1. A new running group. In the beginning of October I started running with a Pub Run group that meets every Tuesday night. Ever since the first time I joined I haven't missed a week and I look forward to every Tuesday evening. This also means I get a 6 mile run done early in the week, and that motivates me to get more miles as the week goes on. Also, I really enjoy everyone's company no matter who shows up from week to week. Runners are (for the most part) really awesome people to talk to! (One more perk - you don't feel like you're bragging when you talk about all the races you've done, because they've all done a ton of them too!)
2. Being sick of being mediocre (for me). Now, I have nothing against running for fun, winging a training plan and not having goals for races. The majority of my races are for fun and if I was constantly chasing goals I know I would get burned out. BUT. I haven't chased a goal in quite a while. In early 2013 I consistently trained and knocked out some big PRs in the 5k, 5 mile, 10k and 1/2 marathon distances. AND THAT WAS REALLY FUN! I still feel a sense of pride over the times I ran, but also a sense of sadness that I didn't keep my training going. I'd like to have pride in a new race time that isn't over a year and a half old!
3. Summer is over. I love summer and doing all of the summer things: Boating, tubing, canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, going to baseball games, sitting outside drinking beers etc, etc etc. I don't make running my priority and I'm really ok with that because I don't want to be a slave to my fitness routine. I WANT to do all the fun things and make new memories. But now my schedule is clearing up and my weeknights aren't as busy. I can make running more of a priority because I'm not as tempted to skip my workouts. I also joined back up at my local gym which has 24 hour access, so I really have no reason to make excuses!
So, I think that's big chunk of the reasons that I'm finding my running mojo again. It's time to kick my lazy butt in the face!