By Princess Laural
Confession time: I’m in a total running slump. And not just a running slump. I’m in a healthy eating, moving my butt, being healthy or wearing-anything-other-than-yoga-pants-when-I’m-home slump. And, it’s a hard one to shake.
In October, I ran a marathon. It was amazing. But, that was October. Since that time, well, motivation has been lacking. Leading up to the big day, I had dreams of “only” running 10K or shorter for a while, until I found the next big race, and then I’d start a new training cycle. Instead, I didn’t run even 1 kilometre. I took an entire month off. I quit the yoga studio I’d been a part of, in order to join a gym I haven’t gone to. And let’s just say that, with the exception of a month where I was focused on clean eating, French fries replaced carrot sticks, and the all-too-familiar diet coke replaced GU.
It has not been a good scene.
As for my running friends? I’m embarrassed when I compare their actual marathons to my Netflix marathons (although Sons of Anarchy is wonderful).
But, finally I’ve had enough. I’m not going to cite the number on the scale as my reason to get my butt back in gear. I have no reason other than I’m just doing it. One annoyingly slow step at a time.
The first thing we’ve done as a family is commit to eating healthy foods, eating together as a family as much as possible, and not eating in front of the TV. Because yes, we are all lazy right now.
We’ve also committed to training for a family 5K. Okay, that is a bit easier for me than for the rest of my crew, but I strongly believe that when we’re healthier as a family, we’re happier.
And then there’s the running.
A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer. She and I met running, and have stayed friends since. She was my pacer at the Niagara Falls Half-Marathon, she rescued me in a challenging 30K last summer, and we’ve run other races together since. If there’s one thing I can say about this friend, it’s that she’s always smiling and happy. Even as she faces some scary times right now.
One of the things that she does is she commits to a running streak. For the past 1,500 days, she has run at least a mile per day, no matter what. So, in her honour, I’m starting my own streak. No matter what, I’m running 2 miles a day.
Yes. It’s a far cry from the 26.2 miles I did in October. But, guess what? I’ve finished each run with a huge smile on my face. And, as I ran last night, I realized something. The piece I’ve been missing? Oh yeah, it’s loving it. The love of running.
So, here I am. Restarting. I’m not going on any sort of special diet or cleanse. I’m not training to meet a special time. I’m eating to be healthy and I’m running to be happy. The rest, as they say, is just details.
Interested in joining the running streak? The more the merrier! Commitment is whatever sort of streak you decide you want to do, and the timeline is pretty much up to you.
Want to read more about training slumps? Check out Princess Jodi’s past blog on how to beat them too.
Tell Us: Have you ever come back from a slump? How did you do it?