I have spent a couple of months looking for my running mojo. I've been feeling a little lost with my running. I've still enjoyed it, but I've been feeling off. I was starting to wonder where my love for running had run off to. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed running, I just wasn't wanting to run as often as before, I wasn't really into the training for Goofy. In a word, I was struggling. I was starting to wonder if Goofy was really a good idea.
But, in the past couple weeks I have slowly been starting to love every single run again. I have been loving lacing up my shoes and getting out there (part of that might be that I got some sweet new shoes - Saucony Kinvara 2's, they are so fun). I feel like I've gotten my running mojo back. How did this happen? I don't know I just kept going out and running, no music, allowing myself to feel the run. If I didn't feel like it, I didn't run, I didn't force it. I want to enjoy it. If I'm not enjoying it, why continue doing it?
So, I kept running. Then I went to the track a couple of weeks ago for my first ever Yasso 800s. And, I had fun. I did a short run in my neighborhood and enjoyed myself. Then I did a long run, and really enjoyed it. I had three runs in one week that I loved. The next week I went to the track again, and enjoyed it, a lot. Then I went to hill repeats, and actually enjoyed that too! (I usually despise hill repeats.) Then I felt awful on Saturday morning and skipped my long run. And, I missed it. I was really sad that I didn't get in my long run.
I went for a short run in the neighborhood with my roommate on Monday and ran the first mile fast. Much faster than I normally do. My roommate runs faster than me, so I was essentially chasing her. That first mile was under 9:30. Holy cow! How did that happen? I was tired, but I managed to sustain my normal 10:30 pace for the next two miles. Awesome. So, maybe I can run faster than I thought I could. (I got a tweet the next day, after posting my mile time from Heather, saying the most encouraging thing, and it's been in my head all week, it's going to be my new mantra: "You totally have The Fast in you.... Let it come out and play!" Awesome mantra, right?)
Then on Tuesday I went to the track and did Yasso's again. I ran them faster than I had the previous couple of weeks because I realized that the pace I had been running them at was conversational, so not fast enough. I took them from 5:00/800 to 4:40/800. I rocked them. I was tired, but I was killing them. I actually ran one in closer to 4:30. Holy moly! And, it was fun.
Then, disaster. I felt the pain coming on during the third one, and by the fifth it was unbearable. I had an awful pain in my shins. I could've kept running, but probably not at that pace. I decided with Long Beach just a week and a half away I shouldn't push it. So, I stopped. I know why it happened, while I was running faster I was so much more focused on my speed instead of my form that I was landing funny. I need to focus on both at the same time. The only way I'm going to get faster is by running faster. I just need to pay more attention when I'm running faster.
My shins are feeling much better. I took last night off as a rest day, and babysat instead. I'll probably take tonight off from running too, just to be safe, plus I'm tired, I didn't get home from baby sistting til almost 3am. Yikes! But, that's a whole other story). I've got a long run on Saturday, and I'm going to try to get in a run tomorrow morning as well.
I might be sidelined for a couple of days, but I have definitely found my running mojo again. Yay!! Have you ever felt like you lost your mojo? How did you find your way back?
Now, I'm back on track for Goofy training, and feeling excited about it again! And, on that note, I'm still fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please consider making a donation, every dollar helps, even just $5 (think about giving up your Starbucks just once this week). A cure is close. Check out this article for more info: New Treatment Exceeds Wildest Expectations
If I can raise at least $250 by Monday, 10/3/11, I will randomly pick someone who donated any amount (including everyone who has already donated) to win a super awesome goody bag, filled with some super fun stuff. What's in it? Well, you'll have to donate to see! But, I promise, its AWESOME! Filled with stuff to help you find or keep your running mojo, stuff that helps me with mine. (And, I'll match every donation dollar for dollar up to $100 - and that will put me at 25% of my fundraising goal! Yay!)
Please consider donating to LLS and supporting me in my slightly insane effort to run 39.3 miles in one weekend! You can make a 100% tax deductible location via this link: