Monday, October 19, 2009

Runner's Block and/or Lonely Shoes?

Great weather ( mid-70's and sunny) and a wonderful weekend! Got two bike rides worked in among a BBQ, a "DE-Commissioning" Mass, and a champagne social. But with all this I kept on coming up with excuses on why I shouldn't run. I rather felt like a total procrastinating prolific lying wench! (Oh, boy! I might have to go to confession over this one?)

I just can't get motivated to put on those running shoes and go. But yet, I all ready have 115 miles on the bike. It's strange. I'll go to all the trouble of putting on my gear-- shoes, gloves, helmet, arm warmers if necessary. But gee, just to throw on a pair of running shoes with socks and go? It seems like too much trouble! Gee, am I experiencing "Runner's Block"? Is there such a thing?

I hate to force myself to run for fear that I'll hate it, or I'll grow to hate it. At the same time I do need to get out and do it. I've signed up for a 5K at the beginning of November, and then I have another 5K that I'm doing on Thanksgiving day-- the Cold Turkey. (It sounded like fun.) So I need to get it together and keep my running up to prepare for these runs. I, also, have been playing with the idea of trying a half marathon in the Spring. So, I need to get in the game. Hit the road running!

I've heard that if you don't use it you can lose it. So I wonder how much I have lost in the 3 weeks since I've last ran. When do you get to a point where you have to start all over again? I have found that with cycling that it's about 2 months before I really notice much in the off season. But I generally make sure I don't reach that point with cycling. But at the same respect, I trained up enough in 3 months to muddle my way through a triathlon 70.3 with just coming from cycling background.

But those running shoes that are hanging are staring at me, I almost feel like they are glaring at me. They've been hanging around untouched like that since the day after the Slow Salty Dog Tri. Maybe they are just getting lonely, and I'm reading them all wrong but I can't help but feel guilty in the whole affair.

And so I think to myself," Next weekend! I'll run next weekend. Most, most definitely--next weekend." Or maybe I need my bike to go missing and give the motivation that I need? Hmmmm....


  1. Jeanne,
    Get out there girl! How about a walk, if you don't want to run? Just keep those hips movin' :)

  2. Yes, there is such a thing as runner's block. These days, I'm telling myself to get SOME running in every day. Don't set the bar too high! In fact, if you set it really low, it will be mentally easier to get out. Then, once you're getting out more regularly, you can change it up. Good luck! I know it's tough to get motivated to do different things--I'm not good at that at all:)