How to Get Out of a Running Rut
I found it funny in the summer that my Monday-Friday milage was higher than my weekly milage in the winter (in Pittsburgh). Last winter was particularly terrible (hence why I moved to California) and I was maybe getting in 20 miles a week… that’s with a long(ish) run on the weekends.
Around the end of September into October, my motivation to run began to wane. I was in peak marathon training and burning out. Then a bunch of life stuff happened and I didn’t want to be alone with my thoughts that long. Moving also does nothing for running because you’re overwhelmed with things you have to do.
Luckily, a lot of my friends are runners. And those friends are all WAY more talented runners than me, like Boston Qualifiers (Lesley), soon-t0-be Boston Qualifiers (hey Em!) and people training to run at elite status (hi, Lorraine). They all assured me that it would pass, I wouldn’t hate running forever and it was okay to take a little time off. They were right.
Here’s how I got out of a running rut:
- Dialed back intensity: I went a few weeks without doing a long run. I stopped my two-a-days on Tuesdays (kind of out of necessity, RIP #TRT) and moved my daily milage back from 8 miles to 6 miles.
- Joined a running group: I’ve been running with San Francisco Road Runners on Saturdays for my long runs and I LOVE IT. I’m going to do a whole post about it but my long runs go by so much faster and I’ve met some great people already.
- Ran a new path. When I was at home, I started running at Schenley Park since I had a good amount of time on my hands.
- Saved music just for running. Want to know what will get you out of the house? Listening to new Beyonce.
- Only allow myself to do something after running. This is dumb, but sometimes when I was planning trips I wouldn’t let myself buy my plane ticket until after I ran. Even if it sucked, it got me out the door.
- Bought new running gear. If wearing new Lululemon doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will.
I was kind of complaining about a not-so-great run on Friday to someone (also a runner) and he told me something I’ve heard many times and I also tell people: for every bad run, it will make the next one that much better. And you know what? My run today was pretty damn amazing.
Chat with me:
Do you ever get in a running rut? How do you get out? Do you have any running related questions you would like me to answer in a post?