This past weekend I tackled my first long run since the Hartford Half Marathon; it wasn’t easy getting out the door. I’m currently training for my third half marathon in ninety days, and to be honest, I have very little motivation. I’m tired, I’m sick of training, and the horrible weather is not helping. The past two weeks I have had to dig down deep to find the motivation to get me through what used to be easy three-mile treadmill runs, and out the door to make it on time for my 5:30AM bootcamp class. I know it is a phase, it happens to all of us at one point or another…so I thought I would share with you some tools for me giving myself the proper kick in the a$$ to get me moving and out the door:
Accountability. If you go on record publicly and state your goals, it is much harder to give up. For example, the more I told people I wanted to run three half marathons in ninety days, the more I would have felt ridiculous backing away from my goal. I knew that by telling my friends and family they would help hold me accountable. Having to be accountable for the goals I set encourages me to dig out my winter running hat and get my a$$ out the door.
Finding fun in the wicked. This past Sunday morning was cold, windy, dreary, and last thing I wanted to do was run 8 miles. Lucky for me, I have an awesome running partner who motivates me, encourages me, and helps provide entertainment during the tough times. Knowing that I could chat with my friend, laugh, and catch up, helps me get my coat on and my a$$ out the door.
Giving yourself room to say “no.” Every once in a while, it is good to say “no.” Go ahead, skip a workout–I swear, it will help keep you sane! Some cold, dreary, rainy mornings, it’s ok to stay in bed and forego the long run. However, be warned, as helpful as this tactic is, it is a slippery slope. Much like indulging in that fresh, still warm, apple cider doughnut, one can lead to another and another and another. Pick and choose carefully, and you will find that giving yourself a break one day, will help you get your winterized running socks on, and your a$$ out the door, the next.
Improving your body. Working out improves your body. It strengthens your muscles, helps you maintain a healthy weight, makes your heart operate more efficiently, and can provide stress relief. Another important lesson I have learned, if your body is sore from a previous workout, the fastest way to alleviate the soreness is to engage in another workout! I struggled with sore legs for three days, the result of an a$$ kicking bootcamp class. Within the first two miles of my long run, the soreness was gone and it never came back! Thinking about helping my tired, never-enough-sleep, questionable-meal-choices, will-my-body-ever-return-to-normal-after-three-kids, yes-I-love-wine, your-metabolism-in-your-thirties-is-not-the-same-as-in-your-twenties, motivates me to get my shoes on and my a$$ out the door.
I often hear people say they do not have the time to exercise. The most important part of being and staying motivated is making time to exercise. So if working out is important to you, make the time and find ways to keep yourself motivated. Please share, what keeps you motivated and gets your a$$ out the door?
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