The Run Funk
Everyone experiences it at some point, I think no matter what kind of training you do. I’m currently in a ‘run funk’. As I rise for my 6am runs each day, I find myself just going through the motions. It occurred to me last week that I basically just kinda suck at running. I always have really. It’s not like I’m a natural athlete. I mean, I was overtaken on my first 5K by a pensioner. But gradually, I got my 12 minute miles down to eight minute miles, through a whole lot of blood sweat and tears. But now? Now I just feel like I’m right back where I started and I am reacting somewhat like a moody teenager at the fact that I can’t seem to go further or get faster. So, what do you do when you’re in a training funk?
I was utterly convinced during all my cycling training throughout the first half of the year that it’d have positive effects on my running, if not for speed, then at least for endurance. Not the case, at all. It has ruined me. Set me back masses with running, the type of training I used to derive the most joy from. Admittedly, this has made me resent cycling somewhat (it’s a stupid logic, I know). I started training for the San Francisco women’s marathon a couple of weeks after I finished the Etape, which really only gave me a couple of months to train for it. I’ve since had to drop out as my body just wasn’t anywhere near ready to handle those distances again. I’ve had to go back to the beginning and start with very small distances and build up.
And it just sucks, you know? Listening to your body and doing the right thing just SUCKS (I did mention I have some moody teenager characteristics as a result of this, right?). All those things I used to do when I first started running, to get my mind to push through, I just can’t seem to do anymore. Those techniques don’t seem to be working.
And I’ve become somewhat disillusioned with what it is I’m even trying to achieve with running at this point. My fastest half marathon time is 1:55 (that was last March) and I’m not sure I even want to do what is required to get sub-1:45, you know? I mean, it’s not like I get paid to do this. The time and effort it takes to achieve that for me (a natural slow coach) – well, I’m just not sure if it’s worth it.
I love running and I like the way these 6am runs set me up for the day – I enjoy the ritual of doing them, but I’m not sure what I want out of running anymore. Do I have to chase speed? I would like to be faster one day, maybe it’s just not meant to be right now. How can I continue to create goals for myself without that being a factor?
What do you do when you get in a funk with your training? Let’s get a little convo going in the comments – I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with this!