Mojo Musings

Mojo Musings

Last week, Coach Kristie addressed the loss of Mojo in “Mojo, Mojo, Whereforeart Thou, Mojo“.  This week, KR Endurance athlete David Bess, discusses it from his perspective: I’ve trained as a “serious” runner for five or six years now, competing in numerous short-distance races as well as half and full marathons.  Along the way, my motivation level has waned and has at times even disappeared.  The newness of running is long gone, and the act of putting on the gear for one more run feels like drudgery rather than delight.  Here are a few thoughts that help me keep my motivation level up and the “mojo” present. Run to live, don’t live to run.  Running can easily consume me and dominate my life. When it starts taking the place of faith, family or relationships with friends, its gone too far.  Burnout for me then is just around the corner.  I have to keep it in perspective.  I run to live a better life, I don’t live to run a better race.  As fulfilling as running is, there are far greater things in life! Find the fun.  Running started as something fun and exciting, and I have to make sure I keep it that way.  If I get obsessed with a faster pace, a quicker finish time, or another new personal record, the pressure I put on myself robs me of the joy of running. There’s nothing wrong with having a goal, but I’ve got to find the fun in pursuing it. Do something rather than nothing at all.  If I just can’t bring myself to run, then find something else to...
Mojo, Mojo, Whereforeart Thou, Mojo

Mojo, Mojo, Whereforeart Thou, Mojo

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say something along the lines of “I’ve lost my (insert sport name here) mojo, I’d be writing this article from my own private island. For the sake of this article we’ll address loss of running mojo, but this really applies to most disciplines. It is June 18th as I type this, the last time I ran was March 28th.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The run for me is my zone out, think about it, solve all the problems in my head, time.  I had something happen to me that made zoning out and thinking about it, very painful.  I constantly relived what happened.  I needed to do things that required concentration so I couldn’t let those reminders seep into my head. Some would say I lost my run mojo.  I like to call it a needed redirection.  Running for me right now is not a good thing.  I lift weights, take intense spin classes, focus on my nutrition, and participate in other activities that require my mind to be engaged. Am I devastated that I am not running?  No.  Am I still a runner?  Absolutely.  I know I will get back to running some day when the time is right.  I’m being kind to myself and not harping on the fact that I am not running. It can be very emotional for someone when they wake up one day and mojo has packed it’s bags and left without a trace.  For many who run, running is so much a part of their identity.  When mojo is lost,...
Comparing Yourself to Others- by Coach Heather

Comparing Yourself to Others- by Coach Heather

What does it mean to be a “bad” athlete? To me there is no such thing. We are all human and want to be our best. We want to PR, improve, feel better, be leaner. We (including myself) can and at times are our own worst enemies. We compare ourselves to others and their times or what our times were prior to an injury or life happening. We check out where our competitors are and want to be at their level. We want to be back to where we were before life took over. We have to start where we are at. Not every race is going to go 100% as planned. Our bodies will fatigue, strategies don’t work out, etc. I am Training for 2018 Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.. It is an honor to be able to go as part of Team USA to race on behalf of the USA! My goal is to be in the top 10 in my age group. Last year, life took over and now my run times are a little slower. I had a few injuries but they happened for a reason. Do I want to be where I was at a 7 minute mile…absolutely. It’s going to take some work to get back there. I had a reality check by my Coach just yesterday. I want to compare myself to where I used to be instead of working on where I am at. I have to let go of the stresses of life and just take it one workout at a time and one day at a time....