan called for. I looked down at my feet as I hung my coat in my locker, my retired running shoes slightly wet from the slush already on. With a sigh and a shrug, instead of changing, I put my bag into the locker and walked out onto the gym floor. I could not bring myself to run.
Motivation was a huge issue this week. I didn’t have it.at.all. None. I’m not sure if it’s a combination of lack of sleep and the gloom of winter or if I’m just burned out. I have a feeling it’s the latter with the lack of sleep just an added bonus. For a solid two years, I’ve been training hard. I’ve been working to continue to set new personal bests at every race I do. Working to get faster and stronger to run my way to a place in Boston. Now that I’ve done it, I should be full of motivation to train hard for it. But I’m not. I’m tired.
Boston is my victory lap. It is my celebration race. While obviously I will not go in under-trained, I don’t really feel like working so hard to gain speed. Honestly, I’m ready to be done with marathon training for a while. I need a break. I’m looking forward to it. With 11 weeks to go, I need to get my shit together though. I’ve worked too hard to let myself down now. So tomorrow, I’m going to try to add a little more pep in my step. Try to remotivate (is that even a word? I don’t think so but I’m going with it.) myself to put in the miles so that when I make my way down Boylston I’m not upset that I didn’t work a little harder for the race I’ve been working towards for years.
What helps you when your motivation wains?
Monday – 3 mile walk
Tuesday – 5×1200 @ 6:53 min/mile (8.75 miles total)
Wednesday – Orangetheory (3.94 miles)
Thursday – 30 min elliptical + 15 min bike + strength
Friday – 9 miles w/ 7 at tempo
Saturday – 15 mile run + 4 mile walk
Sunday – Rest