New runner or old runner, the point is that at some point you will face the age old question of....Dude, Where's My Mojo? You are not alone in this, so take a stand against that dark cloud. As a seasoned runner now, I can feel that bastard come on like a common cold. It tends to happen right after a big race you have trained for (runners blues) or during those blazing summer months.
So, im writing this because I need Dora's stupid map to find where the hell my mojo went. My guess is that its with grumpy old troll living under the bridge. This time, Im well aware of the culprit. The 7 day workweek is taking its toll, but I come armed and ready to fight. Im actually that grumpy old troll kidnapping my own mojo with my bad attitude. It happens, at least Im aware of my mind's shenanigans.
So, what am I doing? Zero pressure days are on my agenda. Im taking a break from the 4am VRC workouts and allowing myself a few more hours of sleep each morning. Im running later in the day and finding I feel way more energized and grateful. I pay zero attention to pace and run however I feel like that day and take lots of deep breaths. Im training someone for their first marathon and find myself rejuvenated after seeing her success after a long run. I also bought the book called Running and Being. Im embracing the importance of attitude toward my running. When running becomes a job, then you lose that joy in it. It doesnt mean that you dont work hard, it just means you have to change your attitude.
The marathon itself will test your spirit, but everything surrounding it before and after will test it even more. Its the strength to continue and become self aware. Know the things that tend to kill your mojo and find the weapons to fight back and win. Be the map!
My first steps as a baby according to my parents was actually a run. At 5yrs old my dad took me to the NYC Marathon, but truth be told I had no idea why people were running down the street. All this was foreshadowing for what was to be a life of running almost 30 years later. "If opportunity doesnt knock...build a door."
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