I have found recently that my motivation levels have started to drop when it has come to my training. I am not sure why this is, but I have whittled it down to a few things and thought I would write them down and see what kind of feedback I get from my devoted readers (you know who you are):
- New Job I think we all have had this issue at some point, whether it’s a new job or an old one. We like to think that we have become these motivated machines and vow to not let anything stand in our way on our journey to healthiness, but then the meetings start. You know the ones. The ones that your boss calls at 4:00 in the afternoon because they start work at 9:00 and work until 6:00, forgetting you start at 7:00 and are scheduled to leave at 4:00 (a schedule chosen because your training would be easier). Then once in the meeting you end up with 10 new projects, which have to be updated before THEIR meeting the next morning, so after the meeting ends at 6:00 (enough time for THEM to leave on schedule), you are stuck there updating everything until 7:00. You CAN’T say NO, because you’re still in probation period and are proving yourself.
- Training Partner’s Stress We all have our own stresses, and that goes for those we train with. When we start to depend on them for the strength and support they provide, it becomes difficult to “go it alone” when they have issues they have to deal with; job, family, illness.
- Progress Stalemate It’s great at the beginning because you lose weight fast, you see huge gains in ace on the bike, in the swim, on the run. But it gets harder when you get to a point, a barrier, when you aren’t losing weight any longer even though you work as hard and eat the same way. Personally I have been bouncing between 242 and 244 for 6 months now. I KNOW I am not supposed to focus on the scale, but it shouldn’t still be stuck there. When I started really running in January I couldn’t maintain a 20:00 pace. Now I can run/walk a 12:30 pace, so the weight should be dropping. I burn 2000 calories in one run, but gain weight. It is very frustrating.
So, I have my first half marathon in two days, my training partner has had food poisoning or something for five days and is not even sure she can go for it (I am betting she does though) and the excitement I had for the race and the accomplishment I can feel waning in my head. I need to rekindle the need and the want, but not sure how to do it.