Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Where did my running mojo go?

I’ve lost my running mojo.  Yea, I still run but without the love and the belief I’m doing what is mine to do.  I’ve put on weight, run slower and all without the spark, the desire to get out there and run.  I keep complaining about it but haven’t made a change.  You know that saying the definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing and expecting different results.

I decided it’s time to make a change. I set my intention to just get out and run.  An intention is different than a goal. A goal is a measurable activity such as I’m going to run 6 miles by a specific date, or run 8 minutes per mile in a half marathon.  If I started with just the goal and didn’t meet the goal, I would fail.  I wouldn’t know how to keep increasing my way towards the goal.  To me, that’s what an intention is, moving me forward to improvement and ultimately toward my goal.

When I have my running mojo it gives me such joy. I set my intention to get out and run knowing in turn, overtime, because I set my intention, I’ll get my mojo back.

My intention is to get out there.

Simple as that. 

If I know my intention is to run: 
  • It will encourage me to get up when my alarm goes off when I truly want to roll over. 
  • It will encourage me to enjoy the birds in the trees and not focus on being faster.
  • It will encourage me to run past the corner and run one mile before I decide today’s not a good day for running.
  • It will encourage me to run fartleks, a minute faster, a minute slower
  • It will encourage me to not focus on where ‘I should be’. 

I know that by setting an intention and keeping in my mind, there is no place to go but towards it.

Have you lost your running mojo? Did you set intentions or goals to work towards getting it back?

Happy Running!


Running Through Phoenix said...

Running partenrs? Your mojo cant leave you Princess Buttercup. There would be no you without your mojo.

Johann said...

I've never been without running mojo. I think it is because I have so many long term goals. I always have a "next big goal" to drive me. Hope your mojo returns soon!

Christy said...

I'm sure being that it's summer doesn't help. Especially a Phoenix one. I like to pick a race far in the horizon and it usually helps my mojo, or I watch YouTube videos of inspiration and get excited once again. Good luck.

lindsay said...

I've been there! Sometimes you have to relax a bit - we can be a bit too competitive with ourselves. "But I know I can do an x:xx pace / x miles / etc". Just get out and run for fun until you feel like getting back into "serious" running.

Anonymous said...

I lost my running mojo after a knee injury from a past event. I've been using one of those treadmill/desk hybrids like this - lifespan tr 800 to speed up recovery and 'fix' for running.

Losing your mojo is great because you can finally sit back from a third person view and see all the great things you've done.

You'll get back your mojo Christina!