When you’re on fire, you know it.
Running is all you can think about. Your workouts are hard, but they’re the best part of your day.
After each one, you feel unstoppable, and you can’t wait until tomorrow, so you can do it all again.
But when running is hard, it’s really hard. It feels forced, and you know deep down that even if it looks like you’re running, you’re really just going through the motions.
And though you give yourself a pat on the back after you get out there and grind out a workout, you can’t help but remember all the times when you didn’t need to play cheerleader — when you ran because running was all you wanted to do.
8 Ways to Break Out of the Funk
Since my last 50-miler in September 2010, I’ve been in a rut like this.
A few months on, a few months off, never really feeling that drive and passion that I did before when I was training to qualify for Boston and to run ultra distances for the first time. I’ve managed to run a few marathons and a 50K during this time, but the spark you feel when everything’s clicking just hasn’t been there.
Until recently, that is. I can’t say I’m fully back yet — running is still something I have to make time for, instead of it being the one thing that everything else takes a back seat to. But for the first time, I’m close enough to being back to my old form that I feel comfortable writing about how to get there.