Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Running Lately : Are we there yet?

Today is going to be short, sweet & to the point folks. Yesterday kicked my ass. Work managed to both speed by & drag on. I had nary a second to spare. I've got a lot going on this week & I'm just feeling all around ready for the week to be over. Unfortunately it's only Tuesday, so I've got to suck it up for a few more days. A short rant below. Linking up with Marcia x Patty x Erika for Tuesdays on the run to share.


I don't know about you, but some training cycles I am all "Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah" & others I find that I'm not quite as into it as I thought I was. I'm not sure when, but some time over the last 16 or so weeks my mind switched from the former to the latter. Maybe it was when I found out my goal race was going to be a no-go. That left me with the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. 

I've run either the Pittsburgh half or full 5 times now. And I've never done well. Last year it was 70+ degrees, sunny & humid after being in the 40's the weeks prior. The course is hilly, the first few miles are crowded, there is a long uphill around mile 11 for the half. Honestly, this is not a PR race. So, once I accepted that this training cycle was not leading me to a goal race I tapped out. I still get my long runs in, but my speed workouts have been a joke recently, and unfortunately I just don't care.

I have a time goal in mind for my upcoming half, essentially a course PR. I think I can do it. But I owe myself some quality runs. Unfortunately, right now, I want to get back to running on my schedule. Short & sweet & working on speed. I want to do some serious damage to the 5K distance this summer. I'm ready for my weekend "long runs" to be 8 miles, not 12. 

How does my running feel lately? Uninspired. I'm ready to finish my half & run on my terms, my way. Run when I want to, stop when I don't want to.

Anyone else feeling uninspired lately?
How do you keep motivated when training for a race you aren't using as a goal race?
What's your favorite thing about the "seasons" in between races? The times with no plans.


  1. I feel the same exact way- uninspired. Maybe it's just that point in spring training because I know a lot of others who feel the same way! I'm not using this full as a goal race so maybe that's why I don't even care at this point lol.

  2. I hear you, sister! The upside is that running on your own terms will be so much sweeter after you get through training and the half. You're almost there!

  3. Yep, I was in the same spot. I had a pretty long training cycle and it seems like it's hard to sustain the energy and excitement for that long. I hope you enjoy the shorter runs and speedy 5ks after Pittsburgh :)

  4. LOL, be thankful your long runs are 12 and not 18!! But, I get it. I'm tired of training too. And yes, we really are almost there. It feels forever away but in 4 weeks it will be post race and I guarantee you all of us will be saying "where did the time go??" Hang in there

  5. Oh no! Uninspired sounds rough! Maybe it's the awful swinging weather ! I know that the strong cold wind has me wishing for warm weather... and I normally don't complain about the weather.

    I hope you find some good inspiration!

  6. I totally feel you. I loved starting my half marathon training & having a plan ahead of me... but I'm now at the point where I'm able to run without a plan - make a good 5 or 6 mile run as my normal weekend run - not whatever the schedule says :) Uninspired is a good word for it

  7. Sorry to hear that you are feeling uninspired. I don't normally ever feel like that but if I do, I would still get out there bc I always feel better when I'm done.

  8. honestly? i think i have been feeling that way for 4 years. i have just been feeling blah with running, and it all started because i took too much time off after a really good half marathon (for me) and never got back up to where i was, so i am constantly comparing, constantly getting further away, and constantly hating that. it's stupid.

  9. I totally get you! I felt like this for my past 2 half marathon training cycles. I actually am somewhat opposite at the moment.. but who knows for how long! Haha. I'm starting training this week for a half at the end of May and I'm really excited. Hopefully that will pay off and not result in burning out or something.

    I think when I have done a half marathon before it doesn't get me as excited or motivated. Knowing the course or having a race be at home instead of traveling for it doesn't have the excitement that a new-to-me race does. I don't know.. I'm weird haha.

  10. I hope you find your mojo. We all go through it from time to time. When I get stuck I try and mix thing up a bit, find the fun side of things to help me. Good luck to you!

  11. I think this uninspired thing is going around. I've totally been there done that. It's really why I didn't signup for any big race this spring. Just was not feeling it. Burnout is real. Wow kudos to you for continuing to run a race that is so hard.

  12. I was this way all winter. I'm just now finally getting back into it and it's still a bit of a struggle. I ended up signing up for a billion races so that I occasionally push myself.

    Hope your mojo arrives before the race. And then enjoy the freedom after.


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