Running Mojo Gone Walkies

I lost my running mojo.

I was ashamed to admit my runjo had went walkies. I felt like I couldn’t run anymore, I felt too unfit to run, I felt sad, my pace had slowed down and every time I tried to run I just didn’t want to finish. I went on a run with Rach and she literally had to lecture me to keep running… that has never happened to me before. Normally I like to try and motivate people, this time I needed all the motivation I could get!

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I decided to chill out for a while. I didn’t run properly for about 6 weeks, not once did I want to either. When I needed a break from my studies I went out on my bike for a ride instead. Running had lost its appeal to me, I even thought to myself this is it, I’m giving away my half marathon places, no more long distance running for me.

Then Charlie happened. How does this man do it? How does he know? I swear I felt like his email was sent directly to me and just for me… as did probably a lot of RDC members. I found out I wasn’t the only one with a missing runjo. His words reassured me that I wasn’t the only one feeling sorry for myself. A lot of people go through it. Why so many at the same time I have no idea, maybe it’s the recent good weather? Either way I wasn’t alone which is one of the reasons why I love Run Dem Crew – you are never alone.

I started running again last week Sunday, I took it slow and to be honest I didn’t enjoy it.

I ran on Tuesday with Run Dem down to the Olympic stadium. It was hard and it just confirmed to me my fitness had gone downhill, and once again, I didn’t enjoy it. (Big shouts to Lisa who stayed with me when I had to walk for a stretch back to 1948, again another reason why I love RDC – #crewlove).

Even though both these runs were hard and a bit crap I decided to go for a solo run on Friday. It ended out being one of my favourite runs, in like, ever.

It wasn’t a PB, it wasn’t my longest distance and it wasn’t a new beautiful route.

Instead, it was slow, it was a solo 12km and it was my good old local Victoria park route.

I went out to do at least 5k, I changed route and decided to up the kms a bit. I went off path and ran along the grass, I chased the sunset and smiled at everyone I passed. I didn’t have my phone with me so there was none of the standard Instagram shots of my run, I just got to really appreciate the views by myself without anyone else having to give it their “like” of approval. Not once did I have to breathe too hard and not once did I have a screw face or look down at the floor (which is what I usually do when a run gets hard).

For every fifth smile I gave I got a smile back, which was nice.

I enjoyed myself so much that I got a bit lost and accidentally looped the park twice – that’s a first.

I’ve got my runjo back and I couldn’t be happier- yay!

Have you lost your runjo before? How did you get it back?

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7 Comments

  • kate says:

    I am having the same problem right now! Its too hot, so my excuses are as follows,

    its too hot,
    its too late in the day (its too hot)
    i cant run in the evening (its too muggy)
    ill go tommorrow

    But watching my times go down instead of up is really heartbreaking! I’m running with my boyfriends brother today who is loads better than me, so hopefully being kicked up the bum will help boost me, as ill feel like ive had a good work out against my will!

    RUNTOTHEBEAT in september, lots of work to do :(

    • Kim Ngo says:

      Me too! :( I was comparing my stats from early this year to now and I was shocked. I got so caught up in time and pace that I forgot how good it felt to just run! I’m hoping my pace and flow will just come naturally. See you at RTTB- finally! :)

  • Harriet says:

    it is so nice to come across this. I am doing my first 10k in Septmeber so I’m supposed to be training for that. I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to run. However , this post really helped. Hopefully I will get my running mojo back.

  • Gary Pickles says:

    This is an amazing post.

    I lose my runjo regularly and always have to push myself to get back out there. Sometimes it’s so difficult but the best feeling is jogging at your own pace and easing back into the runners lifestyle. I totally agree with your approach to smiling while running and I sure hope to adopt this when I next overcome my lack of runjo!

    Gaz

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  • Marie says:

    It’s happening to me right now! I always enjoyed looking at people running. Now it is even not appalling!
    I am just going to give me some time and register anyway to the Cambodia half! And I will try to do as you did: just put a foot after another and keep on smiling!
    Thank mate!

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