This weekend I took a really big step forward – literally! I rediscovered my running mojo.
Just over 12 months ago I ruptured my achilles tendon which resulted in 12 weeks with my leg in plaster or a Beckham boot. A difficult time for all involved……
Before the injury I had been a committed runner, having run a couple of marathons and being a serious late in life running evangelist. I loved the thinking space, I came up with my best ideas when running, and I loved the fresh air in my lungs running on the hills. And I loved the challenge to run further and faster.
Having waved good bye to my boot a good few months ago now I found I’d lost my running mojo. Although I could remember all the good things I enjoyed when running, those feelings for some reason just weren’t strong enough to get me out on those hills again.
Whilst one calf is half the size of the other I’m clearly not as fit as I was but still in better shape than when I’d first starting running so this couldn’t be the total problem.
But does analysing the problem actually help with finding the solution?
Shouldn’t I just simply focus on the practical steps to move forward?
So, that’s what I did.
Instead of continually questioning why I wasn’t desperate to go out running again I started to take more practical steps to see if that would work. It happens – all runners suffer from their mental block, their lack of mojo, their dampened desire to run. After an injury it’s pretty obvious it’s more likely to happen but it can happen at any time – suddenly busier at work, a couple of weekends with big nights out – and before you know it the momentum is lost.
I bought some new trainers. Some lovely new trainers that didn’t cost the earth but that I wanted to wear.
The sun was shining – I obviously can’t take credit for making that happen but it certainly helped my motivation.
And I went running with my boy – we chatted and laughed and we had fun together for half an hour and I ran further than I thought I would. I ran happy!
My mojo is back.
I’m aching all over, but my mojo is back and I’m looking forward to running and re-building both my leg, my confidence and my fitness.
Now, all I need to do is to move on to my work mojo……………..
Wish me luck!