Grinding Through a Rut

Yesterday I had the brilliant idea of trying to get in my long run that I missed on Sunday, simply because I just wasn’t feeling it.  The goal was 8 miles at an easy pace.  It would be the longest I have run in months and months.

It was not meant to be.  Like most of my runs over the last week, my body, mind and heart weren’t in it. I have been able to grind out 3-5 miles, but it has been a grind.  Everything is telling me to stop…from my sleepy mind, to my tight hamstrings to my couch craving ass.

I won’t lie–I am frustrated.  My winter 2014 speedster goals did not happen as life and injuries got in my way.  The fact that it is coming when I have two races (a 5K I don’t care much about and the Toronto Yonge Street 10K, which I do care about and was hoping to PR at) in the next 10 days is a bit annoying.

I am determined to not let it get to me.  In the past I would’ve complained to anyone who would listen about my running rut and how it’s driving me crazy.  This time, I’m just going to grind through it as best as I can and not beat myself up about it.  I am simply going to run as far and as fast as my mind and body will allow me too and know that in time, it will get better.   After all, it is the ruts that make you appreciate when you are running well.

I’m taking the night off tonight so I can grab dinner and a movie with one of my oldest friends.  Rest assured, however, I will be back to gutting out those miles and running through my rut on Thursday night.  I can’t let my favourite treadmill at the gym think that it owns me, after all.  *wink*

Much luv and happy running!

~Princess Lisa


12 thoughts on “Grinding Through a Rut

    • I thought it was poetic! 🙂

      I agree–really crappy runs always come before good ones. I’m really trying hard to just take it in stride this time around as well, taking it in stride will be a new thing for me. lol.

  1. I’ve been in a running rut for months! Even with 3 half marathons in there, just couldn’t get out there and run. BUT I think I finally found my mojo. I agree with Jenn, I think the weather is playing major havoc on a lot of runners. This winter has been ridiculous. Hopefully if/when we get spring you won’t want to stop running!

    • Yay for finding your mojo!! 🙂 It’s funny you mention the weather as my dad suggested that it could be the problem (the weather in Winnipeg has been absolutely atrocious and there is still several feet of snow EVERYWHERE). I hope some nice weather finds it’s way here real soon so I can get a bit of Spring in my step. lol…pun intended. 🙂

  2. The ruts do make you appreciate the good runs. I just focus on the fact that I can run now and can’t worry about PR’ing. It’s tough, but it makes running a bit more enjoyable.

    • Angie, you totally hit the nail on the head. I think it’s the competitive part of me (ie wanting a PR in Toronto) that is causing the problem. lol. I think if I took your approach, of just not worrying, I would be much better off. 🙂 Thanks for the advice.

      • If you think you can handle it, I’d recommend racing without a watch too. Just run and have fun. You’ll likely PR that way and even if you don’t you’ll certainly enjoy the views more.

      • Very good point. I don’t know if I can make it without the garmin, but maybe if I hide it on my person in my SPI belt or something? That way I can see what my splits afterwards without having the watch drive me nuts. 🙂

  3. Here’s some perspective: even though my running hiatus was self-imposed (thank you very much gd IT’s!), I would LOVE to be able to go and gut out any kind of decent miles right now. But with my eye on the prize of a Wine and Dine PR, I stick to the cardio machines at the gym and in my garage. Your miles may suck right now, but at least you’ve got them and it will all work out in the end. 🙂

    • Perspective accepted! Thanks Kimberley. These crappy miles are better than no miles. I can even think back to a month ago when I wasn’t able to run. Fingers crossed we will both be running happy really soon! 🙂

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