In A Slump

The past week or two I have felt like I’m in a major workout slump. I have not had the desire or drive that I usually do to get to the gym or go out for a run. It’s weird because during my 16 weeks of strength training on a program, I was motivated to hit the gym every day, no excuses.

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve just been lacking motivation. I took a few days off in case my body needed a break or something but it didn’t really help.

However, I still have been trying to remain active. I run a mile or 2, or go for long walks with my mom. I have been loving Blogilates abs videos too! I’ve really just been craving shorter workouts. Yesterday my mom and I did 5 sets of hill sprints.

It’s just weird for me because a few weeks ago I loved going to the gym to try to get some personal records on each lift. I’m trying to figure it out but hopefully motivation comes back soon. Perhaps it is just a case of wanting some time off from long, hard workouts. Or maybe it’s the fact that I have nothing to train for (and my 16 week program ended), so I’ve had no structure.

I’m going to seriously try to get back at it Monday though. For now, I’ll listen to my mind and body and take it easy, but Monday I want to get back to seriously lifting. I don’t want to lose all that strength I built up!

Basically, this post was to ask for your advice and insight.

Has this ever happened to you? How do you get out of a workout slump?

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  1. Jim Hartman says:

    I feel like that a lot, it’s normal, but I’m sure you know that. You will find your motivation. I make sure motivation is around me all the time. I just registered for a bunch of NYRR races, I bought a new pair of running sneakers (Brooks Launch, I love them), I also just picked up the Nike Fuel band which is really cool, I am loving it. Whenever I am at my computer I always watch a few inspirational videos, always helps. Now if only Stridebox will send their next package !! : ) Anyway, what works for me is always surrounding myself with stuff that motivates me and I’m doing pretty good lately. So hang in there and just go run !

    • Thank you so much Jim! I need to start signing up for NYRR races as well. The thing is, I go for runs and start running and just feel blah. No energy, immediately feel like I’m working so hard..and end up walking. wtf?! But you’re right I just need to get out there and do it. Perhaps signing up for races will help! I do like inspirational videos too – I’ll have to search for some on YouTube! I love the one I posted this past Monday about success. Clearly I need to rewatch it!

  2. I started following your blog because I went from a every day gym person to one who wanted to start running. Balancing jogging/running training with gym strength time is my goal. But this journey has been a long and challenging one (i was once almost 300 pounds!!) I am thankful that I have your blog bookmarked and a few others that I turn to for advice and motivation! So thank you!! As far as how you feel, I too am feeling blah because I have been down sick for the past week with a virus. It’s hard not to feel like all of your fitness efforts are wasting away! But you are so right….we need to listen to our bodies! If it needs a little rest time…then do just that so you can come back with a bang. I just tell myself each step, even if just a nice walk outside is better than nothing! Again, thank you so much for your expertise and motivation!!

    • Kathryn thank you so much for your comment!! Balancing running and strength training is still a challenge for me too…it’s hard to do both because both take up a decent chunk of time! But as long as you incorporate strength at least 1-2x a week, you will be okay.

      And you’re so right about the walking thing…it is better than nothing! Which is why I have been okay with just going for walks recently. Sometimes your body just needs you to slow things down and relax…but hopefully I can get back into it on monday :)

  3. I was so dedicated when training for the Dopey Challenge, but after it was over, and I didn’t have a goal anymore, I found my motivation started lacking. Funny thing, they were talking about this on the local radio this morning. Saying how it’s important to have a goal – a race, for example – that is very key to keeping you in a routine. Do you have any goals you’re reaching for?
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    • I have a half marathon in july but i guess that seems so far off that that’s why I’m not as motivated to run. Gotta get on that!

  4. I’m sorry about the slump. :(

    One thing that’s worked well for me is having a clear goal and a deadline for hitting that goal.

    These days I’m halfway to my first pull-up, so I’m really excited to hit the gym on workout days and see how far I’ve progressed. And now that the end is in sight, I’m brainstorming for other goals so that as soon as I hit goal #1 I can (first, celebrate! then) switch right over to goal #2.

    The goal doesn’t have to be a speed-based or strength-based thing necessarily. It could be something that helps you with flexibility, balance, stamina, coordination, anything. Maybe there’s a certain yoga pose you’ve always wanted to be able to do? Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to juggle while riding a unicycle? :) Who knows.
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  5. Definitely! Hang in there, figure out how you want to move, and go after it!
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  6. Maybe you just need a longer break and then to find another program to follow! Even an simple short program can get you motivated, try mixing things up too. I normally take a week off (don’t do anything at all!) and then if I’m still not feeling it I’ll start off slow. I’ll workout two or three days a week and then build back up. Sometimes your body just really needs break even if it frustrates you.
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