How do you find your running groove when its gotten lost?
I have to admit I’ve been feeling in a bit of a running rut lately. I have been running as a part of my triathlon training but I have been more focused on improving my swimming and biking this summer because those are definitely the weaker parts of the triathlon for me. Honestly I haven’t felt in a good running groove for over a year now. My body has been plagued with injuries for the past several years (first my foot and then my back). With my run training broken up between swims and bike rides I have not been feeling the connection with running that I used to enjoy. I have rarely been having those runs where you feel like you can run forever. My legs often feel heavy and my body feels slow. Any hint of a tweak or small pain worries me that it might be the start of another injury. Perhaps this is just what happens as you get older? I will be 39 this fall and my body is starting to feel creaky.
I long to “fly when I run. When I was training to qualify for my first Boston Marathon in 2012 I had the best year of running of my life. Running felt easy. Along with speedwork in my training came PR’s in almost every race that I ran. Including a 1:37 PR at a half marathon (a 12 minute PR) and BQ of 3:33 at The Around the Lake Marathon where I shaved over 13 minutes off my marathon time. Those runs while full of hard effort felt “easy.” Perhaps it is the increased busyness that daily life brings with busy kid and family schedules that also brings chaos to a well planned out training schedule. Perhaps it is lack of self-discipline that has taken over. Are these the things that have gotten me off course with feeling my best while running?
This fall I am on a quest to find the ease of the road and lightness on the trails. I want to get back to where running feels good. I want to find the love of the run again.
How do you get back into a running groove? I’d love to hear your strategies.
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