SOS: Running Rut

S.O.S. please someone help me.
It's not healthy for me to feel this
[R.U.N.] are making this hard
I can't take it see it don't feel right
S.O.S. please someone help me.

Hey Guys and Gals! It's Beth Meadows -- Race Director for NRC Races as well as NRC Race Team Member. Basically, I have a problem, and in the immortal words of Queen RiRi, please someone help me!

After I had to drop from Pinhoti 100, I was fired up about getting back out there ASAP. I had already begun making plans and goals for 2018. I jumped right into Bell Ringer 50K and finished in a respectable time. However, my ankle that’s plagued me for years laughed in the face of my plans, and I had to take a little time off. I stopped running and started doing hot yoga and strength exercises.  And now, cut to 4 months later, the ankle is fine, but I’m still not really out there. It’s clear that I’m (gasp) in a running rut. I’ll do a couple miles every other day or so, but it’s begrudgingly and unenjoyed. I must bargain with myself to even get my booty out the door (hello, wine and Justified!).  When I can convince myself to go for a run, it hurts, and it sucks. It doesn’t hurt in an injured way but more so in the Andy Dwyer-everything-hurts- and-running-is-impossible-way.  I don’t want to run because I’m out of shape; I’m out of shape because I don’t want to run. And as someone who needs to run just for sanity’s sake, that is no bueno. I am not good when I’m not running. My sensitive side takes over, my anxiety rears its ugly head, and then inertia takes hold. My body at rest stays at rest.

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Also, I have really become entrenched in this great running community that Nashville as to offer, and part of my identity is as a runner. If someone asks me what I do, I feel more comfortable saying “I run” as opposed to “I’m an attorney who only does it for that sweet, sweet paycheck and medical insurance that I’ll inevitably need as a result of injuring myself doing the one thing that I (used to) love, running”.  However, these days, I feel like a complete fraud because I’m not running and because I don’t like running. Like not even a little. Plus, I’m asking people to come run these awesome races that I help put on when I don’t have the desire to even race myself. So . . . HELP! What are your tips and tricks for getting out of a running rut and getting out the door when life, your body, your mind, or your laziness gets in the way? Please, I’m begging you, I gots to run!

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