Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The I-don't-want-to-exercise-funk

For the past 2-ish weeks, my knee has been bothering me.


Side planks make me smile. 😬

A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 12:44pm PDT

I can’t remember a certain moment when I injured it, but it has been swollen and sore to the touch.  It didn’t hurt when I ran, but when I bent it enough to climb stairs, do lunges, or pick up Ina, I felt a tinge of pain.  

So of course, I did the most sensible thing and just ignored it and kept climbing stairs, doings lunges, and picking up Ina.  I didn’t want to rest it because I have a very large fear of falling into the I-don’t-want-to-exercise-funk.  

My knee is magically better this morning (Yay!), but my point is that the I-don’t-want-to-exericse-funk is a very real feeling.

It is a feeling that, for me, starts with actually not exercising for a few days in a row.  I feed off the endorphins that exercise provides, and when they are gone, I no longer have the motivation to move, and then I fall down the slippery slope of having to force myself to move every day.  

It is painful when forcing myself to exercise is a daily battle.  I don’t like it at all.  But, I have been there, many times.  

I guess I am saying all this to let you know that the daily decision to exercise didn’t always come automatically to me.  However, it does now, and has for a while now, and I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I just keep doing it.

Does that make sense? Anyone else have a similar story?  

Have a good Tuesday! 


  1. Oh, my goodness! Yes! That I don't want to exercise thing is so real and so strong...and so confusing. I feel better when I work out, after I've been working out for awhile, I enjoy working out. But, the moment I let myself stop for any reason, starting again is so very very hard...it feels impossible and I can't convince myself that I ever enjoyed it or that I actually felt better while doing, it's hard to find a reason to start when the couch and the bed are so comfortable.

  2. I am in a weird no workout zone. I am 10 weeks pregnant and just don't feel like it. I do go for the occasional walk but that is all I feel like doing. I have had 2 miscarriages and am afraid I am going to do something to jeopardize it. I know-totally irrational. It is going to be a long 30 more weeks......

  3. I totally know what you mean Racheal. I am sort of in that phase now. Since my oldest started school and the school run has interrupted my morning working out routine and my husband gets home later in the evenings most nights...I just feel really blah about exercising. I don't want to but I do. I need to get my mojo back and then just keep going! Got a 10k coming up too...yikes. Hope your knee is totally better :-)


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