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How To Find Your Running Mojo (Even When You Think It’s Gone Forever)

Running mojo is one of those things that can’t be controlled or manipulated—either you have it or you don’t. Since running is more mental than physical it’s important that you have your running mojo to get the most out of your workouts.

I know a thing or two about losing my running mojo. I’ve lost it countless times. It can be super devastating because it feels like your body isn’t quite cooperating with your heart and mind. For anyone who hasn’t experienced this it means that you lose your spark for running. Going out for a normal run all of a sudden feels like trudging through quicksand. It could even be related to having your worst race or feeling unable to do basic training runs that you have always done with ease. It’s annoying and overwhelming but the best part is that it’s temporary.

Here are a few ways to regain your running mojo when you have lost it:

Sick of running? Can't quite get out to hit the pavement? Here is how you can find your running mojo again! #running #workout #fitness

  1. Take the pressure off: Start with the basics and go for a walk. Turn off the fitness trackers and run however you feel. Being outside and hitting the pavement without all of the extra things we runners put on ourselves can be like hitting a huge reset button.
  2. Read inspiring stories: There are so many stories on the internet and books about running. My favorite place to hang is because you can read about all kinds of running stories from the greatest athletes to the most average runners. Hearing others stories can spark something inside of you to get you back on the running path.
  3. Remember why you started: it’s so easy to get away from the WHY we started running. You can get caught up in comparison games, what gear you need, what races you “should” be running etc. Take some time and write down your reasons for running and reconnect with your why.

Rediscovering Your Running Mojo: The Guide to Rekindling Your Passion for the Pavement

It happens to the best of us. One day you’re pounding the pavement with vigor, feeling the rush of endorphins with each stride, and the next, you find yourself stuck in a rut, unable to muster the enthusiasm to lace up your running shoes. Whether it’s due to an injury, burnout, or just the ups and downs of life, losing your running mojo can be disheartening. But fear not! Regaining your passion for running is entirely possible, and often, the journey back can be just as fulfilling as the act of running itself.

Assess the Underlying Issues

The first step in regaining your running mojo is understanding what caused you to lose it in the first place. Have you been overtraining, leading to physical exhaustion and burnout? Or perhaps it’s a psychological issue, like stress or a lack of motivation? Pinpointing the root cause can guide you in developing a targeted approach to rekindle your love for running.

Set Realistic Goals

When you’re trying to get back into the groove, it’s essential to manage your expectations. Setting unrealistic goals can set you up for disappointment, which will further dampen your enthusiasm. Start with attainable objectives, like running for 20 minutes without stopping or completing a 5K within a specific time frame. As you achieve these smaller milestones, you’ll build up the confidence to tackle more significant challenges.

Change It Up

Sometimes, all it takes to rediscover your love for running is a change of scenery or routine. If you’ve always run the same route, try exploring new trails or parks. Switching from treadmill running to outdoor running, or vice versa, can also offer a fresh perspective. Changing your playlist or even your running time can infuse new energy into your workouts.

Find a Community

Running doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor. Joining a running club or finding a running buddy can provide a social element that you might have been missing. Being part of a community not only makes the runs more enjoyable but also holds you accountable. Sometimes, knowing that someone is waiting for you is all the motivation you need to get out the door.

Celebrate Small Wins

Each run doesn’t have to be a record-breaking event. Celebrate the small victories along the way—be it running for an extra five minutes, tackling a challenging incline, or simply getting out there when you didn’t feel like it. Recognizing these small wins can provide the emotional fuel to keep you going.

Revisit Your ‘Why’

Why did you start running in the first place? Was it for physical well-being, mental clarity, or perhaps a personal challenge? Revisiting your original motivation for taking up running can serve as a powerful reminder and reignite your passion.

Listen to Your Body

Last but not least, always listen to your body. If you’re physically tired, it might be a sign that you need to rest and recover. There’s a fine line between pushing through mental barriers and causing physical harm. Make sure you’re on the right side of it.

Finding your running mojo after losing it can be a journey filled with ups and downs, but that’s part of what makes it so rewarding. As you navigate this path back to a fulfilling running experience, you’ll not only regain your passion but also gain new insights into what makes you tick as a runner. So go ahead, lace up those running shoes, and reclaim the joy that comes from the simplest yet most invigorating form of exercise there is.

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What are your tips to regain your mojo?


Friday 30th of November 2018

Finding a real motivation is very difficult for me..N i regret it a lot. Well keeping pressure off might help . will certainly start running soon.

Laura Norris

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

The why is so important! When I feel a slump in motivation, I think of how I feel if I don't run.


Wednesday 28th of November 2018

It's so essential to take the pressure off. Sometimes your mind and body need the break and you should take it completely!! Otherwise, your tips for getting that mojo back are right on! I hope you can get back to running soon :-)

Deborah Brooks

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

I think we all lose our mojo from time to time. I usually try to find a new class to check out or meet up with new running friend. Thanks for the tips