NMA Radio: The Guilt-Free Running Slump

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Every runner goes through slumps. Life gets busy, the weather gets hot (or cold), and whatever “running mojo” looks like to you, you’ve lost it.

I’m no different, and I’m in the midst of a slump now: the training I had planned for a fall marathon never really got off the ground, and my running for the past few months has been next to non-existent.

But something is different this time. This time, I don’t feel guilty about it.

Somehow (meditation, maybe?) I’m at peace with the slump. I’m not beating myself up for letting the marathon goal slip away. I can see this for what it is, without judgement, and in a strange way I feel free — with a newfound excitement about other types of training.

As it turns out, co-host Doug is dealing with a running slump of his own. Except he’s one week away from a 50K, and his training looks a lot different from mine.

In today’s episode, we talk about our slumps and how we’re embracing the lack of motivation instead of fighting it. If you’ve been in a slump recently, or you’re in one right now, this one is for you.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • The end of a marathon comeback?
  • The “seasons” of motivation
  • How suffering through a race can foster new inspiration
  • The no-excuse apology
  • Coming to terms with your slump

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  3. Marc Vissar says:

    Hello guys!
    I really enjoy your podcast!
    I just wonder if any of you considered a triathlon to break the slump of running!
    I don’t know if it had a podcast in this topic but I always wondered after a ultra the next step is a triathlon!
    I am 46 years old married with children and I run only one marathon a year to keep me
    motivated and always keep me away of slumps! Keep the good work and the push ups! LOL

  4. Hi! It’s amazing how the Universe knows what message I need to hear at the perfect time! I’ve been in a running slump for most of the summer (and the Texas heat & humidity is so exhausting and uninspiring), running inconsistently indoors at the very least and have a 10-mile race scheduled for the end of the month. I’m so not ready, and don’t even care, which is so not like me! My last race was a half back in March and I was under-trained for that one as well. I did go into my half with a non-competitive attitude and set my intention to just enjoy the run, which I did, aside from it being cold & rainy! It was my 2nd half and although I didn’t PR (but kept almost exactly the same time and ran negative splits!) it was a good race overall. For my upcoming 10-miler, I’m seriously thinking of switching to the 5 mile distance, which I know I can cover, or transferring to another one in the series (Texas 10) in December so I have more time to re-build my endurance. I’ve also been meditating and have been more focused on yoga & other body weight exercises to gently build strength. I’m more concerned right now with strengthening my muscles, especially legs & core, than running a faster race. Lately, I’ve felt that if I don’t enjoy running, for whatever reason (heat, joint pain, etc.) then it’s not a good time to do it. I don’t want to burn myself out or incur injury. And I’m not going to stress over it. Stress is an enemy as it is, and if doing something, no matter how much I love it, or used to love it, causes anxiety, it’s not worth the stress. Sometimes it’s good to say no (or at least not right now!) and accept where you’re at because it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be in this journey called life. Best wishes to you and all the NMA’s who are in the same boat! No worries! Love & Light!

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