Well, folks. I’ve gotta keep it real and tell you that the exercise thing . . . it is fizzling over here.
I was tempted not to mention it, keep plugging along and all that. And then I realized how fake that is. I don’t want to portray myself as having it altogether when I don’t, and right now, I just don’t. If it weren’t for my personal training sessions that I’ve paid for with regularly scheduled appointments to keep, I’m pretty sure I’d have totally fallen off the fitness bandwagon by now.
I’ve just lost all motivation to run.
I’m not sure when it happened or why, but I’ve been averaging one or two runs a week for quite some time now. I’m just not feeling it.
I know that at some point, I have to pull myself up by my bootstraps and just discipline myself to get out there even though I don’t feel like it, but there are so many other obligations pulling on me that I manage to make a reasonably sound excuse just about every time.
I did run four miles on Sunday, and I did it in 41 minutes, which made me VERY proud of myself. I thought I was getting my mojo back, but I haven’t been out since. It’s been hard with the first week of school and our schedule changing. I can’t go first thing in the morning like I prefer to do, and once the kids are on the bus, it seems like so many other things take precedence. I just don’t want to take the time.
I am DETERMINED to go in the morning. You’re gonna hold me to it, right?? The weather’s finally drying up, I’m getting into the new routine, and there is no reason why I can’t take 30 minutes out of my day to exercise. I know I’ll feel better once I’m out there and all day after that. I just have to force myself to walk away from the computer and the dishes and the laundry and as Nike says, Just Do It.
There are a few things inspiring me to get back out there.
The first thing I did when I realized my motivation was waning was to update my playlist. I don’t know about you, but the music makes ALL the difference. Here’s my most current playlist, in case you need some inspiration.
The other thing that has me excited to get back out there is my new Skora running shoes.
Skora reached out to me because they know that I like minimalist running, and they wanted me to try out their new line of women’s shoes, which they describe as “functional but also has a little sass”. I love that!
They sent me the BASE – WOMENS LT.BLUE.
They aren’t the most attractive shoe, but they are a lot better looking that the Vibrams that I normally wear to run. And they do have other lace-up styles, like the FORM that are super cute, if that’s important to you.
You can see all of their offerings on Activewear.com.
But what is really sweet about these shoes is how they feel on your feet. They definitely mimic the minimalist Vibrams but without the funky toes. I wrote about sometimes running in Nike Frees, and while I do like those sneakers a lot, they are not minimalist sneakers. You definitely feel more cushion and a higher heel in the Nikes, but not so with the Skoras. They mastered the anatomical fit that closely matches the shape of the foot. As they explain on their site:
The R01 platform also features a zero-drop outsole/midsole with minimal cushioning and a curved section profile in both the forefoot and heel. This allows for optimal natural movement and performance.
I really enjoy running in them and find myself going for them first every time.
They fit snuggly, but not tight. They don’t slip around, and they don’t give me blisters even though I prefer to wear them barefoot. Best of all, I’m not embarrassed to wear them into the grocery store if I want to stop and pick a few things up on the way home from a workout!
The only thing they can’t do is kick me out the door. If I’m going to get back to running 4-5 times a week, I’ll have to dig deep and find some good old-fashioned self-discipline. I have all the tools — great shoes, great music . . . all that’s lacking is ME!
Tell me your best tips for getting over runner’s slump! And if you have some song suggestions for my playlist, I’m all ears!
Linking up to Monday Motivation at A Life In Balance.