Kara {Doesn’t} Run

I don’t know if you guys have noticed…but I haven’t really been running much lately. “Kara Runs” is, evidently, no longer applicable for this blog. Crap.

Who is that happy runner girl?

Who is that happy runner girl?

I ran 4 miles in Florida. I think I ran 4 miles the week before. Maybe. I’ve been doing lots of strength training and HIIT-type workouts, but for some reason I’m struggling to find the motivation to put one foot in front of the other…over and over and over. I’m hoping it’s just because it’s winter and that when the warmer temps finally decide to show up, I’ll be back to my normal self. But at the same time, I feel like a fraud. I shouldn’t be avoiding something because it’s inconvenient or uncomfortable or hard. I should embrace it and use these challenges to build my strength…right? That’s when you improve…right?

Well, I’m failing to rise to the occasion, unfortunately. But I need to run. I actually do have a race (Brooklyn Half) on my schedule, which I keep forgetting about. Even though May sounds really far away (to me, it’s a “warm” month and we are so far from warm that I can’t even fathom it) this race is really sneaking up on me. If I’m counting correctly (I’m probably not) then we’re 12 weeks out. I’m thinking I should have a base of about 20 miles per week if I want to start a PR-worthy training plan…but right now, again, my base is about 4 miles per week. Yikes. I don’t like admitting that. But I’ve felt this way for weeks now and I still can’t snap out of it.

Side note: I think I’ve blogged about this very topic at least 17 times in the past few months. Sorry…thanks for sticking around. Love ya.

After all that “I love the treadmill” talk…well…I hate to admit that I’m over it now. (I’m fickle, I guess.) I want to run outside. But even on Sunday, when the weather was much nicer than it has been, I came up with excuses and ended up doing nothing. Too tired from vacation. Have to clean. Too many snow piles. (Brendan and I did take a walk, though!)

Anyway, enough whining. Every problem needs a plan, so here are my 5 ideas to motivate myself:

Create a new playlist. This is my number one tip. Never fails. New, upbeat songs really put the wind in my sails…or…(insert a better analogy here). If you could capture inspiration, for me, it would be in the form of a playlist. A little Beyonce should do it. Please share your favs.

New gear. I need a new pair of running shoes. Mine are getting old. They make me feel like my feet are concrete slabs pounding on more concrete. And also, anytime I spend money on something I’ll feel guilty and will use said item(s) as much as possible. At least for two weeks.

My Asics have been banished to the rowing machine.

My Asics have been banished to the rowing machine.

Switch up the workouts. I’ve been consistently running alone (well…when I actually run), so I need to find a friend to force me to run join me.  My problem is that I don’t have many “running friends” in the town I live in. My local running store has a group and so does my gym, but the times are tough for me to make. And also, I don’t want to go. But I guess I should try to bust out of my comfort zone? We’ll see.

Find a fun route. Lately, every outdoor run has taken me along the same neighborhood loop. (Hopefully the snow on my favorite trail melts before May.) I may try running from work instead of home, which also helps with the friend dilemma. Signing up for random races usually does the trick too. Which reminds me, I was going to try for NYRR’s 9+1 again this year…should probably get on that.

My favorite.

My favorite route. It does not look like this right now.

and the most important of all…

Suck it up and be thankful. Dear Current Kara: Remember when you were injured? And you complained all the time? And all you wanted to do was run? Stop your whining and show some gratitude in the form of pavement pounding. Love, Past Kara . My poor friend Beth, one of the most inspirational runners out there, is nursing a broken shoulder. I’ll plan to run some miles for her. And for everyone else who can’t.

What do you do when you’re lacking motivation? What’s your favorite running song?



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  1. Annie
    February 24, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Run for meeeeeee! It’s coming up on seven months since my last run. Or don’t because it will probably just make me sad and rage-y and jealous. (Just kidding … kinda.)

    In all seriousness, I hate the “run for those who can’t” argument, even though I can’t, because guilt shouldn’t be a motivator for anything. But if it helps you reach your personal goals, then go for it — run for me!


    • February 24, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      Oh, Annie! I’ll definitely run for you. Whether you like it or not :) I totally understand that idea, though. Guilt shouldn’t be a motivating factor…but maybe guilt was the wrong word. I’m just trying to remember that I’m lucky. Thinking of you!

  2. February 24, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    I know how you feel! I’ve been averaging a workout a week, and getting pissed at myself doesn’t seem to be motivating me.

    Good luck getting it back!

    • February 24, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      I definitely need to channel my anger into something more positive. Why does it feel so hard in the winter?! Good luck to you too :)

  3. February 24, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    For me, running with others REALLY helps. I’m decent about getting out for short runs alone, but I won’t “train” without others on my back. I joined a new training group and we do 8-10 miles every Sunday followed by brunch. It’s great! I love everyone in it and it helps big time to have accountability and the fact that I get to see friends each Sunday. I think new gear helps too :). Just don’t buy new gear on a rest day because you’ll want to take it and try it out right then.

    • February 25, 2014 / 6:22 pm

      I agree – especially with the long runs. Anything more than 7 or 8 miles alone is tough! And brunch is definitely the best part :)

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