Good morning! Today is travel-back-to-Charlotte day, and I hear it snowed while we were gone! Hope it isnâ€™t all melted.
We woke up slowly, and then I munched on a leftover dinner roll and contemplated a run.
It took forever but I finally motivated myself to lace up my shoes and go for a run. Itâ€™s actually pretty cold in Florida today (around 35?!) but the scenery more than made up for it.
Favoriteâ€¦ placeâ€¦ toâ€¦ runâ€¦ in THE ENTIRE WORLD. I am not exaggerating.
I finished 3.0 miles in about 30 minutes. I barely broke a sweat though because it was so chilly!
Came home, packed up our suitcases, and sat down for a breakfast with the family.
My sister-in-law cooked up this amazing breakfast: toast, fruit, scrambled eggs, steamed spinach, home fries, and mushrooms.
An Athletic Rut
So â€“ Iâ€™m hoping you all can help me out, because you always have such good advice. Iâ€™ve really been struggling with being in a workout rut ever since my October 30 Marathon. Iâ€™m sure some of you will giggle when I say this, but I really think of myself as an â€œathleteâ€ and think this helps motivate me to work out regularly.
But lately, Iâ€™ve been struggling to see myself as an â€˜athlete.â€™ Exercising, while I still love to do it when Iâ€™m out there, feels like such a chore initially. Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s post-marathon blues, my first winter in Charlotte, burnout, a nagging minor IT band/knee injury, or what â€“ but I cannot get myself mentally excited about exercise lately! Iâ€™m still working out 4 â€“ 5 days a week, but my hours have dropped from 5 â€“ 6 to 2 â€“ 3 per week, and I just donâ€™t feel as mentally or physically behind my workout efforts as I have for the past 4 years.
Iâ€™ve tried all my tricks, including:
Sign up for an epic race. Iâ€™m doing the National Half Marathon in March. One thing I think will help my mental motivation is to create a training plan ASAP. Iâ€™ve just been doing whatever workout I feel like each day, and I think I perform better under a plan, even if that just means planning out a week in advance.
Buy fun new running gear. I am REALLY excited to try using my Vibrams and explore barefoot running. Iâ€™ve heard that I really need to ease into barefoot running, so Iâ€™m going to begin by walking James around the neighborhood in my Vibrams. I ordered some Vibram socks, too, so I can wear them during the winter.
And last, but not least, I got this awesome indoor bike trainer called the Motivator for Christmas as well. This will let me ride my road bike inside (while watching television)! Iâ€™m hoping this will increase my motivation because my body doesnâ€™t enjoy running 4+ days a week, and I would love to be cycling more, but itâ€™s just too cold! Iâ€™d like to do another Olympic Triathlon in the Spring, so this is perfect.
Iâ€™m hoping these tricks will help boost my mental motivation and end my slump. Iâ€™ll definitely let you know if these dial it up!
Any other tricks that I should try to boost the mental motivation?