I've lost my running mojo! The past two weeks has been hell for me, running wise. I've been struggling in practically all my run sessions and its taken three and sometimes maybe even four times more effort to do my usual runs.
I'm disheartened and disappointed. I hate this feeling. Putting on my running shoes and having to struggle just to run a distance that I was comfortable with just two weeks ago is painful. It's heart wrenching. And speaking of painful, the pain in my right leg doesn't help with this slump in form.
Just today, I planned to do a minimum of 10K, a distance that shouldn't be all that difficult for me but I ended up hitting the wall at 6K! Everything in me refused to move. The legs were so heavy that it felt like I had concrete poured down my trainers. My lungs felt like it had used up all the oxygen on this planet and the onset of a sudden pounding headache hit me like a sledgehammer!
Something is really wrong with my form the past two weeks. That constant pain in my right leg is seriously affecting my concentration. I know I'm capable of better than what I'm doing right now. Right this very minute, especially today, when I was struggling my way along the roads, I was not a happy runner. I haven't felt unhappy about running in a long time.
To be fair, it's been a tiring work day and I'm putting it all down to work stress and that nagging leg pain, which I aim to go get it x-rayed soon. Personally I think it's all down to that injury I'm suffering from right now that is making running so unpleasant. The faster I fix it, the happier I'll be on the roads again.
I also may have to re-think my route. The fumes from the traffic stalled cars are so bloody hazardous for running. I could practically feel the fumes being inhaled in my oxygen starved lungs (which was probably the cause of that sudden headache attack). Why isn't this country running friendly? I could run in the parks somewhere but parks are boring and I hate having to do loop after loop.
Maybe I should start running in the mornings again, the air is so much fresher and there's so much lesser exhaust fumes floating around. But then, I've never been a morning person. But for the sake of my health and putting back that 'bounce' into my running, I just might have to sacrifice my sleep.
Until then, I need to find my running mojo again and I hope it hasn't outrun me!