Sunday, March 19, 2017

5 Things to Remember When Running No Longer Excites You

Can you recall the good old days when you were a wide eyed runner with hopes and dreams? When you couldn't wait to hop out of bed and pound the pavement? When you felt you had no limitations to what you could do? Yeah, I can remember feeling that way too.

I am Beth and I am just so damn happy to be running I could crap myself.

Not to say that you've lost your boner for running, but maybe it is a bit fleeting (or flacid). Maybe you just need a reminder of why you fell in love with this sport in the first place. Personally, I need these reminders every time I am lacking in motivation or I have a sucky run/race or I simply am feeling a tad burned out.

So, here goes.

1. You started running for a reason. Think back. What was it that got your out there initially? Over time, our reasons for running can change. But in all likelihood, the intention you started back then is still relevant. For me, running represented freedom, accomplishment and something of my own. I started running when my kids were 7 and 10 (they are now 16 and 19!). Running was a way to literally run out the door, not kill anyone and get back a sense of self. Sure, there were health benefits, shots of adrenaline and cute clothes, but my reasons were more mental/emotional.

2. Your options aren't limited. Maybe you and running fell out of love because you got bored with it. Maybe you need to spice things up. If you run the same route all the time, try running in the opposite direction. Get really crazy and leave the roads and bike paths altogether and find some trails. Sick and tired of running long? Train for shorter distances and get faster. Or, do the opposite and take on a running distance that's new to you.

3. Everyone gets slower with age. Yeah, so there are those that actually improve with age like full bodied red wines and fruit cake, but the majority of us are going to slow down. Why? Because we're old motherf&ckers. And, our VO2 max and strength decline while our body fat may increase (you know - muffin top, beer belly, etc). In truth, we likely slow 7% per decade in our 40s, 50s and 60s (source). Yikes. I write this not to depress you, but to tell you that if part of why running no longer excites you is that you are frustrated by becoming slower: GET OVER IT. That's life. Do what you can to take care of yourself and keep plugging along. And, always consider the alternative (that means you could be dead).

4. Taking a break is allowed. Maybe you'd like running a hell of a lot more if you simply took a break from it for awhile. It's not a divorce, just a temporary separation so you can let your heart grow fonder again.

5. You've gotten spoiled. When we first take up running, we love everything about it. We are grateful for each milestone. The first mile we go without stopping. The first double digit run, The first time we cross a finish line. All of the firsts that come with being a running virgin. But, over time, we take it for granted. We forget to relish the fact that we CAN run, we don't HAVE to run. We begin to see it as a chore, rather than a gift. Change your perspective and make a shift towards gratitude. See what happens.

Are you cured? Are you falling in love again? Well, I did my best.

Why did you start running in the first place?

Are you getting slower with age? Yes. Dammit.



  1. I'm in Florida and I can't wait to run on the beach! A change of scenery is always good for a burned out runner!

  2. Oh, yessss. Training for my 5th Cabot Trail Relay and 10th marathon and struggling to find the joy. I am so very grateful I can do this, but it still feels damned hard most days. Hitting 55 in a few weeks and my hormones are going nuts, which doesn't help. But we're getting a dog - a Jack Russell - in a few days. She won't be able to run with me for at least 10 months but hoping I'll be motivated to keep going until then, and that she'll be the one thing that can get me out the door when all else fails.

  3. Everything about premenopause sucks, including this. But we are strong and we keep going and running is the best thing for everything. I think everyone I know also has post-election depression, even if their guy won. Life is just weird now. Keep running !

  4. I started running in high school in '71 as a few of us girls "demanded" a track and cross country team. This was before title 9. Running has taken me to the tops of mountains (Pikes Peak is one) across canyons (The Grand a few times) and over many finish lines (lost count, but am training for triathlon #130). Running keeps me creative and energetic at 63 when I work with preschoolers with special needs (I currently have over 50 on my caseload). I am certainly much slower now, but I still love to get out there at 4:30 to hit the pavement/trail before work to start my morning! Peace! Cheryl


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  6. Ha ha, my kids are 7 and 10 now. And yes, my reasons are exactly the same as yours were for starting running.

  7. Getting injured will remind you REALLY FAST just how much running means, even if you thought you were in a rut or tired of it. Love these reasons and the reminder to always be grateful for every step (even when it's hard and miserable and you want to die).

  8. I am 63. Never was a full fledged runner, but dabbled throughout the years. I now am a walker and this May doing a half marathon. I set goals for myself and know I'll finish, but these days am pretty sore when I am doing 8-10 miles at a time when getting ready to do this. My "joy" and smiles comes from how lucky I feel that #1 I still want to do this and #2 that I still can. The key for me is to keep moving.

  9. Ran the NYC marathon this past November and that's when it hit me. I am definitely slower. A very hard concept to accept. I can't take down those hills with a burst of energy like I use to. But, I should be happy that I can run!

  10. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. word cookies game | hill climb racing 2 | five nights at freddy’s 4 | hotmail login

  11. I actually started running because a friend dared me to complete Couch to 5k and run one 5k race. I kept running because I became addicted to accomplishment. During the six years that I've been a runner, I've taken both intentional and unintentional breaks and am in a place now where I love it; which is why I'm currently training for my first marathon.

  12. Nicely done. I've been struggling with motivation for the last year or so. Maybe I'll join a running club.

  13. I started running 13 years ago cos all my friends were joining trendy gyms & they kept saying things like oh yeah when I got home from the gym... or I'll call you when I'm back from the gym blah blah blah. It really peed me off. I had two young kids & a full time job so no gym time for me! I ran cos I could go at 5.30am whilst the kids were asleep. Still often do! Gyms are always the same where as every run is different. Glad I never bothered to join! Xx