Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m scheduled to run the Disneyland Half in September and I’ve not begun training; I have been plagued with aches and pains, lack of motivation and a whole lot of self-doubt.
You see, I have a love/hate relationship with running, as I’m sure most of us are at some point in our lives. I love the way running makes me feel – watching my body evolve into something I didn’t know it could do, the endorphin-rush, inspiring others to get fit! At times, I struggle getting that first foot out of the door. I fill my head with excuses as to why I shouldn’t run today, why I should sit and catch up on TV shows or simply take a nap. Sometimes, it’s that darn Candy Crush Saga that keeps me from running. I’m done with that!
Surely dealing with this IT band issue has a lot to do with delaying the training for the half marathon. I’m afraid that I’m not fully ready to continue training and that it will just exacerbate the problem. I’ve been working with a chiropractor who believes I need to see a physiotherapist for my ITB issues and that I should cease running. I think I’m firing him 🙂
In favor of running, I have been practicing gentle yoga and sneaking in cross-training by gardening. Trust me, that gardening job is no easy task, my whole body is sore!
Question: So, how do you find motivation as a runner? Do you find it helps running with a group or hiring a running coach for accountability?