Joining the Ranks of “Unmotivated” Runners

FIRST: I want to give frantic spirit fingers toward Jen who is running (floating down?) her first marathon this weekend! In a year of some sort of terrible marathon curse, it looks like some crazy phenomenon called an atmospheric river is supposed to occur right above her race.  All I know is that the Today Show peeps are broadcasting from San Francisco and they look drenched.

Also, remember to enter my sunglasses giveaway! Giuseppe thinks these would look great on you!

Also, The Sunglasses Shop is running a 25% off designer brand sale right now, so if you are looking for a pair of sunglasses for yourself or for a present, this would be a great time to buy! They have all the details on the website.  When you’re buying a $250 pair of sunglasses, 25% off is a significant amount.


I’ve been noticing around blog land that everyone is severely unmotivated this week.

I’m afraid I’m one of those people. I haven’t felt like running.  And when I have run, I’ve felt really clumsy and awkward like I don’t know how to use my legs, and I haven’t felt fast or energized.

Thing is, this happened to me last year too.  But I thought that because I’m so much more of a “runner” now, I would stay motivated, and since I’m all about accomplishing crazy goals, that I would be completely committed to this training cycle.

But I’m not.  And Aaron really isn’t. So, we’re a lazy bunch between the two of us.  I also haven’t been to the pool since that breakthrough session last week where I kinda was able to put my head underwater for longer than a fast dip.

It has turned into a vicious cycle.  I come home, decide that fried food/cheesy food sounds better than running, gorge, get food coma, fall asleep on the couch, and wake up pretty depressed about the whole thing. We skipped THREE workouts this week.

I’ve decided that it is some biological/instinctual hibernation mode thing, and it has nothing to do with us! Right?!

AT LEAST progress is being made on the Gingerbread House Project! All the baking is done!

Also, sidenote:, the other night we were running around our neighborhood, and two cop cars turned the corner and turned off their lights like they were trying to sneak up on someone.  We were wondering if it was us?

Because we usually run at night and as far as I can tell we’re the only runners within a 3-4 block radius, I wonder if sometimes people see two people sprinting down the street and think we must be burglars.  I mean, no one in their right mind would be outside exercising, especially now that it gets pretty cold once the sun goes down.

I would not be surprised if one of these days we get tackled down in a citizens arrest attempt.


I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

24 thoughts on “Joining the Ranks of “Unmotivated” Runners

  1. I LOVE the idea of it being a biological or evolutionary problem…rather than a ‘me’ problem, yay!! Makes me feel better about the pizza, ice cream and low mileage. Keep your spirits up though…it’s worth it when you race and meet those goals. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I’m thinking about bring a boat to float down the atmospheric river. haha

    I think it’s perfectly normal to have running motivation ebb and flow. You came off your first marathon and didn’t really rest that long before setting (and starting to train for) your next fitness goals. The darker hours, colder weather, and the holiday parties/food don’t help either. What I’m really saying is: I’ll be joining you come Monday morning. 🙂

  3. I went through a workout slump a few weeks ago–I feel like I’m FINALLY back into the swing of things. I’m definitely not back to running regularly, but changing up my workout routine has helped me shake the funk I was in. Maybe this slump is your body’s way of forcing you to take a step back. You’ll come back faster and more furious next week!

    I can’t wait to see your finished gingerbread house! It looks intense!

  4. I am extremely unmotivated but trying to stick with 3 days of running…I need to diversify my routine so I don’t feel the need to add a 4th day. Either you or A will get back on it and it will make it easier for the both of you. Let me know if you figure it out…I was beating myself up this morning because I have a half marathon on the calendar that I really need to start speed training for!

    • I know! I really thought I’d be more into it this year. I was hoping that throwing in some different types of exercise would help, but turns out getting ready and going to the gym is even less likely to happen. We were on vacation this weekend, so I was proud that we got in 9 miles, but now there is so much to do (ahem..Christmas decorating) that might take priority…

  5. I heart your dog! Way too cute.

    I think everyone goes through motivated/unmotivated cycles. Being unmotivated only helps to get you motivated again 🙂 Thursdays and Fridays are typically my days when I feel like sitting on the couch instead of going out for a run. Now that I’m paying someone to help me get faster though, I don’t feel like I have a choice. That’s how I’m managing to stay “motivated” – there just isn’t an option.

  6. Sign me up for that club! I get so unmotivated when the weather is cold and the world is dark. I just want to stay inside, eat comfort foot, and watch movies. Last year, I bought awesome trail shoes which defintiely helped get me out the door in the snow!

  7. I hope we can blame it on this time of year… I’m struggling over here, too. 😦 Slept in this morning, which means I’ll have to run tonight, not my favorite time, but I’ll do my best to get myself out there!

    • Oh no! I bet over there you’re still dealing with really warm weather too. We did 9 miles in Phoenix this weekend, and toward the end we were getting super dehydrated and hot. There is just too much going on during the holidays!

  8. Thanks for making it normal! I haven’t ran consistently since I started my job in August. I’m trying to pick it back up but 4:45 am and 37 degrees is making it really hard! Cute gingerbread pieces.

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