Missing mojo

Posted on August 16, 2012


Dear Running Fairy

Help me!

My running mojo is missing in action and I don’t know what to do.  I started to feel this way a couple of weeks ago and it’s gone downhill from there (along with my puns, clearly).

The reasons are never quite known but amongst them could be these:

  • The weather is hot, humid and vile. Leaving the confines of air-con is akin to putting your head in a pre-heated oven
  • I never wake up early enough (I retired long ago from early starts) so by the time I hit the road, it’s 40+c and the sun is scorching
  • After much of this year enjoying adventures amongst French vines, Chinese rice paddies, rural Nepali villages, Switzerland’s mountain magic, Hong Kong’s terrific trails and Paris’s beautiful boulevards, I am struggling to find beauty amongst the drab desert sands and the concrete urban jungle of Dubai
  • I often wake feeling sore after an electrifying Power Yoga session with Kasi the night before 
  • Thanks to Ramdan, I’m only really running within the confines of Emirates Hills. This way I can easily pay a visit to my favourite security guards in their air-con- & water-cooler-embellished shelters for a top up of H2O and a moment’s rest from the incessant sweat fest outside. Lack of variety induces boredom

Any suggestions re how I can get my mojo back? Gone is the magic when I feel like I’m flying and in it’s place, what feels like a chore.

Love fit chick Tori


Dear fit chick Tori

There are lots of little tips and tricks you can try.

How about seeking inspiration from a new running book or movie. As you know, the power of words can capture the imagination and conjure up motivation like little else … other than pictures perhaps, that some say speak a thousand words. Or how about downloading some new tunes … nothing makes the miles pass quicker than belting out some top tunes and the best part is that no-one will know when you’re singing all the wrong words.  Running with others is also a great motivator so perhaps reconsider your solo attitude sometimes. Ditto combining your runs with running errands (boom boom) and chores. Explore new routes and find new groups.

At the same time, be sure that you’re not over-reaching or over-training in which case you may need to pull back a little.

Remember that ultimately, anything with any value in life, requires work in order to reap the benefits. In life, we all experience ups and downs … so why should our running lives be any different? Even the worlds greatest runners slip into slumps. What’s imperative is that you remember to be mindful that this too will pass.  All is flux after all!

Being a runner is not all about loving it every single moment – just like a good marriage or friendship – it’s not all good all the time. If those are your expectations, you’re in for a big let down and you’ll probably give up when perhaps you don’t really want to.  

Let pure habit get you though it … and I mean the habit to keep running rather than ever quitting.

Running is not a state of being … it’s a state of doing. You are what you do and you must accept the ups and the downs even though the ups are a whole lot more fun than the downs. You see, if it were easy it wouldn’t matter so much. But if it does matter to you, then that means you’re a runner … so get out and run! Your mojo will come back before you know it and cling to the soles of your feet like Peter Pan’s shadow … and then once again, you will fly!

With love,

The Running Fairy


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