During this unique and crazy time, we will all be feeling different. Some of us may be extremely motivated to grab the situation by the hands and use it to our advantage. You may feel more motivated than ever to get out for a run everyday, be it an easy run or a session, and you may be working on all those 1%’s as and when you can. However, others may not feel like this. You may be struggling to find the motivation you need to get out and hit the rep times your coach has set. You may find the prospect of training alone and not knowing when the next race is, difficult to come to terms with. This is ok. We don't have to feel motivated and driven all of the time. It is only natural to feel like this. We are in such a unique time and we will all respond to this differently.
For me, I am used to feeling motivated all the time and I know my motivation has taken a hit. Yes, I am enjoying being able to give time to the things I wouldn’t usually, but without any date of a race ahead, it is difficult at times to push myself to the limit in sessions. I am used to training on my own as it is something I have done for a while, but that doesn’t mean this time hasn't come with its own challenges. There are different things I am having to work with, but here are a few tips I know have helped begin to build that motivation back up.
The most important thing to try and remember during this time is that it is ok to feel whatever way you are feeling. We all respond differently to uncertainty, so however you naturally deal with it, that’s ok. Just don’t be hard on yourself for feeling such a way. You feel how you feel for a reason, please don’t beat yourself up.
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