Oh, slump, slumpy, slumpiness.
I’ve been in a bit of a running slump lately. After ZOOMA, I vowed to keep up my new running lifestyle, but let me tell you. When you don’t have a terrifying upcoming race to drag you out of your cozy bed in the morning so you can run before the pavement gets hot enough to melt the soles off your shoes, it’s just easier to stay horizontal and enjoy the fact that your kids are sleeping later and playing together nicely for a good half hour or more before begging you for breakfast.
Running in the summer is terrible. My pace is much slower than even when I first started training last fall, and I’d give anything for a blast of cool, 60 degree air to keep me going. The heat just sucks the life right out of you. In fact, I think it’s sucking the life right out of this post.
And if you think I’m just being dramatic, I’m not. We pretty much don’t do anything outside that doesn’t involve water. My kids don’t even want to go into the yard, and kids shouldn’t care about that kind of thing. Go! Play! Find bugs! Do whatever it is you do!
I’ve done a few weekend runs, but nothing spectacular, and the last half is usually a run/walk deal. In the hopes of running indoors, I hit the gym at the Y last week and ran on the treadmill for the longest 15 minutes of my life. Treadmill running is not for the faint of heart, AKA it sucks squirrel nuts.
And then there’s the fitness. It’s hitting me hard. I didn’t lose any significant weight during training, but my body did change and I dropped a size. I felt fantastic! Now I feel blah and blech and my shorts are a little tighter and I hate it.
So I’m slumpy. And I’m bummed. I’m not quite sure how to get out of it. Christian thinks I should train for a fake half marathon – just follow the training plan I used for ZOOMA. It’s a great idea, but again, it’s wicked hot here. Also I’m sleepy in the mornings. I know that without an upcoming race I won’t motivate myself. So I then kick myself in the gut for not being able to self motivate. Damn you, self!
So sign up for a race! you say. Well unfortunately there aren’t many races in the summer when you live in an oven. But I am planning on some in the near future. I have my eye on the 10 mile portion of Run for the Water in October, and once it cools off a little, I plan on starting to train for the 3M Half Marathon. My friend Lori (you remember the one who loves being mentioned on my blog? Lori Lori Lori!) has run it twice and says it’s great – and mostly downhill. Holla!
Wow this was a negative post! But it mirrors my attitude and general malaise towards running, so there you go. How do you stay motivated in the off season?