The Winter Funk + LA Marathon

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/holiday weekend with your family and loved ones. We had a fantastic celebration at our home on Christmas Eve with my sisters, their families and my parents.

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My family (minus my godson who was sleeping!)

The week leading up to Christmas was pure chaos. Between last minute Christmas shopping, taking the boys to see Santa (AJ was a little weary then warmed up but Ryan was not happy), cleaning the house, food shopping and cooking, I felt like it would never all get done. But it did.

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We also got our new dining room furniture last week. I’ve known what I have wanted to do in our dining room since we moved in over 18 months ago but financially had to wait until now to purchase it all. I could not be happier!

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Buffet from Restoration Hardware

Buffet – Restoration Hardware; Rug – Iraq (I purchased it during my last deployment)

China Cabinet from Restoration Hardware; Table/Chairs from Pottery Barn

China Cabinet – Restoration Hardware; Table/Chairs – Pottery Barn

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I haven’t blogged much the last few weeks – partially because I’ve been so busy but mostly because there hasn’t been a ton of good running. I’ve run here and there, done some speedy (for me) runs and gotten a few double digit runs in – but, by and large, running hasn’t been great. Truth is, I’ve been in a running funk. I’ve had very little motivation to get up early (so I haven’t) and it’s been impossible to get on the treadmill during the day (little guy is barely napping at the moment) so there’s been a lot of days off.

Nobody wants to be in a funk. I tend to go into one each year around this time. The mornings are cold and dark. I’m not a fan of running in temperatures much below 30 nor will I run outside in the dark (alone). So most of my running is on the treadmill. Which I don’t particularly enjoy. Running starts to feel more of a “have to” instead of “I want to”.

But I feel like the winter funk has been a blessing in disguise for me this year. After training for NJ, then Placid, then Philly, with virtually no break in between, I think my body and mind needed a big chunk of time to not do much of anything.

After a few weeks of sleeping in, eating things that I try to stay away from when I’m training (that cause stomach issues) and drinking a bit too much wine, I finally feel recharged and energized about training again. I want to get up early and run. The desire to run {and run hard} has returned.

I had two consecutive days of good running this weekend – 14 miles on the treadmill (7:51 average) while alternating incline between 0.0 – 2.0 on Saturday followed by 8 recovery miles outside yesterday (8:08 average).

The return of my motivation is perfect timing since today is the first day of training for my first race of 2014 – the LA Marathon on March 9!! It’s only 10 weeks away, which isn’t necessarily ideal, but I’m beginning to think that shorter, more intense training cycles might be key for me to staying focused and not burning out.

Today was my first tempo run in weeks – 2 mile warmup, 4 miles at tempo pace (6:58), 2 miles cooldown. 8 total miles (7:35).  It felt really, really great to run hard again, so I think waiting and letting my body decide when it was ready to train was smarter than forcing myself to beginning training 2-3 weeks ago.

Have you ever been in a running funk?  

How do you pull yourself out of it? 

Have you run the LA Marathon? Are you running it this year? 

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    26 thoughts on “The Winter Funk + LA Marathon

    1. You could unquestionably see your enthusiasm from the function you’re writing. This sector wants a lot more passionate authors just like you that are not reluctant to convey the direction they feel. All the time go after ones soul.

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    3. A running funk is a nice way to put it – I was on a 3 year hiatus before coming back this year. During my pregnancies and after both I just had no desire to workout. I pulled myself out of it when I knew I wanted to loose the weight and also I wanted to make sure my kids see how to perservere and push through.
      I have never run the LA marathon but would love to run out in California. Not sure if LA is the place but somewhere on the West Coast would be fun.
      Can’t wait to read about your training. You are tough – I know you will kill it!
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    4. Dining room looks amazing! I was on a running high two weeks ago and am in major funkville right now. Cold. Dark. BLAH de blah. I like a shorter training cycle too- get too burn out if not! Yay for LA Marathon- wish I could do it with you!
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    5. Welcome back! And I feel you 100% on the funk. Since Memphis marathon was canceled, I didn’t get the runners high to springboard me into the next 6-8 weeks of training for Houston marathon, so that funk hit hard and heavy. I am counting down the days till I can take a break from super long Saturday runs!

      I LOVE Restoration, and I have been eying the same buffet for awhile, but in the lighter shade. Funny enough, we also have a PB table and chairs, not the same ones. Just FYI, if there is a PB outlet near you, you can always call to see if they have what you are looking for in stock. I know several people who have gotten current pieces for a fraction that way!
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    6. Happy new year! I am absolutely *drooling* over your hutch and PB dining table/chairs. Love the richness of that dark color. Also, I’m sorry about your funk! I usually get one around June (I know that’s really weird). Way to pull out of it, tho, and point toward LA! I know two people who are also running it this year. I never have.

      I kept myself pretty focused during the pre- and Christmas hubbub by having my first 50k on the cal for 12/28. I was a bit nervous so I just kept plowing ahead toward it and it was a huge, happy day!

      Hope your week this week is going MONSTER! ☺️
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    7. Ever since Philly, I’ve run only about 30-40 minutes a few times a week. I’ve had no set training schedule and I have LOVED every minute of it!! We all need to recharge, and I think the holidays are a perfect time to do it!
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    8. I’ve totally been there and usually it boils down to needing either more or less structure. During base training sometimes I get frustrated and need to pay a race fee in the future or set a crazy goal for the future to keep myself going. Other times I get burnt out from all the schedules during race season and need to just run for enjoyment with no watches and no plans for a few weeks to reset.
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    9. Oh my word, definitely been in a running funk before. I guess it depends what puts me in it, to know how to get out of it. When It’s because I have been training hard and am tired, the best thing is time and rest. If its because I am plateauing and bored which puts me in a rut- sometimes just deleting the plan and playing it by year for a week or so can help.

      You have had an awesome year and a little downtime was probably just what you needed. And now you can train your butt off for LA, because I think it’s going to be great for you!

    10. It always feels great when you are coming out of a running rut. I usually get out of ruts by keeping races on my calendar as something to look forward to. It gives me extra motivation and inspiration to get out the door.
      Wishing you a great training cycle for the LA Marathon! Can’t wait to follow your journey.

      Karen @karenlovestorun

    11. The dining room looks fantastic! I definitely hear you on the funk… the last month as been similar for me. I’m slowly coming back out of it, but it was amazing to sleep in and do what I wanted, when I wanted. :) 10 weeks away– how exciting!!
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    12. I have a tendency to get into a funk after races, but I’ve tried to keep enough races (even if its just a fun run or a 10K) on the calendar to keep me motivated.

      I’m running my first full marathon in 13 days, and am planning to give myself several weeks with no stress on running. I’m planning to keep up with my cross-training, but let my body have a little rest before picking up for my first races in the spring.
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    13. Your family is beautiful! And Ryan’s face on Santa’s lap? Priceless. I think all kids have that screaming picture with Santa because I mean really, it must be scary! I’m sorry about the running funk but glad to hear that you’ve gotten some good runs in. So excited to hear that you’re running LA. It’s going to be awesome!
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    14. Love your dining room! Looks beautiful. I’m also super excited to hear you are running LA. It was totally on my radar this year but Boston won over! I wish you much luck and happy, healthy training!
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    15. TOTALLY feel you about the running funk and when it starts to feel like ‘have to’ vs ‘want to.’ I feel that way when I have to treadmill it more than I’d like because those runs tend to feel more forced than those I can do outside. I have been trying to run outside when I can, when it’s not icy or UBER cold and not dark, but that doesn’t leave all that many days for options for that lately around these parts (as you know!). But those are the most energizing runs for me! the ones where I can get fresh air and enjoy it more. I am glad you have had some great runs lately and that ‘feeling’ has come back. I think we all go through it, prob more often than we’d like to admit sometimes 😉
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    16. I totally understand the running funk. After my half Ironman in October, my will to get up in the mornings to get workouts done and to eat the way I want and know I should really diminished. Even though I’ve still be running well, I’ve given myself more outs (aka made more excuses) than I usually would. I’m glad to hear you are feeling back on track. I’m also running a marathon on March 1 and feeling like I don’t have as much time as I’d normally want to to get into the really high miles, but we will do it! Good luck with your training and I look forward to reading about all your journeys in 2014! xo
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    17. I’m so glad to know that even AMAZING runners like you can become unmotivated during the winter. Thanks for sharing and good luck in LA! Maybe I’ll drive down there that weekend to cheer all of you on!!!!

    18. I love your dining room set, it’s gorgeous! I always get in a running funk when it’s too cold or too hot outside, I really hate the treadmill so it always feels like a chore when I have to do it inside. I think just pushing through it helps me get a better attitude, then I feel so much better afterwards.

      I’ve never run the LA marathon and only have MCM and a local half on my schedule right now.
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    19. So glad to hear that you had some fun and got lots of rest. I too believe a short training cycle might be just what you need. Good luck, I look forward to hearing about your upcoming training/race

    20. I was in such a running funk in September for a number of reasons. I felt like a lot happened to me at the same time and I was feeling really overwhelmed. My grandmother passed away, we had just gotten engaged, and I got a new job, and I was just in general feeling really overwhelmed and anxious. It took time, some pushing, and a few sessions with a counselor, but I feel much more like myself lately, and not as unmotivated as I was. Good luck! I wish I could run LA, but I’m over here in North Carolina, and I’m not sure I can make it out this year :)
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    21. So glad to hear you are coming out of your funk, and I bet a little rest did you some good. Here’s to a great, intense training cycle for LA!