Running is that old friend that never lets us down, Joe. She'll never break your heart. She never violates your trust. She might allow you to feel a little pain but even that isn't her fault--she's a silent partner helping us through, trying to give us our best life and we just have to respect her and listen to our bodies to have the best relationship with her. Even best friends need space now and then but you always know in your heart that you'll never turn your back on her because she will never do that to you!
I'm assuming the racing fees are for the same reason--hard economic times. I still intend to do the Hangover but I don't know what kind of shape I'll be in. If you think YOU haven't run 10 miles in awhile, I haven't run 10 miles in awhile multiplied by 7. :) But I am excited about it.
And of course, I'll be at the T-Day race with you! And as usual, if you want to see me, it'll have to be at the start because you'll finish before me, brother.
With trail running, my dilemma is the same as yours, but different reasoning. Because there aren't footpaths right outside of my door, I can only go trail running once or twice a week due to my time constraints. I just try to get out and enjoy them when I can!
Kriston is right... You have to figure this one out on your own so blog away :)
We've all been there and quite honestly I don't think I found the true joy of running until recently and I've been doing this since 2006. There's been many ups/downs and by the conclusion of Chicago 2010 I really thought I was done, burned out and was resigning myself to maybe short distance races. And then something changed in my life that challenged me & my spirit on day to day life. Running became my tool to stay grounded and to feel normal. I wasn't trying for pace, distance, etc. I only ran because it made me feel like me. And with starting that groove again, I have found a new joy in running & training for events.
So here's my thought... Maybe let the mojo find you as I believe it did with me :)
Joe, I'm not going to give you advice because honestly, at least from my perspective, there's nothing anyone can say or do to help. You're going to have to ride this one out. When I feel this way--and let's face it, we ALL have felt this way--I take time off and do so intentionally so as not to feel guilty and then I do something else during that time--usually hiking or P90X. I look at running as if it were a relationship. You can't be with ANYONE all of the time without getting a little burned out. So step back, do something else (it's not cheating!) for awhile and then think of all of the reasons why you love running in the first place. You'll find that you will naturally come back to it, refreshed and ready for a new beginning!
And try to remember how it was to finish our first Mini in 2009--that was MAJOR and it was a bittersweet moment for all of us because everything we had been doing was leading us to that one moment and there it was, DONE! But we continued on to do more great races and we will continue to do the same! GET YOUR MOJO BACK!!!!!!!