Motivation to Run

Let’s face it, as much as we all love the idea of running, sometimes we need a little extra kick in the pants to get us out the door. Whether it be lack of motivation due to early runs, weather, or simply being burnt out, every run isn’t fun or easy. I don’t know about you, but I often lack motivation to run.

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There are some days when my alarm goes off, and all I want to do is hit the snooze, roll over, and get a few more minutes of sleep before I have to start my day. But, time keeps on ticking whether I get up or not. Sometimes we all just need a little motivation.

I wanted to share a few tips that have helped me when I have one of those days that I just don’t feel like running. I try to keep in mind that I have never once regretted a run once I get going.

Motivational tips for “getting out there” even when you don’t feel like it:

1.   Pick a running mantra: One of my favorites is “you are stronger than you think.” Every time I want to quit, or not get out at all, I try to remember it’s usually mental.  I am stronger than I think I am. Find a great mantra (or borrow mine!) and repeat it to yourself when the going gets tough.

2.   Prepare ahead of time: One of the main reasons why people find themselves unmotivated to run is because they have to get up really early, or run after a long day at work. My advice for this is to be prepared. If it’s a morning run, lay everything out ahead of time, or even sleep in your running clothes. This makes it easy to get out the door in the morning (and you may get to sleep an extra few minutes with less prep time). If you have to run after work, go ahead and bring your running clothes and change immediately after you finish your job so you have no excuse. Leave a pair of running shoes in the trunk of your car. Have dinner ready ahead of time so you don’t have to spend a lot of fuss to get in some food before going on your run. You could even have a healthy snack in the car waiting for you. Plan, plan, and plan some more!

3.   Buy new clothes: If weather is causing your lack of motivation, make sure you have the proper gear to help combat the conditions. Layer well if it’s cold, or buy a fun new running jacket that you have been wanting. If it’s hot, maybe a cute new visor or moisture wicking top is what you need.

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4.   Take a break: Feeling burnt out after a long training cycle? It may just be time to take a break. Usually after a week or two of no running, I am itching to go again. A week or two won’t make you lose all your fitness, but may be just what you need to get your running mojo back. It can also help to prevent injury, as your body could be telling you it NEEDS a break!

5.   Find accountability partners: Start a blog to keep you accountable, or run with some friends who are counting on you to show up and run with them. This way, you will be less likely to bail. Or, simply ask a friend to give you a little push and check up on you to make sure you are sticking to your plan.

No matter what method you use, be sure to pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are feeling extra sore or injured, take a day or two off just to be safe. Try to remember how lucky you are to have a healthy body that allows you to get you out the door, and keep on running!

QOTD: What is your best tip for having motivation to run?

Fitness Magazine Photos: Ready. Set. Run!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Be sure to tell someone how much you love them!

A couple days ago, I received a message from a reader saying they saw some photos of me in Fitness magazine. Huh. I had no idea! I wasn’t able to get to the store until today, and sure enough, there are four photos of yours truly in the magazine (now if only it listed my blog name I would be a happy girl!)

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Can you find all 4 photos of me without looking below?

The article accompanying these photos (page 74) is titled “Ready. Set. Run!” and spreads the message that anyone can run. When you turn the page, it opens out into a huge training plan chart for running a 5k in six weeks, running a 10k in eight weeks, or running a half marathon in twelve weeks. It gives you a guide on what workouts to do on what days to help you reach your goal, as well as tips for preventing injury.

Tips on how to run better, a gear guide, and popular races and their websites are also included in this handy guide. I am so glad that a magazine as popular as Fitness is helping people achieve their running goals by reminding us that running isn’t just for the elite or super fit, but that average Joe’s like myself can reach their goals as well! It also includes with each plan what to expect, and gives motivational advice. It’s a very uplifting piece, I am so glad they put it in the mag. If you haven’t picked up the issue I encourage you to do so simply for this training plan if you are looking for something to get you started on your running journey.

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Did you spot me? I know it’s hard to see with the gloss of the pages, so here they are up close.

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Woman’s half marathon 2012

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Gulf Coast Half Marathon 2012

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runDisney Princess half marathon 2012 (If you fold out the insert this same photo is across the top).

I was so stoked and honored to see my photos in the magazine, and am so thankful to be included with the great message that this article gives! I hope you will check it out and get moving!

QOTD: What training plan to you use? or do you even use one?

Give Up or Get Up

 

I have shared a little bit about some of the things that have been going on in my life with you here on RWS, but there are also things I have yet to divulge. Some have been going on awhile and also a couple of “new developments.” I will share when I feel the time is right, but now is not that time.

One thing I have shared is my health issues as of late. First the sea sickness patch withdrawals, and now some heart issues. I got a Holter monitor yesterday, and get to take it off today and am also getting an echocardiogram today. The Holter basically monitored my heart for 24 hours with little electrodes stuck all over my chest and sides. Check it out.

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There is one on each side, one right below my bra line then two above. Didn’t think it would be appropriate to show those. Smile Hopefully I will get some answers soon. Also as I sit here and type, I am icing my foot/arch. Not sure what caused this one, or if it has to do with the calf pain I experienced at the Jazz Half marathon. (By the way thanks for all your suggestions! I will be wearing compression socks for Wine and Dine, won’t take GU Roctane with 2x’s caffeine, and will stretch really well….and may wear different shoes, just to experiment.

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Anyway, I have had a couple of hard weeks where issues just seem to keep piling up one after the other. I would be lying if I said I react correctly to these things every time. My natural, human reaction is to freak out, cry, and ask God why he is allowing these things to happen. Eventually, once I get the initial anger and frustration out, I am able to slowly look at things from a different perspective. It’s very difficult for me to do, because by nature I tend to look at the worst case scenario.

I have once again attempted to do what I KNOW I need to do (but it’s sssooo hard!) and that is give it over to God, and stop worrying about it. Anxiety isn’t doing anyone any good, and won’t solve any problems. I know, I know….easier said than done.

There have been times….I am ashamed to admit how many, where I have just felt like giving up. Where staying in the bed and covering my head in hopes that it would all just go away seemed like a good idea. I am aware that this is silly and not an ideal way to live life, but the thought has definitely crossed my mind. So, after a lot of praying, I have decided you DO have a choice. Give up, or get up.

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I am choosing to make it THAT simple. You can use get up in any sense of the word that fits your life. Get out of bed, get out the door on a run, get up and go to work, get up emotionally and change your attitude, etc. I am not a quitter when it comes to the physical sense, I think I have proven that to myself. Now it’s time to prove just how mentally tough I am.

1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

Are you feeling discouraged? Remember this. Everyone will feel disappointments in life, but you can CHOOSE not to be discouraged by them. You can choose to change your attitude, you can choose to be joyful no matter the circumstances, and you can choose how you respond to adversity. So what will you choose? Will you give up, or GET UP!!

I’m GETTING UP and going to try to go for a run today after my cardiologist appointment. Then I need to GET UP and clean the house!

QOTD: What helps you when you are feeling discouraged?