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How to Recover From Loss of Desire to Train as an Endurance Runner

by | Mar 19, 2023

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How to Recover From Loss of Desire to Train as an Endurance Runner

Regain Your Passion for Running and Reach Your Full Potential

I am an experienced endurance runner with over 10 years of training under my belt. I know firsthand the challenges that come with maintaining the motivation to train, especially during periods of low desire. In this post, I’ll share with you some effective strategies that have helped me recover from the loss of desire to train and rekindle my passion for running. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting, these tips can help you get back on track and reach your full potential as an endurance athlete.

1. Understand the Root Cause of Your Loss of Desire to Train

The first step in recovering from the loss of desire to train is to identify the underlying cause. Some common reasons for loss of motivation in endurance runners include:

  1. Overtraining and burnout
  2. Injury or illness
  3. Stress and personal issues
  4. Boredom or lack of variety in training

Take some time to reflect on your current situation and try to pinpoint the root cause of your lack of desire to train. Once you identify the cause, you can take the necessary steps to address it and move forward.

2. Take a Break and Rest

If overtraining or burnout is the cause of your loss of desire to train, it’s essential to take a break and allow your body and mind to rest and recover. Taking a break from training can help you regain your motivation and come back stronger. It’s okay to take a few days or even a week off from training to recharge your batteries.

3. Set Realistic and Attainable Goals

Setting goals is an essential part of training and can help you stay motivated and focused. However, if your goals are unrealistic or unattainable, they can quickly become a source of frustration and loss of motivation. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, and achievable within a reasonable timeframe.

Examples of Realistic Goals:
  • Complete a 5K in under 30 minutes within 3 months
  • Run a half marathon within 6 months
  • Improve your running form and reduce your risk of injury

4. Mix Up Your Training

Doing the same routine day in and day out can quickly lead to boredom and loss of motivation. Mix up your training by trying new workouts, running routes, or training partners. Variety is the spice of life, and it can help you stay engaged and motivated to train.

5. Find a Support System

Having a support system can help you stay accountable and motivated during periods of low desire to train. Find a running group or training partner who shares your passion for running and can help you stay on track. You can also seek support from online running communities or social media groups.

6. Create a Routine and Stick to It

Creating a routine can help you establish healthy habits and stay consistent with your training. Find a time of day that works best for you to train, and try to stick to it as much as possible. This can help you build momentum and make training a regular part of your day.

7. Track Your Progress

Tracking your progress can help you see how far you’ve come and stay motivated to reach your goals. Use a running app or a training journal to track your workouts, distance, pace, and other metrics. Celebrate your accomplishments and use them as motivation to keep going.

8. Focus on the Process, Not Just the Outcome

It’s essential to have goals to work towards, but it’s equally important to focus on the process of getting there. Enjoy the journey and focus on the small improvements you make along the way. Remember that running is a journey, not just a destination.

9. Seek Professional Help if Needed

If you’re struggling with the loss of desire to train due to injury, burnout, or other issues, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A coach, sports psychologist, or physical therapist can help you overcome obstacles and get back on track.


Loss of desire to train is a common challenge that endurance runners face. However, with the right strategies and mindset, it’s possible to recover and rekindle your passion for running. Remember to take a break if needed, set realistic goals, mix up your training, find a support system, create a routine, track your progress, focus on the process, and seek professional help if needed. With these tips, you can overcome obstacles and reach your full potential as an endurance runner.

Patrick Michel

Endurance Runner – Marketing Strategist

Patrick Michel is a Montreal-based endurance runner specializing in long-distance multi-stage charity ultra runs. For almost two decades, he has inspired many to engage in running, get fit and grow stronger physically and mentally. He has also written many articles about running.