Finding Motivation To Record My First Run Of The Week And Breaking Through Running Apathy.
I’m starting to get excited about running again!
This time next week I’ll be in central Glasgow waiting for the start of the Great Scottish Run which is probably my favourite half marathon event.
It’s definitely not the prettiest run out there, but I love the atmosphere. It can and should easily rival the Great North Run.
I think my first Great Scottish Run in 2011 was my most important half marathon to date. Around that time I was thinking about giving running up altogether but that one race turned everything around and I entered Cardiff a month later just because of it.
I’ve lost any running speed I’ve ever had because of the pies and the hills.
I really wanna go for a personal best this time around, but I’m not sure if I’ll manage it. I haven’t completed any speedwork in months. All I’ve been doing of late is hills and distance.
I haven’t been this slow in quite some time.
My first run of the week – 16 miles
I went out today and thumped out 16 miles in 2:38. It was a really fucking tough run and I can’t say I enjoyed any of it.
The problem was that I didn’t treat it as a long run. By the 4th or 5th mile I was running at my tempo pace of a 9:20 min/mile thinking that I’d be able to easily sustain it for the rest of the run.
By the 14th mile I was dying out there. It didn’t help that I had no gels or drinks other than a 500ml bottle of Lucozade sport with me.
I did really well to hold on for 16 miles given the circumstances and I’m proud of the run. This will be a turning point.
Complete loss of running motivation recently
I’ve really struggled with my diet and my running in the last few weeks.
I’m switching jobs in a month’s time and it’s been quite stressful. I’ve dropped into quite a negative mindset and it’s been hard to break out of.
When I’m feeling low, I eat like shit too and I’ll naturally wanna run less.
Getting up for morning runs has been impossible recently. I have no motivation and just wanna sleep as much as I can.
It’s fucking shitty.
Still, I can and will work my way out of this.
October will be the month where I get below 200lbs and run a marathon PB.
Despite eating badly in September, I haven’t gained much weight and am only 2lbs off being under 200lb.
If I just work at it in October I’ll be able to get below 200lbs in October and beat 4:37 in Dublin.
I just need to keep my chin up.
I’m in a good situation right now and America is only 7 weeks away now.