Lately, I feel like I’ve been struggling a lot on my runs. I can run 10 miles at a steady pace pretty easy and feel good afterwards. But as of late, I catch myself stopping to walk…or finishing short at 8 miles.
I’m not winded. My legs don’t hurt. I’m just…not motivated.
As soon as I get to mile #6 it’s like I find myself wondering:
“Why am I doing this?” Or…
“Damn, I’m really hungry…”
“I should stop and walk…”
Really, a big part of running is all mental. The only one out there motivating you is yourself. And I feel like I haven’t been winning.
Maybe I’m just being hard on myself. Or maybe, I really do need to find a training buddy (or two) because those runs are always easier.
Mixing It Up And Running New Trails
So far, I’ve been running the same trails: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Shady Canyon and Bomber Canyon.
Those runs are nice, but today, I thought I’d mix it up and run at Crystal Cove State Park. And honestly, I felt great the whole time I was out there! I was thirsty as hell and all I had was a hand-held but my legs felt great and I was breathing easy.
There comes a point in every run where your legs just sort of take over. You find that perfect stride and everything comes easy. That’s how it felt out there today. Till the end, anyway.
I tweaked my back running fast down a steep single-track and had to hitch a ride with a local ranger back to my car 6.5 miles back. (Hey, better safe than sorry). And I have two trail half-marathons in the next two weeks (the Wild Horse Trail Half-Marathon and the Surf City Half-Marathon)…so seriously, better safe than sorry.
Still, I ran from the top of Coastal Peak Park, all the way to the ocean just in time to catch this sunset:
Being out there today really reminded me how much I love running. But also, how much I need to explore new trails to keep from making those long runs boring. It’s so beautiful out there and it felt so damn good. So yeah, my last few runs have been difficult, but damn I felt good today!