How to Find Your Running Mojo {Just Run}

It’s another edition of Just Run, where each month a group of my running blogger friends gather with their tips, tricks and thoughts on all things running.

In case you missed the previous editions:

Tips for the New Runner

Instagram Tips and Tricks

My Worst Race Ever

My Best Race Ever

5 Things I’d Hate to Run Without

Running Solo vs Running With a Group

Racecation Tips and Tricks

The Best Post Run Recovery Tips

Is It Worth It?

Why Did I Start Running?

This month we are chatting about running mojo.

The weather is cold. It’s dark all the time. You are in the off season. There’s a million and one things to get done for the holidays. This time of year, running mojo can run low. Actually, it can happen any time of year but this time of year is when things tend to dip more.

You’ve lost your running mojo.

Believe me. I’ve been there.

Most days, I’m ready to run no matter what season.  I know something is up when I don’t have that urge to run. Most likely I need some time off to do other things.

Never fear.  Your running mojo is not lost for ever.

Here’s how to find your running mojo once again.

Read up on running magazines

When the latest Women’s Running, Runner’s World, and Trail Runner magazine arrive in my mailbox, I read it cover to cover and always feel amped up about running afterwards. It’s like a mini kick in the pants to step it up!

Run with friends

Knowing that there are others waiting for you will motivate you to roll out of bed no matter what the weather is. During the winter, I totally rely on running buddies for motivation, especially for long runs. Misery LOVES company. When single digit temperatures (not counting the windchill) and a double digit run are staring at you, having company makes a HUGE difference in getting it done.

Watch running movies

Over the weekend, I watched the Ironman World Championships on TV. Even though I knew the outcome since it happened last month, the stories behind the athletes are so inspiring.  I have absolutely zero interest in doing a Tri but watching those athletes made me want to train hard for a big goal.

Other favorite films include anything from Billy Yang, The Spirit of the Marathon, and McFarland USA.  Search YouTube for running films and you’ll find an endless supply of motivation.  I have a weakness for Ultra Running films.  Lol!

Check out social media

Scrolling through my favorite runners on Instagram always gives me a jolt of motivation to get out there and run.

Try something new

Rather than making the main focus running, try something new to compliment it. Maybe try bootcamp, Spinning, Orangetheory (although that’s not an option for me since they don’t want me to EVER try it – hahaha!), or give Crossfit a try.  Or focus on trying to get your first pull up (something I’m always trying to achieve!)

Give cross training a try to refresh your love of running.

 

Use Small Goals to Get to Big Goals

January and February are the important building blocks of training if you want to race well in March and April. Find a tune up 5k or 5 miler race to gauge how your progressing towards your big goal.

Find a race to train for

Having a race on the calendar may be the motivation you need to get off the couch. Pick a new to you race, a new distance or maybe focus on something like running a faster 5k.

Remember that running is not something you HAVE to do

When I start saying that I HAVE to run, then it becomes a chore. Running shouldn’t be like that. I’m lucky that I can run. Remember why you run and why you love it so much.

Accept it and move on

Bad runs and lack of mojo happen to every runner. Rather than stewing about it and nit picking every single thing, accept it and move on. Anyways, a good week of running always follows a bad week. Right? At least that’s the story runners tell themselves.

Want to see what my blogger friends have to say about running mojo? Check it out below and be sure to click on the image or their name to get the details.

NELLIE

LAURA

Linking up with Coaches Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

What do you do when you lose your running mojo?

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

Last week’s workouts were so fun.  Lots of sleeping in thanks to the holiday week, running a Turkey Trot and hanging out with friends. If it’s not fun, why do it?  Lol.  Thanks Ben & Jerry’s for that nugget of wisdom.

Monday

40 minutes Stepmill with 30 sec sprints and 90 sec recovery x 10

strength training:

DB bench press

DB pull overs

Eccentric pull ups

Banded pull ups

Single leg deadlift to bench step up

TRX pistol squats

Half kneeling rope reach and pull

Renegade rows

Tuesday

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi Yoga

4.8 miles, 9:18 avg pace, 243 ft elev gain

I was so excited for my first run of the year in fresh, fluffy snow.  I put my trail shoes on and enjoyed the winter wonderland. With the temp right around 30 degrees, it was perfection.  If only everyday of winter running could be like this!

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

Wednesday

I made the mistake of leaving my car outside overnight. When I went to leave for the gym in the morning, I found that my car was completely iced over.  Rather than chop at the ice and waste gym time, I opted for a basement workout.

30 minutes recumbent bike

strength training:

Bosu single leg balance

Bosu Burpess

KB windmill

KB swings

Single leg lunge matrix with KB press

Side plank to single leg balance

Bosu jump squats

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

Thursday

3.1 miles, 7:46 avg pace, 140 ft elev gain

Originally, the plan was to run the Turkey Trot as a family like we’ve done for the past 2 years.  However, the temp was 8 degrees with a wind chill of -10 on Thursday morning.  The thought of doing a run/walk with the kids was painful.  The thought of running a fast 5k was also painful but at least it would be over with sooner than the run/walk.  Let me just preface this with the fact that I haven’t run a 5k in 4 years.  And the funny thing is that I actually kind of liked 5ks back then.  Not anymore.

Maybe it’s because my legs were frozen stumps for the first 1/4 mile?  Whatever the case, I did it.  It wasn’t my fastest but it’s what I could eek out with sore legs from Wednesday’s workout and not much speed work in the past year.  And I got 3rd in my AG because the sane people stayed home and stayed warm.

Of course, Kyle and I finished the race together synchronized because that’s what running buddies do.  Haha!

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

Friday

8.7 miles, 8:51 avg pace, 371 ft elev gain

Along with my first run in fresh snow of the season this week, I also got my first lashicles (frozen eyelashes) of the season. Kyle and I met up for another balmy single digit morning with a wind that went through every layer I had on.  My face was numb and I swear I didn’t warm up all day even though the temps finally did.

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

Saturday

Rest day

Sunday

9 miles, 8:58 avg pace, 418 ft elev gain

I will always jump at the chance to run with friends even if that means having to drive almost 30 minutes to meet up in the rain.  Holly took the runner girl gang on a great hilly route that had a mix of pavement and dirt roads.  However, the dirt roads were completely iced over which made for some treacherous conditions. We all survived but Sarah barely survived Jess trying to take her out during our group runfie at the end.  Lol!

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

 

14 Things Runners Are Thankful For

14 Things Runners are THankful For } happyfitmama.com

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’ve got gratitude on the brain in addition to Ron’s famous Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake with Gingersnap crust. Yeah, you read that right.  🙂 Of course, I’m thankful for running. It’s been a big part of my life for the past 10 years and I hope it will be there for many more.  As runners, we sometimes take for granted the ability to run and all the little things that make us love it so much.

So on this special day, take a moment and give thanks to running.

If nothing comes to mind, here’s just a snippet of things runners are thankful for:

Finding a GPS signal

There’s nothing worse than standing around with your arm in the air waiting for a GPS signal.  Or worse yet, you don’t have a GPS signal when the race starts  But when you get the right GPS watch that finds it within seconds, it’s pure runners bliss.

Things runners are thankful for \ Happyfitmama.com

Rest days

If I could run everyday, I would.  But I can’t so I’m thankful for rest days to rejuvenate and recover so I’m ready for the next run.

Race directors and volunteers

If it weren’t for race directors putting in the hours and hours of behind the scenes work prior to race day, we wouldn’t be able to chase PR’s, get the bling or whatever it is you are looking for when you enter a race. And let’s not forget the volunteers.  They stand out in hot/cold, snow/rain, whatever weather and make sure that things go smoothly.  Next time you race, be sure to thank ALL the volunteers.

Runner friends

With each year that I’ve been a runner, I’ve been blessed to have found some really great running friends. Our runs have been a time to get together, chat nonstop, laugh and just sweat it out. There really is nothing better than bonding over a run.

Things runners are thankful for | happyfitmama.com

The life lessons learned along the way

Set goals, work hard, dedication, persistence, patience – you get what you put in. It’s that simple.

The days that running feels effortless

Cherish those days.  Those are the days that you will need to remember when you are struggling to hit your paces and every mile feels like 10.  Running isn’t all rainbows and unicorns.  If we didn’t have hard days we wouldn’t appreciate the easy days.

New gear

GPS watches, sneakers, socks, sports bras, tights, shorts, tanks, long sleeves, jackets, headbands, hats and all the other running gear that we need to keep us running through every season.

Things runners are thankful for | happyfitmama.com

A runner’s high

It’s a thing and it’s amazing.

Fresh air and nature

The more time I’m outside being active, the more sane I am. I love to see the world around me on a run. Whether it’s a sunrise, the fall leaves, a trail that takes me over rocks, roots and rivers, the ocean, or cute little neighborhoods, it’s all better while seen on my run. Even when I’m freezing my ass off, I’m thankful to be able to get out there.

Treadmills

Running on a treadmill isn’t my absolute favorite thing ever.  In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs. But when the weather conditions are downright brutal (I mean, they have to be really, really bad), safety is an issue, or I’m single parenting it because Ron is gone, the treadmill is there.

Things runners are thankful for | happyfitmama.com

Foam rollers

They hurt like crazy but those buggers keep us going!

It’s always there

I can run anywhere, anytime. It’s never closed. I don’t need a membership card. And even when I can’t run because of an injury, I know that it’s there waiting for me whenever I’m ready.

Sense of accomplishment and pride.

To hear a non-runner exclaim, “You ran how many miles???” always makes me stand up a little taller. Yeah I did that. And I’ll probably run farther tomorrow. Every runner likes to feel a little bad ass.

Things runners are thankful for | happyfitmama.com

The ability to run

Over the past few years, I’ve had injuries that have prevented me from running for months at a time.  With every injury, it makes me even more thankful for all the miles that I’ve been able to do. It really is a gift!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

What are you thankful for?